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Reasons to order an appraisal from Appraisal-One

To a lot of people, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And while there are a budding number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more practical than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are more times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the property value has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Appraisal-One is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, many lenders ask homebuyers to take out this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that additional payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Appraisal-One can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can generally be regained in a short amount of 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 gets the home, and it can be an especially horrible experience for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Appraisal-One so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a painful time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the residential property involved. We guarantee 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 handle these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an unequal 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 gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Orange County for work

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. We take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — at 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 regarding your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they are based on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay 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.

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