Need a pre-listing appraisal? 

A lot of sellers are shocked when they find out that the market value of their house is much more than they had planned, so investing in an appraisal from Robin Taggart Hannigan actually allowed these people to receive several thousand more dollars than they thought they would when their home was sold. Others have an inflated opinion of their home's price value and an appraisal helped them to decide on a realistic price for their home in order for it to sell. An overpriced house will not attract buyers, which means you have wasted time on money and are left with no offers. Each month that your home is still sitting on the market is another month you have to pay the mortgage. All the while you're stuck paying the mortgage while your home is still sitting on the market.

With today's ever-changing market conditions, you should definitely hire a certified appraiser to get a sharp listing price for your home.

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If you're working with an agent to list your house, more than likely, they'll give you a comparative market analysis (CMA) that includes comparable houses for sale in your area. It's a customary starting point in determining your home's listing price. For anyone looking to get most profit out of their house, which includes not having it for sale too long, this is a natural process.

Even if you've hired the most experienced real estate agent, it's not uncommon to need a third-party's objective opinion if a property is unique or unusual for the area. And that's where Robin Taggart Hannigan can help you.  We'll perform a pre-listing appraisal so you and your agent both have an accurate description of your home's features and a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar comparable sales in your area.

A professional appraisal from  Robin Taggart Hannigan can help you decide on a realistic selling price so your house will entice potential buyers, and will also:

  • Be a valuable negotiating tool once you find a prospective buyer
  • Impress potential buyers with written proof of your home's condition and value
  • Reduce chances of unexpected issues that can cause sales to fall through 
  • Help insure that the property is priced correctly so that it sells in a timely manner for the best price

Home improvements that add value

There are other important questions to ask yourself, in addition to "how much?", prior to listing your house. Ask yourself "Should we paint the entire house before we sell it?", "Should I put in that third bathroom?", "Should I finish my closet remodel?" Many things that we do to our houses can have an effect on their value. But, not all of them have an equal affect. While a kitchen remodel may improve the appeal of a home, it may not add nearly enough to the value to justify your expenses.

We'll help you make some of these decisions. Our appraisers have no vested interest in the amount the house sells for, unlike an agent. Our fees are based on our efforts to complete your appraisal, and not a percentage of the sales price. Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.