Reasons to hire an appraiser

To many, an appraisal is simply a line item in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation processes that might seem more prudent than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Los Angeles County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your real estate, so if values are less than what they used to be in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from All City Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, nearly all lenders ask home buyers to purchase this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This extra payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

All City Appraisal will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the appraisal can generally be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the property, and it can be a particularly traumatic event for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from All City Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property.

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move to or from Los Angeles County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees depend on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable sales price is for your home so you don't come up short or have your house on the market an unnecessarily long time, because we're experts in knowing how long properties are one the market.

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