Why you should get an appraisal from All City Appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation methods that might seem more practical than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are other instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Los Angeles County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from All City Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. At All City Appraisal, we're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, many lenders ask homeowners to purchase this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI is unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI payments 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 cost of the home valuation can usually be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is a very horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the property. 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 home, regardless of the situation.

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 assessment.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful 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 fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Los Angeles County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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.

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