Appraisal services for Oakland and Alameda County homeowners

The top 7 reasons CA homeowners need Bryant REA:

  1. Pre-listing appraisals (whether they're selling the home on their own or using a real estate agent)
  2. To challenge a CA property tax assessment
  3. To reduce your monthly mortgage payment by removing PMI
  4. To reinstate your Home Equity Line of Credit (or HELOC)
  5. Review a different appraiser's report for verification
  6. If real estate property needs to be divided because of a divorce
  7. To settle an estate in Alameda county or CA by determining the true market value of property in question

Need help determining the price of your house in or near Oakland, CA?
Contact Bryant REA.

We at Bryant REA understand the unique needs of a homeowner in need of appraisal services. The appraisal process and reporting formats are relatively routine to our business clients like banks, lawyers, and accountants. As our non-traditionalclient, we will give you extra guidance and explanations through the appraisal process to more clearly understand what we do and how we report the results of our analysis.

Pre-listing Services/For Sale By Owner (FSBO)

Since you have an emotional attachment to your own home, it's often very hard to be objective about it. The professional appraisers at Bryant REA will tell you what you need to know -- not just what you want to hear. We are objective. In addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home will attract buyers, a professional appraisal is a crucial negotiating tool once you have an interested buyer. It's something concrete to show the buyer. An appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your home's price -- not just you saying how much your home is worth. Interested buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be far more likely to give credibility to an expert appraiser's value report than yours.

Need to remove PMI?

A preferred way to cut costs for homeowners is getting the PMI eliminated from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. PMI stands for "Private Mortgage Insurance". Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan amount is less than 80% of the value of your house. In most cases you can apply to the lender to have the PMI removed from your loan. We're seasoned in helping consumers just like you do away with undesirable PMI insurance.

Challenging property tax assessments

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if you live in an area that is going down or is not appreciating as much as other houses close by. That only means you're paying more taxes than you should. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the earlier you take care of a matter like this, the better. When contesting your property tax assessment, getting an appraisal report from Bryant REA is your chief weapon.

Was your HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender might just choose to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your home is in a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. This can be be detrimental to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out, and also inconvenient from a cash flow viewpoint. An expert appraisal from Bryant REA can help you reinstate your HELOC.

We Also Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Would you wish a second opinion without the charge and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you need an expert to double-check your appraisal for accuracy? An appraiser from Bryant REA can go out and check the subject and comparables in question in a field review. If you're in a rush, we'll provide you with a desk review and verify as many facts as we can using online data sources as well as our own files.

Do you need a retrospective review of an appraisal? Bryant REA can help with that too. Even though this is usually requested by banks, you may wish to exercise this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your home.