Reasons to order an appraisal

To many, an appraisal is simply another cost in the long list of items for a home purchase or refinance. Almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more practical than an appraisal. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Of course there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment in Ventura County

If you are 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're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that many lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. More often than not, this extra payment is folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the United States Congress passed a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, Piscitelli Appraisal Service can give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation 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 burdensome decision of who gets the house, and it can be a particularly daunting occurrence for both parties. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their property.

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

Ascertain an accurate and fair 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 requires an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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 manage these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Ventura County through an employee relocation program

We are aware of the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, as well as information about any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Close on your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision when determining your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we determine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Getting a professional appraisal is a trusted 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses are one the market.

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