6 Reasons to choose an appraisal from MacBride Appraisal

Thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home each month. Many of these transactions consist of a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are a growing number of automated home valuation systems that might seem more economical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might think that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are additional instances when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you are in an area where the value of property has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that nearly all lenders ask homebuyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the home buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate. This additional payment is often folded into the monthly mortgage payment and is soon forgotten. This is unfavorable because PMI is unnecessary 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 passed by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

MacBride Appraisal can give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is often complicated by the burdensome decision of who keeps the house, and it can be a very horrible ordeal for both parties. Regardless of the circumstances, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from MacBride Appraisal so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their home.

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 gotten a fair assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The death 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 residential property 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).

Most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these issues, unlike wealthy individuals. And since a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true value of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've received an honest deal.

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

We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. We take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we recommend relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Close on your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they are calculated on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesstay on the market. So, seeking a professional appraisal is a trusted 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.

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