Appraisal Process

Promoting Public Trust Part 1: What is USPAP?

Promoting Public Trust Part 1:  What is USPAP?   This is part one of a 12-part blog and podcast series on the appraiser’s professional standards of practice, called USPAP.  If you prefer consuming information by listening to a podcast, this topic will be dropping on The Appraisal Cast very soon! Keep a lookout!    Let’s [...]

Promoting Public Trust Part 1: What is USPAP?2020-05-18T18:35:34+00:00

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

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring Spring is finally here!  Well, technically.  It felt like winter last week, but hey – birds are chirping and the grass is growing!  What better time to start thinking about getting your home ready to sell than the spring?  Here are just a [...]

5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring2020-04-20T16:01:44+00:00

Appraisal vs Assessment: Three Things You Need To Know

If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably wondered about your home’s tax assessment.  Is that my market value?  Is that number accurate? How did they come up with their numbers?  Is that the same as an appraisal? All of these questions are commonly asked, and we’ll look at them in some detail in this blog [...]

Appraisal vs Assessment: Three Things You Need To Know2020-04-03T19:08:11+00:00

Five Ways a Pre-Listing Appraisal Can Help You Sell Your Home

Are you about to put your home up for sale?  Are you nervous about the home selling process?  Although selling a home is a huge deal, pricing it correctly doesn’t have to be.  In this blog post, we’ll discuss how a pre-listing appraisal or even a post-listing appraisal can help sellers and Realtors when pricing [...]

Five Ways a Pre-Listing Appraisal Can Help You Sell Your Home2020-03-23T14:07:48+00:00

Why You Should Have Your Home Professionally Measured

Five Reasons Why You Should Have Your Home Measured by an Appraiser   Few things can cause the sale of a home to fall through faster than a home that has been incorrectly measured, or not measured at all.  However, there is an easy solution, and if you’re a seller or Realtor, you can even [...]

Why You Should Have Your Home Professionally Measured2020-03-09T19:32:54+00:00

What Can I Count as Living Area?

What Can I Count as Living Area?   Enclosed Porches, basements, garages, bonus rooms, unfinished rooms.  Does your home have any of these areas? Are you confused if you can count them in your home’s living area?  In this blog post, we’ll answer the question we’ve heard from countless homeowners: “What can I count as [...]

What Can I Count as Living Area?2020-02-10T00:29:20+00:00

What Does FHA Say About Inground Pools?

Anybody wanna go for a swim?   As I write this blog post, it’s mid-December and currently cold & raining outside my office.  Maybe I’m dreaming of summer already, I don’t know. Regardless, I thought I’d write a quick post about swimming pools and FHA appraisals.   So let’s ‘jump’ right in!  (Sorry. That was [...]

What Does FHA Say About Inground Pools?2020-01-10T21:03:12+00:00

Tip for Homeowners On Remodel Projects

Here's a quick, helpful tip from Ryan for homeowners regarding unfinished remodel projects... Do you have any questions about this? We would love to hear from you!   Helping homeowners navigate the appraisal process, Ryan Bays, SRA, AI-RRS  

Tip for Homeowners On Remodel Projects2020-01-09T23:05:47+00:00

Is a Refinance Appraisal Different from a Purchase Appraisal?

I recently took a call from a friend of mine who is a Realtor.  She listed a home $20,000 higher than the most recent appraisal - which was completed earlier in the year when the homeowners refinanced their mortgage.  And it just so happened that the same appraiser got the assignment for the new purchase, [...]

Is a Refinance Appraisal Different from a Purchase Appraisal?2019-12-02T14:10:17+00:00