Why you should hire an appraiser

Year after year, thousands of people in California purchase, sell or refinance their home. Many of these transactions include a simple line item for an appraisal. And even though there are an increasing number of automated home valuation methods that might appear to be more practical than an appraisal, most lenders still need a local expert because the stakes are very high. Is obtaining a mortgage the only reason you should get an appraisal? Are there other cases when the services of a certified, independent real estate professional could come in handy? Of course.

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Contest your tax assessment in Los Angeles County

It's probable 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 home, so if prices are less than what they used to be in your area, you can appeal your assessment and save money. When building your case, an appraisal from us is your best evidence. We can assist you in appealing your tax assessment.

Getting rid of your PMI for mortgage payments

When the amount being loaned to the homeowneris more than 80% of the actual value of the property, nearly all lenders ask homeowners to purchase this additional insurance plan. That policy is Private Mortgage Insurance, or PMI. Seeing that added payment is usually lumped into the monthly mortgage payment, it is often forgotten. PMI isn't required when the leftover balance of the loan - whether through market appreciation or principal pay down - goes below the 80% level, making this very unfortunate. In fact, the Homeowners Protection Act (HPA) of 1998 was implemented by the United States Congress that requires lenders to eliminate the PMI payments when the loan-to-value ratio conditions have been met.

If you'd like to do away with PMI, SafeValues Inc. can provide you with a statement regarding the value of your home. The cost of the home valuation can generally be recovered in just a few months because you'll no longer be paying the PMI.

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Settle a divorce with less stress

A divorce is an especially horrible experience for the parties involved, and it is often more complicated by the troublesome decision of who keeps the property. Regardless of the situation, it's a good idea to get an appraisal from SafeValues Inc. so both parties are entirely aware of the true market value of their property.

If the parties want to sell the home, they'll have a clearer picture of what price to set. And if a "buyout" is the chosen option, both parties will feel like they've gotten a fair assessment.

Ascertain an accurate and fair valuation for estate liquidation

Losing 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 residential property involved. We guarantee the utmost 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 matters, unlike many wealthy 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 vital importance to ensuring disputing parties leave knowing they've gotten a fair deal.

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

We understand the headaches associated with an employee relocation. That's why we take great care in organizing an accommodating appointment time for the appraisal inspection. During our detailed inspection, we suggest relocating employees to provide input on the positive attributes of their property, along with information about any new sales or listings in their area that they want considered.

Sell your home quickly — for an accurate price

A professional appraisal can 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 depend on our efforts to complete the appraisal report and and aren't related to the sales price.

We determine the difference in value items like an additional bathroom or a kitchen remodel can make on a daily basis. And we're experts in knowing how long propertiesare on the market. So, getting a professional appraisal is a reliable way to decide 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.

Let SafeValues Inc. assist you in selling your home quickly at the right price