6 Reasons to order an appraisal from 1st Quality Appraisals, Inc
Year after year, thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. Practically all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a multiplying number of automated home valuation systems that may appear more economical than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only basis for getting an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy.
Appeal your tax assessment in San Bernardino County
If you reside in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from 1st Quality Appraisals, Inc is your best evidence when building your case. At 1st Quality Appraisals, Inc, we're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.
Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment
Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that most lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homebuyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This added payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress passed 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, 1st Quality Appraisals, Inc will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the appraisal can often be offset in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.
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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups
A divorce is often complicated by the challenging decision of who keeps the house, and it can be a particularly daunting occurrence for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from 1st Quality Appraisals, Inc so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.
If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a a good idea of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.
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 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, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.
Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true worth of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.
Relocate to or from San Bernardino County for work
Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide input on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information about any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.
Sell your home promptly — at the right price
A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision when determining your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. 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 rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.
We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted way to determine 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 stay on the market.