June 29, 2015
Recently a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania homeowner asked me to do a pre listing appraisal for them because a friend who is involved in Real Estate said they may have over improved their home, and they should see where they stand by getting an appraisal.
The property was a townhome style dwelling in condominium ownership. I arrived at the home and may I say, the property was beautiful, everything in it brand new and gorgeous. I will not go into great detail about the property because it will be coming onto the market and the actual renovations completed are a mute point.
April 27, 2015
Much has changed in the Real Estate Industry since the financial crisis of 2008 & 2009. In this blog however, we will only discuss what has transpired with regard to how Banks want an appraisal prepared. This blog post will only go into some brief techniques that the Banks require within appraisal reports and I will stay away from any reasoning as to why. However, it is partly because of these requirements that values in many areas are not rising as quickly as some may want or think they should.
I will start by saying that, as an appraiser, (more…)
September 12, 2014
Zillow vs Certified Appraisal. Let us first start out by explaining what is Zillow? Zillow is what is known as an AVM an Automated Valuation Module. Locally in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and next, the surrounding Counties, we are all too well familiar with an AVM although we don’t know it. This is the same type of computer program that has and is creating each and every properties’ assessed value and we all know how that is turning out. (more…)