How Do Appraisers Measure Square Footage?

One might think that measuring the square footage of a house for an austin real estate appraisal is pretty simple and methodologically basic. Many of us think that measuring the square footage is all about taking out a measuring tape, perhaps dividing the building area into measurable square partitions, then measuring those partitions and finally […] read more

On September 25th, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by

Does Landscaping Add Value to Your Home

Landscaping is usually related to a home’s trees, lawns, bushes and flowers. But other things may also be considered part of landscaping, including fire pits, decks, patios, waterfalls, swimming pools and outdoor lighting … all of which could increase the value of the house. Your Austin property appraiser will make note of any exterior improvements which […] read more

On July 25th, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by

Can Buyers Make Home Repairs Before Closing?

In some real estate situations, the buyers may ask if repairs can be done before the closing of the sale. This is often the case for homes where financing isn’t possible; foreclosures with no heater, no stove and missing toilets as an example. For the sake of oversimplifying the matter, the answer is “no.” It […] read more

On April 7th, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by

The Problem with Appraisal Management Companies

For all intents and purposes, Appraisal Management Companies (AMC) are nothing more than a fancy term for the middlemen who work between the lender and your Austin real estate appraisers. And there have been quite a lot in recent years. Their role is essentially to serve as the buffer between the lenders and appraisers, with […] read more

On January 5th, 2014, posted in: Blog and News by

Best Rental Markets in Austin by Zip Code

Approximately 170 people move into the Austin area daily, creating a hot market for real estate agents and people who want to sell their homes. Real estate investors come from all over the United States to get in on the action in this popular spot and they hire us to provide real estate appraisals in […] read more

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

Is Austin Real Estate Overvalued?

If you’ve been in Austin for any amount of time you’re likely to have come across the “Welcome to Austin. Please Don’t Move Here!” stickers. There is good reason many local Austinites feel this way, especially homeowners and those looking to buy real estate. With Austin appraisal values rising, and property taxes along with it, […] read more

On December 20th, 2013, posted in: Blog and News by
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