Why you should get an appraisal

To many, an appraisal just looks like a line item in the long list of items for a mortgage or refinance. And even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may seem more prudent than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are incredibly high. Is getting a mortgage the only reason to get an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial? You bet there are.

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Dispute your tax assessment

It's quite 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 house, so if values have declined in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. An appraisal from MacBride Appraisal is your best evidence when building your case. We can assist you in challenging your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance plan that nearly all lenders ask home owners to buy when the amount being loaned to the home owner is more than 80% of the actual value of the property. This extra payment is often bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to dismiss the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

MacBride Appraisal can produce a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can often be offset in little time 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 challenging decision of who gets the property, and it can be a very daunting event for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from MacBride Appraisal so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

If the parties need to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often calls for an appraisal to establish Fair Market Value for the real estate 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).

Unlike wealthier individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these issues. A home or other property often makes up an uneven 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 gotten an honest deal.

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

We know the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our thorough inspection, we encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any recent sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — at an accurate 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 more informed 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 aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, getting 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.

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