6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service

Thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home each year. Most of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. You might assume that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are more instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Appeal your tax assessment

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

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home owners to buy when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This added payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Piscitelli Appraisal Service can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce can be a very horrible event for both parties, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the home. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the situation.

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

Determine an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of 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 residential property involved. We guarantee the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. And seeing that 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 leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Ventura County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on 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 will help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesstay on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what an appropriate 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 Piscitelli Appraisal Service assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price