Need a pre-listing appraisal? Contact James Earp Appraisal Service

Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.

So many people are blown away when they find out that the market value of their house is much more than they thought, so investing in an appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service actually allowed them to get several thousand dollars over what they thought they'd get for their home. Others have an over-inflated opinion of their home's estimated value and an appraisal helped them to decide on a realistic price for their home in order for it to sell. An overpriced house will not attract potential buyers, which means no offers and no closing and that you have wasted valuable time, money, and efforts. Each month that your home is still sitting on the market is another month you have to pay its mortgage. In the meantime, you're stuck paying the mortgage while your home is still sitting on the market.

Hiring a licensed appraiser is the top way to get a true listing price for your home in today's adapting market.

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If you're working with an agent to list your home, more than likely, you can expect them to give you a comparative market analysis (or a CMA) that displays competing sale homes in your town. It's a customary starting point in determining your home's listing price. This is a vital (and very common) step if your goals are to maximize profit and minimize your time on the market.

However, it's also advantageous to have an "objective" third-party's opinion of value prior to signing the Listing Agreement, even if you have hired the most experienced real estate agent.

That's where we come in! We can perform a pre-listing appraisal so both you and your agent have an accurate description of your house's features and a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar comparable sales or "comps".

James Earp Appraisal Service can help you decide on a realistic selling price so your house will entice buyers, and we can also:

  • Provide tips to help you negotiate once you find a potential buyer
  • Provide written proof of your home's quality inside and out to blow away potential buyers
  • Eliminate repair hassles at the eleventh hour and make you aware of problems
  • Reduce chances of unknown disputes that can cause your sale to go up in smoke
  • Cut out the wait for the buyer's appraisal to have assurance the deal can be underwritten.

Improvements to add value to your home

In addition to "how much?", there may be more important questions to ask yourself prior to listing your home. Questions like "Would it be better to paint the whole house before we sell it?", "Would it help to put in that new bathroom?", "Do I need to finish my kitchen remodel?" Everything we do to our houses have an effect on their value. Unfortunately, not all of them have an equal affect. A kitchen remodel might improve the appeal of a home, but it might not justify the expenses involved.

We'll help you make some of these decisions. Unlike an agent, an appraiser has no vested interest in what amount the house sells for. Our fees are based on efforts to finalize your report, and not a percentage of your home's sale price. An appraisal fee from James Earp Appraisal Service is based on our efforts to complete the report, and are not a percentage of the sales price. Our fees are not a percentage of your home's sale price — your fee to us is based on efforts to finalize the report. So a professional appraisal from James Earp Appraisal Service helps homeowners make the wisest decisions when it comes to investing in their houses and settling on a fair sale price.

Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.