Reasons to get an appraisal

Thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home each month. Many of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are a budding number of automated home valuation processes that may seem more practical than an appraisal, almost all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are so high. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there additional situations when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Of course.

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Contest your tax assessment in San Diego County

It's likely you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if values are less than what they used to be 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're capable of assisting you in disputing your tax assessment.

PMI removal to lower a mortgage payment

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is an added insurance policy that almost all lenders ask buyers to purchase when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. This extra payment is often lumped into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was invoked by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments 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 appraisal can generally be recovered in a short amount of time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce can be a very traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often even more complicated by the hard decision of who gets the home. Regardless of the situation, 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 house.

The parties will have a better idea 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 received a fair assessment.

Ascertain a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of 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. We ensure the highest degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an unequal share of the total estate value, so understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from San Diego County for work

Employee relocation can be a stressful event, and we understand. That's why we take great care in establishing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive characteristics of their property, along with information regarding any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered during our detailed inspection.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate 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 better educated decision when determining your selling price. Apart from a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't a percentage of the sales price, but rather they depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Getting 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, because we're experts in knowing how long homes stay on the market.

Let MacBride Appraisal assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price