Reasons you should order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be more prudent than an appraisal, most lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might assume that getting 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 might be beneficial.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your home, so if values have gone down in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. An appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service is your best evidence when building your case. We're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase this added insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this additional payment is lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to dismiss the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Piscitelli Appraisal Service can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

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

The parties will have a clearer picture of what price to set, if they want to sell the home. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate 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 ensure 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 many wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these matters. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've received 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 establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information about any current 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 can help you make a better educated decision regarding your asking price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We analyze the difference in value items 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 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.

Let Piscitelli Appraisal Service assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price