Getting the Best Possible Appraisal for your Home

By Cynthia Nemelka, Owner of RE/MAX Diamond Realty

With the drastic increase in Menifee home values last year, and how longggg it is taking homes to sell currently, it appears we have hit the market high for now.

It's a given that every seller wants to sell their home for the highest price possible.  Listing and accepting offers on the high side of the market, however, may have challenges with the properties appraising at the contracted prices.

In answer to the question "How do I get the highest value on the appraisal of a home that I am selling or refinancing?", David Stein of Blue Wave Funding states, "Whether you are selling, refinancing to lower your payments or pulling money out of your home to pay off bills or invest, here is the best insider secret that you can do to get the highest dollar amount on your appraisal.

First, prepare a written list of the home's features to hand to the appraiser and, if possible, take pictures of the best features of the home.  You see, busy appraisers might inspect three to six homes per day. Although they take notes on their appraisal forms, and the photos help jog their memory, even the best appraisers can't remember all the details of each residence and they probably didn't take as many pictures as you would have.  That's why it is critical to hand the appraiser a list of your home's special features along with pictures of them. 

Don't be shy about stating the sales price or your estimate of the home's market value. Make sure to be realistic when estimating market value and be sure it is based on recent sales of nearby comparable homes. "

If you are selling your house, your REALTOR will know to have printouts of comparables (comps) to give to the appraiser that will support the contracted price.  If you are applying for a refinance, enlist the assistance of a LOCAL REALTOR to help you find the comps you will need.  There are many of us here that are glad to help.

Stein continues, "Some appraisers say they resent it when the realtor or homeowner tells them come up with an appraised value close to the stated amount; you are able to nicely let the appraiser know what you think the residence is worth and why."   

Early on in my career I came to realize that although appraisers must look at the numbers and comps in valuating a property, there is definitely a "human" side to their process.  Although the comps I hand to the appraiser help substantiate my seller's value, my pleasant attitude, respect and the great big smile I offer that appraiser is definitely not going to hurt it.  


Hello Menifee!

I am a long time Mortgage Loan Professional and COO of Blue Wave Funding. I am VA loan Expert, FHA and Conventional loan Expert and a Direct Lender for the last 12 years! I have many new and niche programs that many other banks and lenders don't have including .5% down purchase programs, loans down to a 500 credit score, VA Loans, FHA loans, Reverse loans, Conventional loans. I also can get you an APPROVAL, not a Pre-Approval in 24-48 with the remaining conditions needed to close the loan, so that you can get the loan APPROVED prior to putting in an offer. This will ensure that your offer will be accepted just as if it was a Cash Offer. That approval will also apply to refinances as well. 24-48 Approvals! Stop Fighting to get your Purchase offer accepted! Ask about my niche Buying Programs * VA Loan Specialist (check out my Veteran & VA site) * 2 years out of Foreclosure Purchases! * VA Loans with a 500 credit score! * 100% VA Cashout Loans! * 150% VA loans! * .5% Down FHA Purchase Program! * 500 FHA FICO Purchase Program! * 3% Down Conventional Loan Purchase! * Unlimited LTV on HARP loans! (fannie and freddie loans) * Buy a New Home one month out of a short sale(If you were current on the old mortgage) Please go to my website to get more information!

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Blue Wave Funding
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