Appraisal Process

The Three Qualities Every Appraiser Must Have

When it comes to the valuation of real property, an appraiser can do the job poorly, or well.  He or she can have two years' experience, or 25.  The latest and greatest technological advancements can be used, or the appraisal can be completed using good old-fashioned paper and pen.  Appraisers come in all shapes and [...]

The Three Qualities Every Appraiser Must Have 2018-08-06T18:51:41+00:00

Location: Still The King of Real Estate, Part 2

In my last post, I discussed why location is still the most important factor in real estate.  Today, we'll dig deeper and look at a few real examples of neighborhoods.  If you're wondering how an appraiser chooses his or her comparable sales, this is a must-read. Example #1 So let's say I'm appraising a home [...]

Location: Still The King of Real Estate, Part 2 2017-11-22T22:39:01+00:00

Location: Still The King of Real Estate

Even if you didn't grow up in a real estate family like me, you've no doubt heard the question, "What is most important when it comes to real estate?"  The answer, of course, as we've had it drilled into us countless times, is location, location, location.  According to a New York Times article, the phrase has [...]

Location: Still The King of Real Estate 2017-11-15T23:31:57+00:00

FHA Friday: What does FHA say about a Converted Garage?

So we're starting a new blog series called 'FHA Friday'.  We're doing so much FHA appraisal work right now, we thought it might be helpful to discuss some of the FHA-related appraisal issues we find.  If you have an FHA, USDA, or even VA appraisal related question, feel free to let us know!   Today, [...]

FHA Friday: What does FHA say about a Converted Garage? 2017-07-14T21:35:44+00:00

The Power of a Pre-Listing Appraisal

Are you planning on listing your home this Spring?  If so, you should do two things:  hire a Realtor, and get a Pre-Listing Appraisal.   More and more, I am doing appraisals for individuals selling their home on their own.  While some have done this with much success, it can be an extremely costly (in [...]

The Power of a Pre-Listing Appraisal 2017-03-26T21:47:40+00:00

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring

Spring is finally here!  Well, technically.  We’ll still probably get some snow in a week, but hey – birds are chirping and grass is growing!  What better time to start thinking about getting your home ready to sell than the spring?  Here are just a few tips for getting your home ready to show to [...]

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring 2016-03-22T21:54:46+00:00

People Get Ready, the Appraiser is Coming!

We prepare ourselves for a lot of things.  A job interview.  A wedding.  A night out with our spouse.  The birth of a baby.  A huge test.  But how many homeowners actually take time to prepare for an appraiser coming?  You might be surprised to know that I’ve seen more than my fair share of [...]

People Get Ready, the Appraiser is Coming! 2015-09-26T22:51:50+00:00

Does Your House Measure Up, Part 3: Why Does It Matter?

So far in our series on home measurements, we’ve looked at how public records can differ from an appraiser, and how manufactured homes are measured.  If you missed either one of those blog posts, you can find them here and here. Now let’s look at one final example of how inaccurate measurements can cost you serious money.  [...]

Does Your House Measure Up, Part 3: Why Does It Matter? 2015-04-20T22:20:08+00:00

Does Your House Measure Up, Part 2: Manufactured Homes

In our last post, we discussed in the importance of accurate measurements, and how there can sometimes be large discrepancies between what public records show, versus what actually exists.  Now, it Part Two, we will look at how this applies to manufactured homes. Manufactured homes are a big part of the real estate industry in [...]

Does Your House Measure Up, Part 2: Manufactured Homes 2015-03-18T21:53:57+00:00