If you are planning to sell your home, it might be a wise decision to make a small investment in a professional appraisal. Unless you study real estate values on a day to day basis, like a professional appraiser does, it can be difficult for you to get a handle on real estate values. I’m just not talking about how much you have invested in your home, how much you paid for it, or how much you want for it, but the true market value of your home today. Zillow for instance uses algorithms to determine value, that means a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. How can a computer know you have an updated kitchen, or views to die for? Exactly, it can’t.

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Why use an appraiser? It’s probably in your best interest to have an “objective” third-party’s opinion of value prior to signing a Listing Agreement.  An appraiser has no vested interest in the sale of your home so they become the neutral party.  They can provide you with a pre-listing appraisal we have an accurate description of your home’s features and a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar “comparable sales” or as they’re commonly called, “Comps”.  In addition this will lead to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home will attract buyers.


1. Be a very valuable negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer

2. Impress buyer’s with written proof of your home’s condition inside and out

3. Many people are surprised when they find out the true market value of their home, investing in a professional appraisal actually allowed some people to receive several thousand more dollars than they thought they would when their home was sold. Others have an inflated opinion of their home’s value and an appraisal helped them to realistically price their home in order for it to sell.  An overpriced home will not attract buyers, which means no offers and no closing and that you have wasted valuable time, money, and efforts.

Discover how you can get a professional appraisal from an experienced local Certified Appraiser prices starting at $250. Contact Patti Irwin for details.