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Thanks from an appraiser!

Real Estate Appraiser with Appraisal Pros in Texas

This is not as easy as I thought it would be :) but here goes.

I am a relatively new appraiser, not quite 4 years yet.  Prior to that I owned a mail order business supplying

incentives to the direct sales industry -- but that was another life.  After twenty years of that I decided it

was time for a change and became an appraiser...no easy task I might add.


Now, as I read posts from the realtors on this site I realize I have a wonderful avenue to say what I have

been wanting to say to realtors for a long time and so much easier since I can reach such a wide audience

with one post.

Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you! to those of you who take the time to be descriptive in your MLS listings.

You can't know how much I appreciate it when I am searching for a particular amenity or unusual feature to

match my subject house.  Even the small details of such things as granite counters, upgraded baths, the rooom

addition with or without permits, well, you must get the idea.   I especially appreciate it when you list that

garage conversion  :)   Updating after the sale is important to us too!


I hope this does not seem like a minor thing to you because for an appraiser it can make a difference in

whether we use a house as a comparable or not.  Sometimes we are searching for some reason NOT to use a

comparable -- searching for a reason a property sells for $20,000 less than other similar properties -- especially 

if that property is a model match and next door ...LOL...in my reports I sometimes explain why I didn't use

a lower priced comp.


I might add that adding plenty of description and features to your MLS might save you some phone calls from

appraisers.  Special assistance with closing costs by the seller is helpful too.


Well, I could go on but I am sure you get the gist of what I am trying to say..at least I hope so...I'm not an

experienced blogger (except for my blog about life with my 6 year old grandson).


Again, let me thank all of you for going that extra step or two to enter descriptions and information! 



Jason Schweiger
Modus Mortgage - Auburn, WA
Loan Originator: Modus Mortgage
You're welcome. I am usually very thorough in my listings. Good info!
Sep 26, 2007 04:29 AM
Nick M.
Certified Residential Appraiser- West Palm Beach Real Estate - West Palm Beach, FL
Realtor-Appraiser in West Palm-South Florida Real Estate Appraiser
 Hi Alisa, Welcome to Active Rain! :)  glad to have another appaiser buddy!  Great topic to start with. I don't think Realtor(r) understand how much we use the MLS. I call it the history book of the market. Not only do lack of photos hurt them to sell, but also hury them when they need that property as a comp. The more info the better. :)  I've even heard of Realtors(r) removing photos after they sell it because they don't want other agents using them. Can you say weaaaak!!!? :)  welcome to the club, Alisa. dont let AR become an addiction. You've been warned! :) HA!
Sep 26, 2007 12:49 PM

Thanks, Jason!  I'm sure appraisers in your neck of the woods appreciate

you for that!


Nick, some of the info here is so pitiful, well, lack of info I should say.  I didn't

realize they were removing the photos, I thought that meant it was never there.

That really gives me something to think about. I too spend a lot of time on the

MLS -- I belong to three of them.  I love it that there are interior photos now on

some of the listings, it is really helpful.  Also, our MLS's now list the cumulative

DOM which is an eye opener in some cases.  Thanks for the  welcome and response.



Sep 26, 2007 03:06 PM