Let A.M. Appraisal attend to your appraisal needs

Thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home each year. Many of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Most lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that might appear to be less expensive than an appraisal. You might believe that securing a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might come in handy.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Orange County

If you are in an area where the value of property has depreciated, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from A.M. Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. At A.M. Appraisal, we're qualified to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an extra insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Seeing that additional payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is damaging because PMI isn't necessary 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) that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, A.M. Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home. The price you paid for the appraisal can often 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 an especially traumatic experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the hard decision of who keeps the house. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from A.M. Appraisal so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their house, regardless of the circumstances.

If the parties want 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 received a fair assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

The loss 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the maximum degree of discretion.

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received a fair deal.

Relocate to or from Orange County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, along with information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

Whether you want 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 amount the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we examine the difference in value items like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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 A.M. Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price