Attention homeowners in Oakland and Alameda County: Need an appraisal?

See the top reasons CA homeowners hire Bryant REA:

  1. Pre-listing appraisals (whether they're selling the home on their own or using a real estate agent)
  2. Challenge property tax assessments
  3. Remove PMI to cut their mortgage payments
  4. Reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. Verify a different appraiser's report
  6. If property needs to be divided because of a divorce
  7. To settle an estate in CA by determining the true market value of property in question

Do you own a home in or near Oakland? Do you need help deciding the price of your real estate?
Contact Bryant REA.

At Bryant REA, we understand the special needs of a homeowner seeking appraisal services. While our usual clients understand the appraisal process and standard reporting formats, you as a consumer will get extra customer service in the form of an explanation of the process and even special consumer-friendly reporting forms if the assignment allows for them.

Pre-listing Services/For Sale By Owner

Since you have an emotional attachment to your 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 property will attract buyers, a professional appraisal is very important as a negotiating tool once you have an interested buyer. The appraisal is something concrete to show your buyer. An appraisal is an independent third party's opinion of your home's price -- not just how much your home is worth. Potential buyers assume that you have an emotional attachment to your house and will be far more likely to give credibility to an experienced appraiser's value opinion than yours.

Need to cancel PMI?

PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. An attractive way to cut costs for homeowners is to get the PMI eliminated from their mortgage loan, thus saving them money on their monthly payments. Your monthly payments will go down once your mortgage loan amount is down below 80% of the value of your home. In most cases you can apply to your lender to have the PMI removed from your loan. At Bryant REA, we're experienced in helping people just like you get rid of unwanted PMI insurance.

Challenge Alameda county's assessment of your property

Lets say your house is not appreciating as much as other homes close by -- your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued. That means you are paying more taxes than you should. The quicker you take care of a matter like this, the better, since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period. When challenging your property tax assessment, getting an appraisal report from Bryant REA is your chief weapon.

HELOC recently frozen?

If your house is near a declining area, your lender may just decide to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) - even if your specific property has not declined in value. This can this be annoying from a cash flow point of view, and harmful to your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. An appraisal from Bryant REA can help you reinstate your HELOC.

We Also Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Do you need a seasoned expert to double-check your appraisal for preciseness, or do you desire a second opinion without the added cost and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Bryant REA offers field reviews where we go out and check the subject and comps in question. 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.

Need a retrospective review of an appraisal? We can help with that too. While usually requested by banks, you may desire to exploit this service if you suspect mortgage fraud related to your property.