Why you should order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service

Each year, thousands of people in buy, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Nearly all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more practical than an appraisal. You might assume that getting a mortgage is the only reason to acquire an appraisal, but there are other times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional might be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Ventura County

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are based upon a previous assessment of your home, so if prices have gone down in your area, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're qualified to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to reduce a mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the homebuyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, almost all lenders ask buyers to take out this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. This additional payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI is unnecessary 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 invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to eliminate 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 will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can generally be regained in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce can be an especially daunting ordeal for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the burdensome 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 house, regardless of the situation.

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

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 calls for 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).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these issues, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Ventura County for work

We understand the stress associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up 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 regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

Whether you decide to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. Unlike 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 rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine 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 housesare 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