Why you should order an appraisal

Year after year, thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home. A lot of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might seem cheaper than an appraisal, almost all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to acquire an appraisal? Are there more instances when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? Absolutely.

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Challenge your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where property values have declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from MacBride Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, many lenders ask home buyers to buy this added insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Most often, this additional payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is promptly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfavorable. 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.

MacBride Appraisal will produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can generally be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with fewer hang-ups

A divorce is often complicated by the difficult decision of who keeps the house, and it can be a particularly daunting experience for both parties. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from MacBride Appraisal so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

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

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

Losing a loved one is a hard 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the highest degree of discretion.

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these matters, unlike wealthy individuals. 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 walk away knowing they've gotten an honest deal.

Relocate to or from San Diego County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide feedback on the positive characteristics of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

Whether you want to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent, a professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding your asking price. An appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees are calculated on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Seeking a professional appraisal is a reliable 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, because we're experts in knowing how long houses are one the market.

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