Appraisals, Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers | Angies List Tips

Appraisals, Real Estate Agents, Mortgage Brokers | Angies List Tips

These three industries are essential in the current housing climate. For more detailed tips, click on each link.

  • Appraisals: The appraisal reporting process has become much more important and thorough, as lenders are requesting more data and a deeper analysis from appraisers. As a homeowner, you may have reason to question the value of your home on various occasions. You may plan to sell it, appeal your property tax assessment or undertake a major home renovation project. A recent nationwide poll by Angie’s List found that nearly half of all respondents believe their home decreased in value during the past year.
  • Mortgage companies: What was simple just a few years ago has become much more complex. Home sales are at their lowest level in more than a decade, and the housing crisis has made it difficult to secure a mortgage. For consumers with good credit, however, now is actually a good time to buy. Angie offers some tips on finding a mortgage company you can trust and on securing a loan – even if you don’t have stellar credit.
  • Real estate agents: The housing slump has thinned the herd of agents out there and those who have survived are working harder to sell their customers’ houses. Clients should expect their real estate agent to have a market plan specific to their home. Angie offers plenty of tips on choosing an agent and on why communication between the client and agent is so important in this industry.

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