Birmingham Real Estate Appraising Articles

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We are currently undergoing an extensive remodel of, and addition to, our house (self-constructed). Given the current housing
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and interest rates, we have been wanting to refinance as soon as possible. However, we also did not want to start the process of refinancing only to have an appraiser and lender tell us an extensive punch list needed to be completed prior to going through on the refi.
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provided his recommendations on which elements would be most important to complete from the appraiser's perspective. He gave us practical advice on specific tasks. He also gave us advice on a few more global details - i.e. how unfinished construction is viewed and handled by appraisers and lenders. Our house is unique in that it is built to PassivHaus standards - i.e. super-insulated, air-tight construction, triple pane windows, solar panels, etc. He recommended that we look into specific lenders and request an appraiser who has experience in green building (to properly assess the added value unique to our house).
We found him to be very accessible and professional, as other commenters have noted. Thanks,
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- Mark W.
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was very polite prior to and during the home appraisal, but unfortunately things took a turn for the worse after he left our house. While we understand that the appraisal values are usually going to lower that a seller may hope for, our concerns go beyond a disagreement regarding the value.
After receiving the report our real estate agent contacted Mr.
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regarding the appraisal. He was somewhat rude and told her that he could not discuss the matter with her. If we had an issue, I should contact him myself. Well - I tried. I left a voicemail and replied to his emails three times over the course of 2 weeks and he never responded.
We had two separate real estate professionals review the appraisal and both found errors and concerns with the report. We created a list of questions, but instead of responding to our concerns, he has chosen to ignore us.
Here is a list of questions that we sent:
1.) Why did the appraisal include an active comp?
2.) Why was there no value given for effective age verses actual age? As in why did you not include any newer comps?
3.) Why was there no adjustment for condition? This is why we had an appraisal done as our home is not like all the other homes in regard to condition, it has been completely renovated and updated including mechanically and structurally? I felt you understood that when we scheduled the appraisal.
4.) Why are two of the four comps used ranch style instead of 2 story homes?
5.) Why did you only use 3 comps as I don't see an active listing as a valid comp? There were lots of others that could have been added? Do you typically only do 3 comps? Why not 5-6?
6.) Why did you not use any homes with pools as comps?
7.) Why are none of the comps full brick? (as our house is in fact, full brick)
8.) One of your comps is older than 6 months, why not use a more recent sale since there are several available?
9.) I noticed that your value for our house happens to be the exact value of the most expensive sale ever in Sardis Forest in MLS? Did you use this in the basis for deterring the value?
10.) For comp XXXXXXXX in your report you show it as .29 of an acre but in the MLS it is actually 1.07 acres? There was no adjustment made and there should have been.
In our estimation the report seems rush, with little or no adjustments made for the work that was done including the new AC, roof, windows, etc. Additionally, we have concerns about the comps that were used.
Our realtor does not feel you spent the time we deserved on doing a much needed appraisal. The mistakes are unacceptable. Please find examples of comps that we feel would have given a much more accurate picture of value. These are only examples to consider but there are many others as well.
We are very disappointed in the service that was provided and believe that we are entitled to question the appraisal report. We are left to hope that are message on Angie's List, along with our complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau will persuade him to respond.


- Marc L.
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arrived on time for our appointment and was easy to talk to. He seemed to be very knowledgeable of the West side of Chicago.
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gave details of what this type of appraisal would entail. The report was delivered within three business days and was professionally presented.
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was very generous with his time and offered to answer any follow up questions I may have.


- Corvita H.
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is excellent - professional and I have no doubt that his fund of knowledge is probably better than the people who do the appraisal for tax purposes. He answered all my questions and basically let me get into the "property tax world" finally understanding it and knowing that his information would be the most accurate available. He also clearly is a person of integrity
- Margaret N.
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was very hard to get a hold of after he did the initial home visit. I would have to email him twice to get a response from him. I understand that this is his busy time of year, and he did share with me that he had a family emergency that he was dealing with, but it was frustrating not to have a response. I was promised the appraisal on a Wednesday. Then it was Friday. Then it was Monday. Finally, on Tuesday I get the report, but by now our 10 day window had passed (we were buying a piece of property and we had 10 days to get the inspections complete, etc.) so the report was really a moot point. He did call on Friday and gave me a verbal estimate, but he was still working on the report at that point so his verbal estimate was just that, an estimate. When I emailed him on Tuesday and requested a refund because we were past our deadline and the report was now worthless to me, he replied back to me with an extremely unprofessional and belligerent email, getting all legal on me. It would have been a nice professional gesture on his part to at least recognize my frustration and offer me a discount. He took no blame for the situation. I will not be using him again, nor would I recommend him to my friends/neighbors.

