6 Reasons to order an appraisal from Good Appraisal Services, Inc.

Thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home each month. A lot of these transactions have a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear more cost-effective than an appraisal, practically all lenders still call in a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might think that getting a mortgage is the only reason to get an appraisal, but there are other cases when the services of a licensed, independent real estate professional might be helpful.

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Challenge your tax assessment in Riverside County

It's possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you reside in an area where property values have depreciated. Property taxes are determined by a past assessment of your real estate, so if prices have declined in your neighborhood, you can challenge your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Good Appraisal Services, Inc., we're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Removing PMI for mortgage payments

Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI, is a supplemental insurance policy that almost all lenders ask home buyers to buy when the amount being loaned to the buyer is more than 80% of the actual value of the home. Since the additional payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI becomes unnecessary when the remaining balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% mark. In fact, the United States Congress invoked a law in 1998 (the Homeowners Protection Act of 1998) requiring lenders to remove the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Good Appraisal Services, Inc. will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the expense of the home valuation can often be recovered in little time because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Divorce settlement with less stress

A divorce can be a particularly traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the strenuous decision of who gets the property. It's a good idea to order an appraisal from Good Appraisal Services, Inc. so both parties are completely aware of the true market value of their home, regardless of the situation.

The parties will have a a good idea of what price to set, if they need 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 evaluation.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult 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 maximum degree of discretion, as we're bound with confidentiality by the ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Unlike wealthy individuals, most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to handle these affairs. And since a home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, understanding the true value of the real estate at hand is of essential importance to ensuring disputing parties walk away knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

Move to or from Riverside County for work

We are aware of the stress involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive aspects of their property, as well as information regarding any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Sell your home promptly — for the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a more informed decision regarding your selling price, whether you decide 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 rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

We examine the difference in value things like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long housesare on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to determine what improvements will add value and what a suitable 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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