How Do Appraisers Handle Additions With No Permits?

Non-permitted additions or additions added to a home without proper permits can become a headache for the buyer as well austin home appraisers.  Will lenders turn it down because there are different factors that make it difficult?  There are non-permitted additions that do receive financing but only if the appraiser is highly qualified and is […] read more

On June 18th, 2016, posted in: Blog and News by

Newer Homes in Older Subdivisions

You are looking at a new home that is situated in an older neighborhood and are trying to discover it’s value. There are a few things you need to take into consideration to get an idea of this home’s now and future value: Construction Quality: In some cases, newer isn’t always better. Your home appraisal will […] read more

On March 13th, 2016, posted in: Blog and News by

What Is Comparable Bracketing and How Do Appraisers Use It

To start with, bracketing is a method of selecting sales with both superior, similar and inferior property features.  For example, your Austin real estate appraiser will look at recent sales that are both smaller, the same size and larger than your home.  The goal is to try and do this for all features that required […] read more

On August 27th, 2015, posted in: Blog and News by

Full or Desktop Appraisal. What’s Best for You?

Here at Real Estate Appraisals Austin we offer several different types of appraisal services to meet the needs of our diverse client base. Naturally this prompts some questions regarding the differences in these services. One of the most common inquiries we receive is; “What is the Difference Between a Full and Desktop Appraisal?” The answer […] read more

On March 27th, 2015, posted in: Blog and News by

Should You Get an Appraisal for a FSBO?

While it is requirement that a buyer get a home appraisal whenever a bank or lender is involved, there are many situations in which a homeowner can make this decision themselves. A common scenario would be a For Sale by Owner, or FSBO as we call them. It is up to the seller to determine […] read more

On March 19th, 2015, posted in: Blog and News by

How Much is a Second Bathroom Worth?

We take a look at how appraisers use paired sales analysis to determine market value for one or two bathrooms in the Crestview neighborhood of Austin. read more

On January 27th, 2015, posted in: Blog and News by

The Top Real Estate Scams — Don’t Fall for It

Scams are everywhere. And let’s face it, it’s getting more and more difficult to tell what which real estate offers are legit and which ones are just out to scam you for your money. Even independent real estate appraisers in Austin have been nearly taken by some of these complex scams. The scams can get […] read more

On December 18th, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by

Do Enclosed Patios Add Living Area?

Can I count my enclosed patio in the square footage of my home? I have an enclose patio and was wondering if adding it to the total square footage of my home will make a difference in the real estate appraisal I get of my home. I am about to list my home for sale […] read more

On December 2nd, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by

How Do Appraisers Pick Comparables?

If you are out there in a free market to purchase or sell your house, you will likely hear the term “comps” or comparables used more than once. Comparables are usually a topic of great debate between real estate agents, appraisers, loan underwriters, buyers, and sellers throughout the buying and selling process. So… What Are […] read more

On October 6th, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by
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