- Mary G.
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There was (if I recall correctly) a bit of to-
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in the process of getting the appraisal done, but everything worked out quite well. Work was done on time and on budget, and the provided appraisal was accepted by the City and my taxes reduced.
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made a couple of minor adjustments to the report at my request and provided a final PDF file. Wish I'd done it a year ago!
- Brian S.
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was very professional in his approach to appraising residential property. As I was a major Loan Officer in many major banks and with many lenders over the past 20 + years here in So.
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. I know what to look for in a competent appraiser as to whether they know what is required to create a coherent and quality appraisal that truly reflects the real current
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value of a real estate property. In chatting with him over separate conversations,
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made it abundantly clear that he understands and practices the realities and skills necessary to create a fair and honest quality appraisal. Despite our both connecting with his skill set being exactly what I needed for the appraisal, due to the distance he was located from my property he was unable to provide the appraisal I was looking for. He did kindly put in a lot of effort on my behalf and provided an excellent referral that was in my area that was able to provide the appraisal I was looking for.
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's extensive appraisal skills along with his concern for helping others was amazing and greatly appreciated. I heartily recommend him and his service to anybody needing an quality appraisal of their property.
- MICHAEL K.
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This company didn't appraise of the property they appraised the clutter in the home. An appraisers job is to evaluate the value of a home given the size, condition, and values of similar homes in the area. This appraiser brought his wife along with him and she had derogatory things to say every where she went. His wife influenced his evaluation of the property and it was very unprofessional.
- Amy W.
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was very helpful in answering questions that I had about the appraisal process, even prior to hiring. On the day of the scheduled appraisal, she was very timely and professional. She asked good questions about our home's features to help differentiate it from other comparable homes. She was very thorough as she went through the house, but still very quick (she was in our home less than an hour). A complete report, featuring the appraised value, details about our home (basis for the appraisal), and comparable home values in our neighborhood was emailed to me the next day. I was quite happy with the service we received.
- Candyce F.
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My wife and I are being relocated by her company. A part of her relocation package involves assisting in selling our current home. They pay for appraisers, inspectors, realtor and a few other services. We were to choose two appraisers to evaluate the home. The average of those two appraisals would be considered the home buyout value. If we could not sell our house in 90 days, her company would buy the house for that value.
Two years ago when we bought the house it appraised for $203,000. With a fair rate of 1.8% increase in property value in a very good neighborhood and school district our appraisals should of been around $206,600. Our Realtor reports have comparable housing between $205,000-$220,000.
She reported our house at an insulting $196,000, which was $9,000 less than the other appraiser causing our average value to drop $5,000. She literally cost us $5,000.
Unfortunately, there were no reviews online for us to measure this business. Hopefully this review will help someone else in the future to avoid a potential costly mistake.
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was very polite and professional, but numbers never lie.
- Jerred N.
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All Property Appraisers in Birmingham, AL

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ALABAMA APPRAISAL ACADEMY

300 OFFICE PARK DR
Birmingham, AL

ALABAMA APPRAISAL GROUP

5791 CHALKVILLE MOUNTAIN LN
Birmingham, AL

ALABAMA APPRAISAL GROUP LLC

5971 CHALKVILLE MNT LN
Trussville, AL

ALABAMA RELIABLE APPRAISAL INC

3110 CUMMINS ST
Pelham, AL

ALABAMA TITLE ABSTRACT INC

5037 CRESVIEW PLACE
Dora, AL
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ALAVALUE

PO BOX 380911
Birmingham, AL

ALEX COTTEN APPRAISERS

3585 LORNA RIDGE DR
Birmingham, AL

APPRAISAL ASSOCIATES

2159 OLD ROCKY RIDGE RD
Birmingham, AL

APPRAISAL GROUP DATA ASSN

3900 MONTCLAIR RD
Birmingham, AL

APPRAISAL ONE

200 OFFICE PARK DR
Birmingham, AL

APPRAISAL RESEARCH ASSOC

PO BOX 130627
Birmingham, AL

APPRAISERS INC

3252 Tyrol Rd
Birmingham, AL

APPRAISERS OF ALABAMA

5508 CRESTWOOD BLVD
Birmingham, AL

AUSTIN APPRAISAL

1900 HIGHWAY 95
Helena, AL

BAGWELL APPRAISAL SVC

2237 PINEHURST DR
Gardendale, AL

BARBARA COOPER APPRAISALS

1402 IROQUOIS CIR
Birmingham, AL

Berenice Denton’s Estate Sales & Appraisals

162 Belle Forest Cir
Nashville, TN
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Blake Construction Inc

516 20th Ave. N.E.
Birmingham, AL
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BLUE MOON APPRAISALS

