5 Questions To Ask When Choosing The Real Estate Appraiser For Your Needs

Apr 21, 2024 | Published by 2 Comments

Choosing a real estate appraiser is a vital step in the process of selling your home. So, what five questions can you ask your potential appraiser to make sure that you are choosing the best appraiser for your needs?

An independent appraisal sets the value for your real estate property, so the professional real estate appraiser you choose should give an unbiased opinion based solely on the condition of your home and the comparative rates of other real estate properties nearby.

There are some questions you can ask your potential appraiser to verify that they have the knowledge and credentials to help you. This way, you will know how to choose the right real estate appraiser for all of your needs:

1. Ask your real estate appraiser about his or her license. Federal law mandates certification for real estate appraisers in most states. There are two types of licenses: The Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser and Certified General Real Property Appraiser licenses. Appraisers also need an associates degree.

2. Ask your appraiser for references. The references can be current or previous clients, but they must be relatively recent. Don’t be afraid to call and ask about your appraiser! It may seem awkward at first, but a former client will tell you if your appraiser is any good.

3. Make sure the person you are working with is not a loan officer but an actual appraiser.

4. Test your appraiser by asking community specific questions like, is there a school near-by or ask them to tell you where the local park is. If he or she can answer, this means they have become familiarized with the area and they have a good understanding of local needs and values.

5. Ask your real estate appraiser if they’ve worked with a home similar to your home before. If they have only worked with co-ops or commercial property, they may not work well in a home sales environment.

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This post was written by Joseph Castaneda


  • One of my cousins is moving long-distance and needs to insure his belongings. You advised finding an appraisal that has worked with houses similar to his. Thanks for the useful tip on finding the right estate sale service.

  • kyle kidd says:

    I am glad that you mentioned that you can evaluate the quality of an appraiser by contacting their references. We want to find an appraiser for when we look to sell our home, and it will be important for us to be able to rely on them because of their high quality. When we look for one, I will be sure to contact their references before we choose to hire.

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