Our desktop appraisal service is one we developed to specifically respond to the needs of many customers for an inexpensive, less involved estimate of value for their homes. The desktop appraisal is, as the name implies, performed in-office without a site visit to the subject property. The appraiser uses data from multiple online sources including tax records, county records and MLS data to determine specifics about the subject property such as size and age. The appraiser will ask the homeowner a few questions about the property that relate to its condition, features and upgrades. Because there is no site visit or scheduling needed, these appraisals are typically completed within 1 business day of being ordered.
Being much more accurate than any online appraisal service, less than half the cost of a full appraisal, and certified by a licensed Texas appraiser makes our listing appraisals the perfect solution for clients just needing to know a “reasonable” value for a piece of property.
Another excellent use for the desktop appraisal is to estimate what effects any changes to your property may have on value. For instance, if you were thinking of enclosing a garage or adding a guesthouse, a desktop appraisal could be performed and “hypothetically assume” that this feature or addition exists. You could then understand how this will affect the value. Similarly, investors often use our desktop appraisals to determine an “after repair value” on properties they may be interested in purchasing for rehab.