rightPre-Listing Appraisal Services

    If you’re working with a real estate agent to list your property, more than likely they’ll provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) that lists selected sales in your area as one of the first steps in determining what to set as the “Listing Price".This step is vital if you're going to maximize your profit and minimize the home’s time on the market. If your home has not sold within 120 days it's time to ask why?  Also lenders now are looking more at active listings as competition.

    Even if you're working with the most experienced real estate agent, it's probably in your best interest to have an "objective" third-party opinion. That’s where we come in. For as little as $75.00 we can provide you with a pre-listing appraisal so you have a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar "sales" , the direction your market values are moving & what listings you are competing against. In addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home should sell in 90 days, a professional appraisal is:


  • A valuable negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer.
  • Proof of your home’s worth in the current market.
  • A problems eliminator for last-minute repair hassles that might delay a closing.
  • A pre-qualifying tool to ensure a buyer can secure funding.
  • A swift closing time table.


Often people are surprised to find out that the market value of their home is much more than they thought, so investing in a professional appraisal actually allowed these people to receive more than they thought they would. 


Others who have been given an inflated opinion of their home's value need an appraisal to help them to see the evidence. The same evidence that a buyer's underwriters will review. An overpriced home will not attract buyers. A stale listing gets stigmatized, & thus is avoided. Believe me these days even the lender wants to know how long a property has remained on the market.


putting the appropriate value on your home is different in a rising market to that in a falling one.


Improvements to add value
In addition to “how much?”, there may be other important questions to ask yourself before listing your home.  Questions like, ''Would it be better to paint the entire house before we sell it?”, ''Should I put in that third bathroom?'', ''Should I complete my kitchen remodel?'' Many things which we do to our houses have an effect on their value.  Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal effect. While a kitchen remodel may improve the appeal of a home, it may not add nearly enough to the value to justify the expense. A cost / benefit exercise is needed.

We can step in and help make these decisions. Unlike a real estate agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our appraisal fees are based on efforts to complete the report and not a percentage of the sales price. So a professional appraisal can often help homeowners make the best decisions on investing in their homes and setting an accurate sales price.


Weather FSBO or not for as little as $75.00 you can get an official second opinion to set your mind at ease.






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