As Real Estate Sales Rise, Successful Realtor Hnatow Sees Boost in Value of Appraisers like Michael Hobbs

Emphasis on service and evaluating unique properties led the Principal of Stephen Hnatow & Associates within @Properties to a highly valued relationship with expert appraiser Michael Hobbs, PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy. Hobbs and his team provide services you may value too.

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“An experienced real estate appraiser like Michael Hobbs brings another level of knowledge to a side of the transaction that few are a part of.”

Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) March 06, 2013

With his forecast of median housing prices in Chicago increasing 2% to 3% this year, Realtor Stephen Hnatow is already seeing quicker home sales. “I had an open house recently, and 60 people went through it,” Hnatow said. “We had two offers before it ended.”

Hnatow emphasizes service in his real estate brokerage. He said, “Agents achieve success by providing their clients with the strongest, most competent, most personalized advice possible.” And that often starts with a competent, professional appraisal. “An experienced real estate appraiser like Michael Hobbs brings another level of knowledge to a side of the transaction that few are a part of.”

With $22 million under contract or closed in 2012, Hnatow has learned to leave nothing to chance. “My role over the past few years has developed into something of anticipating and eliminating anything that might derail a transaction,” Hnatow said. “Michael and his appraisal team provide expert input and a service that helps me navigate a successful transaction.”

Dealing with the high end of the housing market, Hnatow often handles unique properties that require a creative approach to valuation. “I know how much someone is willing to pay for a property,” he said, “but I often question what a property can appraise for given restrictions from investors and current guidelines.” He finds that Michael Hobbs can help him. “I turn to Michael because of his level of experience, respect within the industry, and willingness to assist.”

As for people who want to buy a home today, Hnatow has this advice: “Be patient, then act swiftly, because inventory is low.”

Stephen Hnatow, ABR, BPOR, CLHMS, CNE, CSM is principle of Stephen Hnatow & Associates within @properties. Stephen Hnatow & Associates has a shared vision of the ideal Real Estate experience: Agents achieve success by providing their clients with the strongest, most competent, most personalized advice possible. Stephen had $22M under contract/contract in 2012—more than doubling his volume in 2010 to 2011 and 2011 to 2012. He is one of the top ten Chicago brokers within @properties, the Realty company with the largest market share in the city. Visit Stephen Hnatow & Associates to find out more.

Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA, is President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute, the US Green Building Council and the National Association of Realtors. He is a local expert on real estate appraisal and sustainable energy efficiency’s impact on property values. His firm is an Angie's List 2012 Super Service Award Winner and top firm for four years in a row. Michael is a board member of the Chicago Chapter of Entrepreneur Organization, a global organization of entrepreneurial leaders.


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