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Why you should order an appraisal from Appraisal-One

Thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home each month. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. And while there are a growing number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be cheaper than an appraisal, nearly all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Dispute your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the value of property 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 disputing your tax assessment.

Remove 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, most lenders ask home owners to purchase this extra insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that added payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfavorable 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 Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Appraisal-One can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can usually be regained in little time 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 ordeal for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the house. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Appraisal-One, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they need 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.

Fair and accurate estate liquidation

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

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

Move to or from Orange County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you decide 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 are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

Let Appraisal-One assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price