Do I Need a Pre-Purchase Appraisal?

What is a pre-purchase appraisal? Many of you may have read my posts in the past about pre-listing appraisals but this is the first time I’ve written about the pre-purchase appraisal. They sound similar but are they? Let me explain what they are and why I’m writing about them. A pre-purchase appraisal is not done […]

Birmingham First Quarter Sales & The Housing Shortage

Jefferson & Shelby County Sales Trends The first quarter of 2018 is now history so I thought I would take a look at how Birmingham home sales for 2018 in both Jefferson and Shelby County were affected by the housing shortage and see how they stack up to past years. I’m going to be looking […]

Listing Your Home for Sale: 4 Appraisal Mistakes to Avoid

Appraisal Mistakes Can Derail Your Home Sale We’re getting into the selling season of the year. With Spring upon us and Summer approaching, many people’s thoughts have turned to selling their home. Before listing your home for sale I want to go over 4 appraisal mistakes you should avoid to make your selling efforts more […]

Does Birmingham Have Aspirational Pricing?

What is Aspirational Pricing? I was reading my friend and appraisal colleague Jonathan Miller’s Housing Notes newsletter this week about aspirational pricing and it got me to thinking. Does Birmingham have aspirational pricing? Miller is an appraiser in Manhattan where high-priced properties are the norm and you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a […]

Can I Choose My Own Appraisal Value?

A Good Question Have you ever asked an appraiser if they could come in at a certain value on an appraisal? Believe it or not, I received a call this week where I was asked if I could provide a low appraisal value. For purposes of our discussion today it doesn’t matter that I was […]

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