With faster price appreciation being caused by low inventory of Knoxville homes for sale, low appraisals have become a bigger problem.
Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) October 24, 2013
865 Real Estate, a leading Knoxville real estate team at Gables & Gates, REALTORS has posted a new article on their website titled, "Top 5 Ways to Get Top Dollar Out of Your Home Appraisal".
Troy Stavros,broker and founder of 865 REAL ESTATE, stated, "With faster price appreciation being caused by low inventory of Knoxville homes for sale, low appraisals have become a bigger problem."
The National Association of Realtors reported on Tuesday that inventories of homes were at a 5 month supply and the median single family home price was $199,300, up 11.4 percent in a year. Stavros continued, "In a rising market, because appraisals are based on recent sales prices of comparable properties, depending on when the sales occurred, they might not be high enough to support the newest numbers. As a Knoxville homeowner who knows the property and neighborhood intimately, there are things you can do to assist an appraiser".
Here are some ways to achieve the highest possible appraisal:
#1 With the assistance of a Knoxville real estate agent, provide the appraiser with comparable sales. Don't just hope the appraiser knows about the house just like yours that sold for the same price, give proof. Preferably 3 or more comparables to support the value.
#2 Make sure the appraiser knows the Knoxville neighborhood. With the way appraisers are chosen, there is a chance of unfamiliarity with the area. Supply as much information about the quality of the neighborhood as possible. Including information like neighborhood amenities, new local restaurants and attractions. Anything that can add value to the location.
#3 Provide the appraiser with documented information on the upgrades and renovations completed on the home. Everything from cosmetic, to structural, to mechanical. It all can add value.
#4 Clean, clean, clean. Showing the home to an appraiser can be more important than showing it to someone buying a home in Knoxville (a buyer can walk away if the home does not appraise!) The home should look as good as possible. Turn on all the lights. Light some candles. Clean up the yard. The better the home looks the more perceived value it will bring.
#5 Either give the appraiser the information on the home upon arrival or prior to departure. Do not follow them around. Not only can this be uncomfortable and distracting for the Knoxville appraiser, but can raise concerns that there may be issues with the home.
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