Reasons you should order an appraisal from Collard Appraisal Group

Year after year, thousands of people in California buy, sell or refinance their home. Most of these transactions contain a simple line item for an appraisal. While there are an increasing number of automated home valuation processes that might appear to be cheaper than an appraisal, practically all lenders still want a local expert because the stakes are very high. You might believe that obtaining a mortgage is the only reason you should get an appraisal, but there are more cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could be beneficial.

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Dispute your tax assessment in Los Angeles County

It's quite possible you're paying too much in property taxes if you live in an area where property values have declined. Property taxes are determined by a previous assessment of your home, so if values have gone down in your neighborhood, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. At Collard Appraisal Group, we're capable of assisting you in appealing your tax assessment.

Eliminate PMI to lower your mortgage payment

When the amount being loaned to the buyeris more than 80% of the actual value of the real estate, most lenders ask home owners to buy this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. More often than not, this extra payment is bundled into the monthly mortgage payment and is quickly forgotten. PMI isn't necessary when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - decreases below the 80% mark, making this very unfavorable. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to eliminate the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to get rid of PMI, Collard Appraisal Group will give you a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the appraisal can often be regained in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Get a fair valuation on a home take make a divorce settlement less stressful

A divorce can be a very traumatic experience for both parties, and it is often more complicated by the strenuous decision of who keeps the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Collard Appraisal Group 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 better idea of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've received a fair evaluation.

Determine a fair and accurate valuation for estate liquidation

The loss of a loved one is a difficult 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. The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, guaranteeing the highest degree of discretion.

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

Relocate to or from Los Angeles County through an employee relocation program

We understand the headaches involved with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. We encourage relocating employees to provide input on the positive features of their property, along with information regarding any current sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered during our intensive inspection.

Close on your home promptly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal will help you make a more informed decision regarding 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 price the house sells for, apart from real estate agents. Our fees rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report and not a percentage of the sales price.

We analyze the difference in value things like an extra bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. Obtaining a professional appraisal is a trusted way to decide 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, because we're experts in knowing how long properties are one the market.

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