Let Piscitelli Appraisal Service take care of your appraisal needs

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply one more thing in the long list of items for a home sale or refinance. The majority of lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear cheaper than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also situations when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be helpful? Of course there are.

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Appeal your tax assessment

It's probable you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Ad Valorem taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices have gone down in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Piscitelli Appraisal Service, we're capable of assisting you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an additional insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the homeowner is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Since the added payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is no longer required when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments 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 cost of the appraisal can generally be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the home, and it can be an especially daunting experience for both parties. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Piscitelli Appraisal Service so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a clearer picture 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.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing 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. We ensure the fullest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues, unlike many wealthy individuals. A home or other property often makes up a disproportionate 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 walk away knowing they've received an honest deal.

Move to or from Ventura County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our thorough inspection.

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 more informed decision regarding your selling price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees are based on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze 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 housesstay on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide what improvements will add value and what an applicable 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 help you sell your home quickly at the right price