Why you should order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal

To many, an appraisal just looks like another fee on the break-sheet for a home sale or refinance. Most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might think that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask home owners to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Oftentimes, this added payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is damaging because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips 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 SoCal will provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can usually be offset 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 can be a particularly horrible experience for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the house. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Premier Appraisal of SoCal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a difficult time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for 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, guaranteeing the maximum degree of discretion.

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

Relocate to or from Orange County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — at the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision when determining your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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 homes are one the market.

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