PREPARING FOR YOUR APPRAISAL – HOW MUCH TIME?

Here’s a common question about inspections. ‘How long will my appraisal take?’ I’ve heard everything from ‘ an appraisal only takes a few minutes’ to ‘plan to be available for a few hours’.  Actually what people mean is…how long will … Continue reading

BUYING A HOME – DO I NEED AN APPRAISAL?

In plain simple English, your home is your biggest financial investment. Let’s relate it to stocks, shall we? Would you buy a brand new stock, you’d only heard of once? If you were smart, you would read everything you could … Continue reading

POTTED PLANTS FOR A QUICK HOME VALUE FIX?

Adding some vibrant colored blooms to your front yard or porch is one of the quickest ways to improve the visual appeal and beauty of your home. Don’t overdo it – gaudy is not attractive! Choose your landscaping colors carefully … Continue reading

7 QUESTIONS TO PICKING A REAL ESTATE AGENT

By now you know me as a real estate appraiser, but since I have to say something about me on this page, I’ll share some ‘trivia’ with you.  I come from a long line of real estate people.  Five generations … Continue reading

CAN PREPARING FOR A HOME APPRAISAL RAISE APPRAISAL VALUE?

“Having a home appraisal done in the coming week. Any advice? Anything we should do to prepare? I’m nervous!” I found this question online recently, and the replies were shocking! 1. if you are reasonable your appraiser will likely be … Continue reading

IS COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS A FREE APPRAISAL?

Image via Wikipedia COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS CMA stands for Comparative Market Analysis, and NO, a CMA is NOT A FREE APPRAISAL.  In fact, a CMA is completely different than an appraisal. CMA has to do with determining an asking price, … Continue reading

USING FENG SHUI TO GET A HIGHER APPRAISAL

FENG SHUI – MYTH OR FACT? Image via Wikipedia The fundamentals of Feng Shui have been around for thousands and thousands of years in the middle eastern countries. However, Feng Shui has recently been gaining understanding and acceptance in the … Continue reading

TAKE YEARS OFF YOUR HOUSE ROOF WITH TLC

ROOF LIFE EXPECTANCY Most roofs have a life expectancy of about 15 years.  If you bought an existing home, you may not actually know the age of your roof.   If possible, find out from the previous owner and then write … Continue reading

WHAT IS AN APPRAISAL?

Image via Wikipedia An Appraisal is ‘an opinion of value’, whether the item being appraised is jewelry, automobile damage, purebred livestock or real estate. An appraisal is simply one qualified person’s opinion of value. However, the appraiser has had the … Continue reading