Can A Pre-Listing Appraisal Be Used By The Buyer’s Lender?

I’ve done several pre-listing appraisals recently and I got a question the other day that I wanted to share with you.  The homeowner wanted to know if a pre-listing appraisal could be used by the buyer’s lender to get their mortgage.  The short answer to this is “no”,  however this was not always the case.   […]

Appraisals Are Not Just For Mortgage Financing: Non Traditional Uses

Most people only think about real estate appraisals when they are buying or refinancing a home. In truth real estate appraisals are used for many other “non traditional” uses.  Appraisals are required any time the value of real estate is needed.  The value may be as of the date it was inspected or it could […]

Michael Maher: The Power Of Being Personal

I had the opportunity yesterday to attend the “7 Levels of Communication” event with Michael Maher.  Michael is well known for being the “most referred” real estate agent in the country.  After seeing his energy and sincerity I can see why.  He believes the days of the “me” real estate agent are over (you can […]

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Tom Horn and

I wanted to take this time to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  2010 has been a great year for my business.  I started my appraisal blog to help me connect more with my clients.  It has helped me to build relationships with others in the real estate industry, both […]

Getting to Know the “Get a Real Estate Life” Gang at RE/Max Advantage

I had the opportunity to speak today at the “business booster” meeting for RE/Max Advantage.  Genny Williams, who runs the “Get a Real Estate Life” program, asked me to speak about real estate trends in the Birmingham, Alabama area.  I enjoy these types of meetings because I can talk to Realtors about what is happening […]

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