Need an appraisal in Carnation or King County?

Here are the top seven reasons Washington homeowners use Caliber Appraisal:

  1. Get a pre-listing appraisal (whether they're selling the home themselves or using an agent)
  2. Challenge King County's assessment of your property
  3. To reduce your mortgage payment by removing PMI
  4. To reinstate their Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
  5. Verify a different appraiser's report
  6. If real estate property needs to be divided because of a divorce
  7. Settle an estate in Washington by determining the true market value of real estate
Need help determining the price of your house in or near Carnation, Washington? Contact Caliber Appraisal.

At Caliber Appraisal, we understand the special needs of a customer looking for appraisal services. While our typical 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 house, it's often very hard to be objective about it. Our professional appraisers at Caliber Appraisal are objective. We won't just tell you what you want to hear, we will tell you what you need to know. A professional appraisal is a very important negotiating tool once you have an interested buyer, in addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your house will attract interested buyers. It's something tangible to show the buyer. It's an independent third party's opinion of your home's value, and not just how much your home is worth. Potential buyers know you have an emotional attachment to your home and will be more likely to give credibility to a professional appraiser's value opinion than yours.

Challenging a property tax assessment

Your local tax assessor may have your home overvalued if you live in an area that is declining or is not appreciating as much as other houses close to yours. That only means you're most likely paying more taxes than you should. Since your property assessment may likely go up again in the next period, the sooner you take care of a matter like this, the better. When challenging your property tax assessment, getting an expert appraisal from Caliber Appraisal is your perfect weapon.

PMI Removal Appraisals

A popular way to save money 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 is down below 80% of the value of your house. In most cases you can apply to a lender to have the PMI canceled from your loan. We are experienced in helping clients just like you get rid of undesirable PMI insurance.

HELOC recently frozen?

Your lender might make the decision to automatically freeze your home equity line of credit (HELOC) if your house is in or near a declining area -- even if your specific property has not declined in value. This can be disadvantageous from a cash flow standpoint, and bad for your credit score since it may appear as though that credit line is maxed out. An expert appraisal from Caliber Appraisal can help you reinstate your HELOC.

We Offer Field and Desktop Appraisal Review Services

Would you prefer a second opinion without the expense and delay of waiting for a whole new appraisal? Or do you need a seasoned appraiser to double-check your appraisal for efficiency? In a field review we will go out and check the subject and comparables in question. Or, if you need it in a rush, we can provide you with a desk review and verify as many facts as we can, using online data sources as well as our own files.

We can also provide you with a retrospective review of any appraisal report you may have in your possession. Even though most review work is commissioned by lenders for quality control, homeowners that have reason to believe a prior appraisal wasn't above board are prudent to invest in a second opinion.