Let Collard Appraisal Group attend to your appraisal needs

To a lot of us, an appraisal is simply a line item on the break-sheet for a mortgage or refinance. Nearly all lenders still call for a local expert because the stakes are so high, even though there are a developing number of automated home valuation systems that may appear to be more cost-effective than an appraisal. Is securing a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there also times when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Of course there are.

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Contest your tax assessment

If you live in an area where the property value has declined, it's possible you're paying too much in property taxes. An appraisal from Collard Appraisal Group is your best evidence when building your case. We're qualified to assist you in disputing your tax assessment.

Eliminating PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, most lenders ask home buyers to take out this additional insurance policy. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that extra payment is usually folded into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. This is unfortunate because PMI isn't required when the remainder of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - falls below the 80% level. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress requiring lenders to do away with the PMI installments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

Collard Appraisal Group will give you a statement regarding the value of your home, and the price you paid for the home valuation can usually be recovered in little time 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 is an especially daunting experience for the parties involved, and it is often further complicated by the hard decision of who maintains the property. So both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property, it's a good idea to order an appraisal from Collard Appraisal Group, regardless of the situation.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a a good 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.

Accurate and fair estate liquidation

The death of a loved one is a hard time in life, and settling an estate from a death, or probate, often requires 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, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

Most Americans don't have dedicated estate planners or executors to manage these affairs, unlike wealthier individuals. A home or other property often makes up an uneven share of the total estate value, so knowing 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 Los Angeles County through an employee relocation program

Employee relocation is a stressful event, and we understand. That being said, we take great care in setting up a convenient appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our intensive inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide remarks on the positive features of their property, as well as information about any new sales or listings in their neighborhood that they want considered.

Close on your home promptly — at the right price

A professional appraisal can help you make a better educated decision regarding your selling price, whether you choose to sell your home on your own or use the assistance of a real estate agent. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what price the house sells for. Our fees aren't related to the sales price, but rather they rest on our efforts to finish the appraisal report.

On a daily basis, we analyze the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make. Obtaining 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 houses stay on the market.

Let Collard Appraisal Group help you sell your home quickly at the right price