Reasons you should order an appraisal from A.M. Appraisal

To a lot of people, an appraisal just looks like a line item on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Most lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high, even though there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may appear to be more practical than an appraisal. Is getting a mortgage the only basis for getting an appraisal? Are there more times when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Orange County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have declined. Property 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. An appraisal from A.M. Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We're equipped to assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the home, almost all lenders ask home owners to take out this extra insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. 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 remainder 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) that requires lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, A.M. Appraisal can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The expense of the home valuation can often be offset in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who maintains the house, and it can be an especially traumatic ordeal for both parties. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from A.M. Appraisal, regardless of the circumstances.

The parties will have a good idea 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.

Determine 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 entails an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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 take care of these matters. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Move 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 an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home quickly — 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 will help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling 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 rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

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