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If you just opened your mailbox and found your notice from your appraisal district, you may still be in shock.  Because even with the much improved real estate market, it seems the tax assessors are assessing homes on the high side right now.  If you feel your home is valued too high or just want confirmation that the market is really this strong, please send me an email and I will send ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/31/2014 By Dee Pardue]
A major home-selling decision arrives right at the start: setting your home’s price. It’s a step that can be decisive for good or for ill.But what is the “right” price? We know what it probably isn’t—it’s not the first number that pops into your head, nor is it likely to be The-Price-of-Your-Next-House-Plus-the Cost-of-a-Family-Vacation-in-Tahiti-Plus-the-New-Sportscar-You’ve-Always-Wanted-to...
Read Post [Posted on 03/24/2014 By Connie Inmon]
In the recent past, low appraisals have been blamed on delaying—or even canceling—many real estate transactions over the last few years. While real estate professionals are limited in how much involvement they can have in the appraisal process, they can do a few important things to help ensure their sellers receive a fair valuation. Be there. Appraisers and other real estate agents say that being ...
Read Post [Posted on 03/07/2014 By John Askins]
Welcome to the most current Housing Trends eNewsletter. This eNewsletter is specially designed for you, with national and local housing information that you may find useful whether you’re in the market for a home, thinking about selling your home, or just interested in homeowner issues in general. Please click on this link to view the Housing Trends FEB-2014 Newsletter http://robbipfeil....
Read Post [Posted on 02/28/2014 By Robbi Pfeil]
Hello, everyone!I hope you guys have had a wonderful week thus far.  It's been chilly and rainy here so far, but luckily the sun is now making an appearance!  Hooray!It's time to talk appraisal and inspections.  These topics can certainly be confusing, so I'm hoping to make some sense of it for you guys.Some points about inspections:- If you are purchasing a resale property, it is h...
Read Post [Posted on 02/11/2014 By Jill Rainey]
An appraiser is a professional person who can tell you what your home is worth. The appraiser will come to your house and list the number and size of the rooms and any extras, such as a fireplace, porch, pool, or garage. The appraiser will compare your home and property to other homes that have sold recently with similar features. The appraiser then estimates that your home might sell for approxim...
Read Post [Posted on 02/06/2014 By Sahar Samadian]
Real estate professionals have had to hold their breath many times as they waited for an appraisal on a property to come back. Would it be lower than the agreed-upon selling price -- and by how much? Many real estate professionals have blamed a high number of past derailed transactions on low-ball appraisals. But now the industry is noticing a change in appraised values: Appraisals are getting...
Read Post [Posted on 01/27/2014 By John Askins]
Despite ongoing challenges facing the U.S. economy, including the job market and weaker consumer expectations, there are some signs of improvement. Sales of previously owned homes ticked up in December for the first time since July and leading economic indicators point to a more optimistic outlook for the next three to six months.Existing-home sales edge up Sales of previously owned hom...
Read Post [Posted on 01/26/2014 By John Askins]
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Read Post [Posted on 01/22/2014 By Larry Martin]
Olivia PulsinelliWeb producer- Houston Business JournalEmail   Twitter   Google+ There’s no doubt Houston’s real estate market has been on fire in recent years, and the Urban Land Institute predicts 2014 will be even better than the year before.The ULI ranked Houston the No. 2 market to watch in its “Emerging Trends in Real Estate...
Read Post [Posted on 01/18/2014 By John Williams]
Today's Feature Stories Brought to You by John Williams What If Your Home Doesn't Appraise? Housing markets are constantly changing, heating up or cooling off. For that reason, bank appraisers are hired by lenders to make sure your home is priced fairly and to current market conditions... For full story click here ›› Stronger Consumer Protection Needed With Foreclosures The D.C. Council rece...
Read Post [Posted on 01/08/2014 By John Williams]
Many real estate professionals have been blaming low appraisals for derailing transactions over the last few years. But as home prices heated up across the country, are appraisals still coming in lower than the agreed-upon sales price?  Even with prices rising and the number of foreclosures falling, some appraisers say assigning a value to a property isn’t getting any easier. One of the big ...
Read Post [Posted on 12/04/2013 By John Askins]
Understanding how appraisals work will help you achieve a quick and profitable refinance or sale. 1. An appraisal isn’t an exact science When appraisers evaluate a home’s value, they’re giving their best opinion based on how the home’s features stack up against those of similar homes recently sold nearby. One appraiser may factor in a recent sale, but another may consider that sale too...
Read Post [Posted on 10/12/2013 By Harriet Vital]
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Read Post [Posted on 10/09/2013 By Susan Greer]
Homes that are unusual because of design or building materials are a challenge to finance, bankers says.Lenders are paying stricter attention to home values than they did several years ago. "It's simply a fact of the mortgage lending environment in general that determining value on a property is more important than ever today," said Brad Blackwell, a national sales manager for Wells Fargo.Environm...
Read Post [Posted on 10/08/2013 By John Askins]
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