What is gross living area in an appraisal?

What’s the big deal with gross living area? There is a direct correlation between the amount of gross living area in your home and its market value. If everything else is the same, a home with greater square footage (gross living area) will typically be worth more. During an appraisal, the appraiser will take measurements […]

What makes a good sales comparable?

A guide to choosing a good sales comparable As an appraiser, I speak a lot at real estate agent’s offices. One of the most popular questions I get is how to choose a good sales comparable. This may seem like a very basic question to an appraiser but it can be confusing to an agent. […]

9 Unintended consequences from no appraisal mortgages

Are no appraisal mortgages a wolf in sheep’s clothing? I’ve seen a lot of celebration recently from various players in the home purchase and mortgage game regarding the decision by Freddie Mac to skip getting a traditional appraisal. While it may sound good up front because they promise to reduce the cost to the buyer […]

6 Reasons Real Estate Appraisers Can Be A Realtor’s Best Friend

Real Estate Appraisers Can Be A Realtor’s Best Friend Contrary to popular belief appraisers and real estate agents can interact with one another. One of the main messages I make sure to get across whenever I speak at local agent’s offices is that it is okay for them to call the appraiser who is appraising […]

5 Real estate stats homeowners should know and a Shelby County market update

Understanding your local market As homeowners, it’s good to know a little bit about the market our home is located in. There’s no need to be a professional statistician but it’s really not necessary. There are a couple of real estate stats that are good to know as they can give us a feel for […]

 

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