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Austin Desktop Home Appraisals

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Need an Austin appraisal fast? Want to save money on that appraisal and receive a report faster? Introducing our Austin desktop appraisal service!

Our desktop express appraisal service was developed to fulfill a need we saw for a less expensive, yet thoroughly researched appraisal product that still provides an accurate and reliable valuation. We’ve successfully bridged the gap between expensive and lengthy mortgage appraisals and the often inaccurate and misleading online values given by sites like Zillow.

So What is a Desktop Express Appraisal?

The appraisal is, as the name implies, performed in-office without a site visit to the subject property. This is the only difference between the full appraisal and the express version; all the research and methodology used is exactly the same. Even the form the report is written on is the same. While we don’t provide desktop reports for commercial appraisals, we can provide limited scope reports that reduce the cost.

When Should You Use a Desktop Appraisal?

A desktop appraisal is a viable option when all the following criteria are met:

  • The assignment and appraisal are "non-complex"
  • The results are not to be used for a highly sensitive or legal matters
  • Comparable sales and market data are readily available for the Subject property
  • You can provide the appraiser accurate and up-to-date information on the Subject property

How Accurate is the Report?

Very accurate so long as the data provided to us is true and correct. Instead of the appraiser gathering specifics about the property in person, we rely on third party information: This data can be submitted by the homeowner, Realtor, builder, or the client themselves. The appraiser will then utilize various free and subscription based online services for information such as tax records, sale history, flood zoning and more.

With technology being what it is now days, there is less need for an appraiser to leave the office to perform an appraisal. Detailed property information, tax records, sales history, mortgage history, aerial maps, topographical maps and more are readily available online to an appraiser of real estate.

What is Included in an Austin Desktop Appraisal

Some of The Items You Will Find in Your Report Include:

  • Five Year Market Research and Trends Addendum (6 Pages!)
  • Sales Comparison of 3-6 Properties in the Market
  • Line Item Adjustments and Photos of Comparables
  • Final Reconciliation of Value Based on Sales (Income & Cost Approaches Available)
  • Subject and Comparable Property Location Maps
  • Subject Aerial Map
  • Flood Zone Determination and Mapping
  • Plat Map (If Available)
  • Appraiser’s Signature

Is a Desktop Appraisal Right For You?

More accurate than any online appraisal service, half the cost of a full appraisal, and performed by an experienced residential appraiser makes our express appraisals the perfect solution for many of our clients. Realtors especially love our reports and many use them as part of their open house information packets. Similarly, investors and clients looking to renovate often use our desktop appraisals to determine an “after repair value” on properties before they begin any updates.

Unfortunately an express appraisal cannot be used when the size of the home is in question. For this, an appraiser MUST come to the property and physically measure the structure(s). This type of appraisal is also not recommend if the property has extensive damages that may not be fully understood through photographs.

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what customers like you say about our
Austin Property appraisal services

We stand behind our work and our customers have nothing but great things to say. Here are a few examples:

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Real Estate Appraisals Austin
4.8
Based on 45 reviews
Ed came out on short notice to measure a new home I was in the process of purchasing. He was professional and honest in his work. I found him online and it was not through my lender. I wanted an independent appraiser since the lender was connected to my builder. Definitely will use him again if I ever needed to. I was a first time home buyer and he was fair to me and helpful. Thank Ed!
Jennifer Nguyen
Jennifer Nguyen
The realtor that came out was very professional and thorough. I would recommend this service.
Nancy Crow
Nancy Crow
This company is contracted to my mortgage company for market appraisals to remove PMI. They contacted me right away and had the whole thing turned around in less than a week. Appreciate the speed and the quality of the service and would definitely recommend.
Jeanna Kozak
Jeanna Kozak
I was able to schedule an appraisal just two days after contacting the company. Likely this was a fluke, but it worked well for me! Our appraiser was a bit late, but that was the fault of the previous appointment. Once he arrived, he listened to everything we pointed out. Our appraisal was fair for our neighborhood we thought and the report arrived about 8 days after the appointment. We are happy and will recommend Real Estate Appraisals Austin to any others we know.
Leah L
Leah L
We used Real Estate Appraisals Austin and found them to be very professional, accommodating and efficient. Their work product was thorough and very well presented. We would definitely recommend them and would use them again.
Calvin Porter
Calvin Porter
I recently had a rental appraisal of my property. The appraiser showed up on time and did a thorough analysis. The report took a week, but it was very thorough. I am very happy with the appraiser and the report.
Karthik Manamcheri
Karthik Manamcheri
We recently used Real Estate Appraisals Austin to appraise a property we have owned over 15 years and have had multiple offers to sell. Michelle was very helpful and professional in coordinating with our property manager. She responds very quickly to calls or emails. Edward did a thorough appraisal and took the time to call and discuss details. I definitely would recommend this company to anyone considering an appraisal in Austin. The price was very reasonable, I felt, for the value we received.
Lorrie Coles
Lorrie Coles

FAQ About Our Austin Real Estate Appraisal Services

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Austin neighborhoods we appraise

We provide real estate appraisals and related services to the following cities, towns and communities across the Austin metro area. We cover a large portion of Central Texas - if you don't see your area below, please call to confirm with one of our friendly staff.

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Anderson Mill | Bee Cave | Briafclif | Brushy Creek | Buda | Cedar Park | Creedmoor | Del Valle | Elgin | Georgetown | Hays | Hutto | Jollyville |
Jonestown | Kyle | Lago Vista | Lakeway | Leander | Manor | Mustang Ridge | Pflugerville | Point Venture | Rollingwood | Round Rock |
San Leanna | Shady Hollow | Sunset Valley | Webberville | Wells Branch | West Lake Hills