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Appraisal Lingo


Have you received an appraisal and found yourself confused by all the language used? My goal with this blog is to make your life a bit easier by explaining some of the language in appraisals that can often make it hard to understand.

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Pricing a Home


Overpricing a home has been proven to slow down the selling process or not selling a home at all. It is crucial to price a home accurately so that you can sell your home quickly and for the best value.

All of this can be accomplished with a pre-listing appraisal which will determine the fair market value of your home.  Let me break this down for you.

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Appraisal Contingency


What is an Appraisal Contingency?

Let me begin with a quick explanation of what an appraisal contingency plan is.  An appraisal contingency allows you to terminate a legally binding contract if the appraised value is lower than the contract price. In the past, the appraisal contingency was the appraisal the bank ordered however, due to some recent changes in how properties are being valued this may be changing.

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Why it’s not always only about the square footage

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There is a common belief that a larger home with more square footage is worth more than a smaller one. This seems like it is true however, this is not always the case. Lets discuss a few reasons why this can be false.



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How long does an appraisal take and why?


When we schedule appointments to appraise a property, people always want to know how long the inspection will take. Some people have had their home appraised before and are familiar with the process but others are surprised when I tell them how long it will take. I often get a response that they have experienced or expected a much quicker inspections.

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4 Mistakes Made When Selling a Home


The season for home selling is upon us and we want to make sure you avoid these 4 mistakes before you decide to sell your home. By avoiding these mistakes it should make your home selling experience go much smoother.

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Town Home vs. Row Home & PUD vs. Condo


Row home and Town home properties are often confused with each other and seem like they are the same thing. The different names only indicate the style or design of the property. Both types of properties are attached dwellings, which means they are physically attached to the property next to it. The word town in town homes was changed by builders to describe the new construction properties they where building. They did this so that their dwellings would seem more upscale compared to the original row homes. When all is said and done row homes and town homes are the same thing.

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New Decision by Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac


A recent decision made by Freddie Mac to allow property waiver inspections on some purchase loans. Meaning that an appraisal may not be required for the purpose of home loan purchase. For many this sounds like a great idea because it will help reduce the cost of purchasing a home and shorten the amount of time the loan takes. This all sounds good, but what are some possible consequences of purchasing a home without an appraisal?

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Why Brandlin Appraisals?


There are many reasons for an appraisal such as buying or selling a home, estate, taxes, foreclosure, refinancing, and pre-listing to name a few. When dealing with these situations you want to be sure that you have made the best decision in choosing the right appraiser, so why Brandlin Appraisals?

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San Diego County Neighborhoods


San Diego County is high on the list of places to move in the United States. We have amazing weather year round, there are so many attractions to visit and you can drive from the Ocean to the mountains within hours, there is over 70 miles of coastline to see, some of the best craft beers in the United States, a wide variety of delicious restaurants, and it is full of friendly people.

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