There are many reasons you may decide it is time to find an appraiser for your home or other property. Perhaps you are thinking of buying or selling a home. Perhaps you are trying to settle legal matters related to the settling of an estate or going through a divorce. Whatever your personal reasons for needing an appraiser, it can be a relief to find someone who can give you an accurate, unbiased opinion of the worth of your property or a piece of property you are considered purchasing.
When you are trying to find an appraiser, you need someone who excels at clear communication and demonstrates careful and sound judgement. Different appraisers may specialize in different areas of real estate, like single family homes, apartments or condos, so make sure the appraiser you are using has the experience and knowledge needed to best help you.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing an appraiser:
- Qualifications: In North Carolina and most other states, real estate appraisers must be licensed or certified by the state. To become an appraiser, there is a certain level of required education, relevant experience and a state exam that must be passed.
- Experience: Don’t be afraid to ask questions like, “How long have you been an appraiser?”, “How many appraisals have you done in the last year?” and “How long have you been working in this specific area?” Every market is different so local experience is important.
- References: Reputable appraisers should be happy to give you 2 or 3 recent references. Asking a real estate agent can be a great way to find an appraiser as well.