6 Reasons to consider an appraisal from MacBride Appraisal

Thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home every year. Most of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. Even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear cheaper than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Of course.

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Appeal your tax assessment

If you reside in an area where the value of property has 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're equipped to assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the home owneris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, almost all lenders ask homeowners to purchase this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Since the extra payment is usually bundled into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI becomes unnecessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - dips below the 80% mark, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

MacBride Appraisal can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home, and the cost of the home valuation can generally be offset in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a clear valuation on a home for divorce settlements

A divorce is a particularly horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often even more complicated by the challenging decision of who gets the home. It's a good idea to get an appraisal from MacBride Appraisal so both parties are fully aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

If the parties wish to sell the home, they'll have a better idea of what price to set. And on the flip side, if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair assessment.

Fair and accurate 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 residential property involved. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

Unlike many wealthy individuals, most Americans do not have dedicated estate planners or executors to take care of these affairs. And seeing that a home or other property often makes up a disproportionate share of the total estate value, knowing the true worth of the real estate at hand is of significant importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

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

We understand the stress associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any current sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Sell your home quickly — at the right price

A professional appraisal will help you make a better educated decision when determining your asking price, whether you decide to sell your home on your own or with the help of a real estate agent. An appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for, unlike 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 examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long homesare on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine 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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