Finding out what a property is worth

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Sellers of real property and buyers of real property have the common goal of obtaining the best possible price and terms in the transaction.

Here are a few suggestions to help you determine market value if you are thinking of buying or selling real estate.

  1. Appraisal services are offered on a fee basis depending on the complexity of the property.  A small tract of land or a home in a neighborhood contains information from a local Realtor multi list system, tax records, and court records.  An appraiser uses listings currently on the market, recent sold properties, along with adjustments for size and improvements. Photos are included in the report along with comments explaining the reason for adding or subtracting value when using the comparable approach.  For more complex properties such as commercial sales, land developments, farms and multi family properties reports may be quite lengthy and include an analysis of the present and future return on the investment.  Appraisers are licensed by the states they perform services and their opinion of value is very reliable.
  2. A comparative  market analysis is provided by a real estate agent, also know as a CMA. The data offered is pulled from a local Multi list system that the agent is a member of.  The information includes competitive listings,  recent comparable sales to what you are preparing to buy or sell.  Most real estate professionals offer this service at no additional cost to their agency agreement with the client.  It is very reliable for most residential and lot purchases.
  3. Tax assessor records are easily accessible today with most areas offering online services.  Depending on how often records are updated you can get an information for what you are selling or buying.  If recents improvements are noted and the information has been accurately input you can get an idea of where the value may be.  Some assessors sites also show recent sales surrounding the subject properties.
  4. Real estate and mortgage lender internet sites can also be a resource for finding the value of a property.  Depending on the site and how often the information is updated, and the accuracy of the information submitted you may get an idea of the value.

Happy  buying and selling……  🙂

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About Alice DeForesthttp://easyrealestate.blogWith over 30 years experience in various phases of the real estate industry, I would like to have the opportunity to share some of the knowledge, hard work, and fun things with you. I have also had the opportunity to live in all four corners of the US , so I have been a buyer, seller, tenant, and landlord in my personal life. I am now a settled empty nester, which allows me the time to work on this blog...

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