Reasons to choose an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of Southern California

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply another fee on the settlement sheet for a home sale or refinance. The majority of lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be more economical than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Premier Appraisal of Southern California is your best evidence when building your case. At Premier Appraisal of Southern California, we're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that almost all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. Very often, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is damaging because PMI is no longer required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Premier Appraisal of Southern California will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the home valuation can often be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who maintains the home, and it can be an especially horrible event for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of Southern California so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their house.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate involved. We guarantee the utmost degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Orange County for work

We know the stress involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide what improvements will add value and what an applicable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time.

Let Premier Appraisal of Southern California assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price