Appraisal Process

Appraisal 101 Part 1: Back to the Basics

School is in session. In this blog post - which is part one of a three-part series called ‘Appraisal 101’ - we will be answering two very important and fundamental questions:  What is a real estate appraisal?; and what is a real estate appraiser? Question 1:  What is a real estate appraisal? If you Google ‘what is [...]

Appraisal 101 Part 1: Back to the Basics2019-01-18T18:04:13+00:00

Four Ways Appraisers Can Help Homeowners

Appraisers have many tools in our tool belt to help homeowners, just like you.  Rarely do we ever just supply an opinion of value (appraisal) and leave it at that.  Sure, that's what we do best, and what we are trained to do.  But in addition to forming an opinion of the value of your [...]

Four Ways Appraisers Can Help Homeowners2019-01-06T04:34:25+00:00

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 Have2018-08-06T18:51:41+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 22017-11-22T22:39:01+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 Estate2017-11-15T23:31:57+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 Appraisal2017-03-26T21:47:40+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 Spring2016-03-22T21:54:46+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