Why you should order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. And even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there more situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be beneficial? Of course.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your house, so if values have gone down in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Very often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress implemented a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

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

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the troublesome decision of who gets the house, and it can be a very daunting event for both parties. So both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service, regardless of the situation.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The loss 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the fullest degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, 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.

Relocate to or from Ventura County for work

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. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for an accurate 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 more informed decision when determining your selling price. Apart from 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 and aren't related to the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses stay on the market.

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