Here at Simpson Real Estate Appraisals, we want to help you get the best possible outcome from the sale of your home. In any real estate transaction, one of the keys to success is to set the right price for the property to attract buyers, and in order to properly set that price you’ll need the help of a professional real estate appraiser. In this article, we’ll go over some tips on how to find an appraiser, as well as some essential qualities to look for to ensure that you are in good hands.
- Ask Your Real Estate Agent for Recommendations- A good place to start your efforts to find an appraiser is with your real estate agent–since property appraisals are a part of most (if not all) real estate transactions, your agent should be familiar with local appraisers and be able to put you in touch with the best candidates. We at Simpson Real Estate Appraisals recommend asking for a few different names, then reaching out to each appraiser to ask further questions.
- Confirm Qualifications- When you have reached this interview stage of trying to find an appraiser, you should take the opportunity to confirm each candidate’s qualifications. Even if you trust your agent’s recommendations, it’s always smart to confirm for yourself that their license hasn’t expired, etc. You can check this information by searching the Appraisal Subcommittee’s National Registry by name, license number, or location.
- Look for the Right Specialization- When asking for recommendations and when vetting appraiser candidates, we at Simpson Real Estate Appraisals also recommend that you make sure that the candidate in question specializes in your type of property, or at least has sufficient experience with it. If you are trying to sell your single-family home, for instance, you don’t want to get it appraised by someone who focuses on condos.