3404 Danner Cir
Birmingham, AL

BRYAN MITCHELL APPRAISALS

140 GLEN ABBEY WAY
Alabaster, AL

CARNES CO CORP

2113 TALL OAK CIR
Birmingham, AL

CERTIFIED REAL ESTATE APPRSRS

18180 US HIGHWAY 31
Cullman, AL

CHAPMAN APPRAISAL

21394 BRENDA DR
Mc Calla, AL

CLAYTON ROPER & MARSHALL

100 CORPORATE RDG
Birmingham, AL

COMMERCIAL APPRAISAL ASSOC

1145 CAHABA WOODS CIR
Birmingham, AL

COMMERCIAL VALUATION SVC

2112 11TH AVE S
Birmingham, AL

COOK APPRAISAL GROUP

500 GENE REED RD
Birmingham, AL

COSBY APPRAISAL SVC

1509 GLENWOOD RD
Birmingham, AL

COWART REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL

1776 INDEPENDENCE CT
Birmingham, AL

CREST APPRAISAL GROUP

421 Office Park Dr
Mountain Brk, AL

CROCHEN & ASSOC

616 GADSDEN HWY B2
Birmingham, AL

DAVID F SYLVESTER

3332 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY
Birmingham, AL

DOW APPRAISAL

2155 OLD ROCKY RIDGE RD
Birmingham, AL

ED HARBISON

1417 HARBISON ST NE
Cullman, AL

eFuneral

5000 Euclid Ave Ste 310
Cleveland, OH

FORBUS APPRAISAL

3850 Redbud Rd
Jackson, MS

FORREST & ASSOC

1630 4TH AVE N
Birmingham, AL

Freeman Appraisal Co.

2800 Logan Ave SW
Cullman, AL

GLENN APPRAISAL SVC

25 W OXMOOR RD
Birmingham, AL

GREGORY EASTER APPRAISAL

PO BOX 360685
Birmingham, AL

GREGORY R GRAHAM APPRAISAL

2923 CRESCENT AVE
Birmingham, AL

HAGAN REAL ESTATE

221 3RD AVE SE
Cullman, AL
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HASHA APPRAISAL & CONSULTING

4500 VALLEYDALE RD
Birmingham, AL

HOWTON APPRAISAL SVC INC

3284 ALLISON BONNETT MEM DR
Bessemer, AL

INDUSTRIAL APPRAISAL

6 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham, AL

INMAN REAL ESTATE & APPRAISERS

8315 1ST AVE N
Birmingham, AL

J B MONZELLA APPRAISER

203 CASTLEHILL DR
Birmingham, AL

JF NOLEN CO

PO BOX 26467
Birmingham, AL

JOSEPH & CO INC

1236 BLUE RIDGE BLVD
Birmingham, AL

Kasie Duchock- Avast Realty

1806 6th Ave South
Irondale, AL
Many home buyers and sellers are not aware of the true value that a realtor provides during...

LANDGUARD APPRAISALS

8933 ROEBUCK BLVD
Birmingham, AL

MALLETTE APPRAISAL SVC

4128 CROSSHAVEN DR
Birmingham, AL

MALOY & CO INC

2212 3RD AVE N
Birmingham, AL

MID SOUTH APPRAISAL SVC

4022 VALLEY BEND DR
Moody, AL

MIKE HAYES

300 VESTAVIA PKWY
Birmingham, AL

MORGAN & ASSOC

431 SHARON BLVD
Dora, AL

PADEN REALTY & APPRAISALS INC

1930 2ND AVE N
Bessemer, AL
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PARK & WIDENER

4801 5TH AVE S
Birmingham, AL

PARKER & ASSOC

508 CREST AVE
Birmingham, AL

PLESS APPRAISAL GROUP

1 Clubview Dr
Birmingham, AL

PRITCHETT APPRAISAL CO

520 SPRINGDALE RD
Mount Olive, AL

REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL CO

PO Box 941
Cullman, AL

REAL PROPERTY SOLUTIONS INC

6 OFFICE PARK CIR
Birmingham, AL

RED MOUNTAIN TITLE

201 BEACON PKWY W
Birmingham, AL

REMAX Advantage

4956 McAdory Achool Road
Mc Calla, AL
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RHODES APPRAISAL

1900 CROSSVINE RD
Birmingham, AL

ROBERT F MANN

122 GREYSTONE GLEN DR
Birmingham, AL

SHANNON D JOHNSON APPRAISALS

PO Box 59786
Birmingham, AL

SOUTHERN APPRAISAL SVC INC

811 2ND AVE SW
Cullman, AL

STALKER APPRAISALS LLC

25 W OXMOOR RD
Birmingham, AL

STEVE CARNES CERTIFIED APPRSR

492 REID RD
Dora, AL

THOMAS C HORN REAL ESTATE

2491 PELHAM PKWY
Pelham, AL

TIDWELL ASSOCIATES

2112 11TH AVE S
Birmingham, AL

TIMMERMAN APPRAISAL CO

107 County Road 1412
Cullman, AL

TODD A GREENAWALT CERTIFIED

1000 HIGHWAY 52
Helena, AL

TOM WEAVER & ASSOC

200 S COVE CT
Bessemer, AL

W M SCRUGGS & ASSOC

2043 CANYON RD
Birmingham, AL

WALKEN INC

3332 OLD MONTGOMERY HWY 205
Birmingham, AL

WALKER APPRAISAL SVC

403 4th Ave SW
Cullman, AL

WASHINGTON APPRAISERS

2212 3RD AVE N
Birmingham, AL

WILLIAM SCRUGGS & ASSOC

300 Vestavia Pkwy Ste 1000
Birmingham, AL

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