Appraising in Delaware, the Blog...

January 4th, 2018 11:17 AM

When we go out to a home to do an inspection, there are 2 main things we need to do: measure the GLA (gross living area) and take photographs of every room. Here are some reasons why we measure:
1. We are required to measure by the lender.
It is a requirement that any appraisal for a federal loan include a sketch of the subject property with labelled rooms. 
2. Double check that GLA and county records match.
This is usually not a problem with homes built within the last 10 years, but if there is a large discrepancy between the appraiser's measurement and county records, it can be a flag for additions (unpermitted or sometimes permitted additions that have not been added to county records).
3. Does the floor plan flow?
By measuring we are able to determine things we may otherwise miss. For example, when measuring a home that has an addition, we determined that the master bedroom was only accessible by walking through another bedroom. Doing a sketch and labeling the floor plans, helps us notice these things.


October 5th, 2017 3:35 PM

The appraiser won't know what your home is worth the second he walks in the door...What can you do to help the appraiser? Here are 4 things you can do:

1. Prep your space - declutter, dust, and mop beforehand to show your home in its best light. Also, inform all occupants that an appraiser is coming so everyone is up and out of bed! Appraisers don't judge cleanliness but a neat, organized home might help you.

2. Get your paperwork in order - gather all the information you have about the house and have it ready for the appraiser. Have a list of major improvements as well as detailed info about the age and condition of the roof, HVAC systems, and major appliances. This will be very helpful!

3. Don't put too much stock in home improvements - We're sure your brand-new kitchen is stunning, but don't be surprised if it doesn't proportionally raise your home's market value. If you spent $50,000, you're likely to see only a fraction of that returned in value.

4. Be honest - Before listing, make sure you and your realtor take a realistic look at what your home actually offers. It might be tempting to pad some square footage here and there. However, your appraiser won't be fooled, so it's best to always be truthful.


August 23rd, 2017 2:20 PM

10 ways to boost the value of your home.
1. Paint Your Home

Choosing the right shade of paint can actually help you sell your home. A current color scheme adds to its appeal and can prompt a faster sale.

2. Clean Up The Lawn

Another great technique to boost your home value is cleaning up the lawn. Make sure the lawn is mowed, raked, and trimmed. The first thing potential buyers see is your curb appeal.

3. Create Space

A trick of the trade to help you get top dollar when selling your home is creating space. Anything that opens up the space will make the home appear bigger and brighter.

4. Light

Make sure your home feels light and airy. A room full of light feels bigger.

There are many techniques you can use to make a room lighter:

Paint the ceiling white
Choose a color scheme of light
Maximize natural light
Keep window dressing light and simple
Open up shades to let light in
5. Flooring

Consider adding wood, tiles, or natural stones for flooring options to add value to your home. A quick way to boost the value of your home is by adding hardwood floors. The number one thing buyers are frequently looking for are hardwood floor and it can help sell your home faster.

6. Power Wash Paths And Siding

Give the outside of your home an uplift by power washing the paths and sidings. In addition, regular pressure washing can prevent costly future repairs and renovations. Using a power wash will help remove mold, mildew, and algae from your home.

7. Update The Bathrooms

Make sure to fix any damage walls, cracked tiles, and add fresh paint. Updating an old bathroom will help you to sell your home faster and avoid price negotiations.

8. Give Appliances A Facelift

Want to get as much money as you can from your home? Make sure all the appliances are updated. The appliances must be stainless steel.

9. Clean Home

Make sure your home is clean. Get rid of limescale and remove all clutter. If your home is dirty, buyers will have a hard time envisioning themselves in the home.

10. Stage Home

Appearance is everything. Successfully staging is the key to selling your home quickly and making each room appeal to homebuyers.


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July 19th, 2017 4:28 PM
Interested to learn how appraiser ...appraise?  Read more here ... http://birminghamappraisalblog.com/faqs/appraisers-reconcile-value/


July 13th, 2017 11:46 AM

A home appraisal consists of these three components:

1. A Physical Examination of the Property- 
The physical inspection at the house may take an appraiser as little as 30 minutes to perform or could take as long as two to three hours. This depends on the size of the house, known as Gross Living Area (GLA) and also the design of the home. An artsy Contemporary style home takes longer to measure than a standard rectangular Colonial home. Physical visits are usually brief when a home is in average to very good condition. However the inspection can take a bit longer if the property is in fair or even poor condition as there are more things the appraiser must observe and notate.

2. Selecting Comparables - 
Next, finding the most recent/similar sales that are located approximately within a mile of the property, and that have closed within the past 6 months, are what every appraiser is seeking!!! These properties are used to establish an accurate opinion of value. The appraiser will locate the most appropriate and comparable sales to be included in his appraisal report.

3. Completing The Appraisal Report - 
After a thorough physical examination of the property and locating the best comparable sales available, the appraiser will start entering all of this data into a standard appraisal report form. Once all of the data is entered, the appraiser evaluates all of this information so he can arrive at his final estimate of market value. Fortunately, almost all residential properties require only short form reports, usually 10 pages or less. Appraisers often can complete a report in about 5 hours. Depending on the appraiser's workload and on the complexity of the property, an appraisal report should be completed and delivered to the lender in about seven to ten days



July 13th, 2017 11:43 AM
Are you a loan officer, real estate agent, or homeowner who has read an appraisal only to come away scratching your head? Sometimes real estate appraisal reports can look a little like hieroglyphics but today I’m going to help unravel some of the mystery and confusion associated with common appraisal industry lingo used in an appraisal.  Read more here ... http://preview.tinyurl.com/yb3yrg6v

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