SHOW OFF YOUR HOME VALUE BY REMOVING DISTRACTIONS

By Sherie Smith, Certified General Appraiser/Consultant, Copyright 2010

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IS COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS A FREE APPRAISAL?

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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, a listing price, a place to start when putting your home on the market.  But comparing a CMA to an unbiased appraisal done by a certified expert, well, that’s like comparing apples and oranges. Many people try to pass off a Comparative Market Analysis as a true appraisal and will advertise online- ‘GET YOUR FREE APPRAISAL HERE’.  But it CMA’s and certified appraisals were the same, then your lender would use THAT for underwriting your loan – and they don’t.  They order a genuine appraisal.  Continue reading

EDUCATE YOUR APPRAISER FOR BEST APPRAISAL VALUE

By Sherie Smith, Certified General Appraiser/Consultant, Copyright 2010

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USING FENG SHUI TO GET A HIGHER APPRAISAL

FENG SHUI – MYTH OR FACT?

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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 United States. Let’s look at it from a more practical angle. You leave for work nicely dressed, you’re having a good hair day, you’ve got enough cash for a nice lunch with friends and the sun is absolutely gorgeous today. Does that start your day off right? Sure it does! Continue reading

BRAGGING RIGHTS CAN BOOST YOUR APPRAISAL VALUE

By Sherie Smith, Certified General Appraiser/Consultant, Copyright 2010

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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 the information down in a house journal.   Don’t rely on yourself to remember, that will simply never happen.  If you bought the home new, then you can easily estimate the age as one month to 6 months previous to your moving into the home. Continue reading

WHAT IS AN APPRAISAL?

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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 appropriate training and experience, as well as being licensed or certified by the appropriate state.  Real estate appraisers normally begin by inspecting the property. Continue reading

TOP LANDSCAPING TIPS FOR EVERY BUDGET

Whether we want to admit it or not, the EXTERIOR of our home can make or break the INTERIOR! The interior may be absolutely stunning! It may even be professionally designed and decorated. But if the potential buyer can’t get past the ugly and overgrown lawn, it won’t matter one red cent. Watch this well-done video to get Top Landscaping Tips that can be as affordable or expensive as YOU choose.

EXTERIOR LIGHTING MAKEOVER – CHEAP AND EFFECTIVE

Affordable Lighting Repair

Not very impressive is it? One tarnished and dull brass light! But look at the dark expresso light on the left. This is the cheapest ‘exterior lighting save’ in the world!

If you have tarnished and ugly exterior fixtures, consider a quick paint job. Clean the glass and metal up with hot soapy water, let it dry then give your fixture a light sanding to remove any remaining slick spots. Wipe off the sanding grit with another damp cloth and let it dry again. Now paint with either white, black or dark expresso brown exterior metal paint – probably less than $5!

All three of these colors are popular in lighting and both interior and exterior decor colors right now. They’ll look brand new and right in style!

With a few strokes of your paint brush, your front entrance will make a much nicer impression on visitors, potential buyers and your appraiser!

Sherie Smith, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and Consultant, Copyright 2010
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