Reasons to order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service

Each year, thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. Almost all lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may appear more economical than an appraisal. You might assume that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Ventura County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Ad Valorem taxes are based upon a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, almost all lenders ask home buyers to purchase this supplemental insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the extra payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder 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 passed by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to eliminate PMI, Piscitelli Appraisal Service will produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can usually be recovered 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 burdensome decision of who gets the home, and it can be a very horrible experience for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their property, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a better 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

Losing 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 residential property involved. We ensure the utmost 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 do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these matters. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

Relocate to or from Ventura County for work

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive features of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate 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 better educated decision when determining your selling price. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, obtaining 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.

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