Redwood City Real Estate Appraising Articles

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My wife was handling an estate for a family member in
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, IL and we needed an appraisal for the estate paperwork.
Scheduling
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to visit the home was
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. He was easy to get a hold of and was very flexible in his availability as he was able to make it out on a snowy Saturday. He made a difficult task much easier.
He was able to provide appraisals for the Date of Death and current house value. The house recently sold and the current value appraisal was spot on.
He was also available to answer questions from our lawyer handling the estate.
Great job
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- DOUGLAS L.
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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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All Property Appraisers in Redwood City, CA

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ACTION APPRAISAL SVC

25 Peregrine Cir
Oak Park, CA

ADVANTAGE REAL ESTATE GROUP Inc.

117 BERNAL RD
San Jose, CA

ALAIN PINEL REALTORS

1440 CHAPIN AVE
Burlingame, CA

ALL BAY VALUATION

40 BIRCH ST
Redwood City, CA

AMG Legacy Planning

10100 W Sample Rd
Pompano Beach, FL

Amici Real Estate

1601 S. De Anza Blvd Suite 118
Cupertino,

APPRAISAL ADVANTAGE

1190 S Bascom Ave Ste 129
San Jose, CA

BALDINI APPRAISAL SVC

1281 CARSON ST
Redwood City, CA

Bay Area Rentals

900 S Winchester Blvd Ste 9
San Jose, CA

Bay Area Resource

San Mateo, CA

BOXBERGER APPRAISALS

2704 PLAZA AMERICAS
San Jose, CA

BRADFORD TECHNOLOGIES

302 PIERCY RD
San Jose, CA

BRENTON AICHROTH & ASSOC

56 WATKINS LN
Walnut Creek, CA

CB DESIGN GENERAL CONTRACTOR

1220 PEAR AVE SUITE B
Mountain View, CA

Colonial Life

1401 Willow Pass Road
Concord, CA

CSR Real Estate Services

5671 Santa Teresa Blvd
San Jose, CA

DARRELL MC COOL

40 Birch St Ste A
Redwood City, CA

Enliven Nail & Spa

570 Masonic Way
Belmont, CA

FABBRO MOORE & ASSOC INC

611 VETERANS BLVD
Redwood City, CA
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