There's More to an Appraisal Than Just the Structure of the Home

Real Estate Sales Representative with Realty Executive Midwest

Looks Like a Duck

Did you ever hear the saying " if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and looks like a duck then it must me a duck"?  I have heard that saying as well and for the most part believe it is true on some levels. I recently  learned however that this doesn't necessarily work on appraisals.

Last week I received a call from an appraiser wanting to know where I came with the listing price for the condominium I had listed.  I was a bit confused because I didn't have a condominium listed or so I thought.  I listed a home that looked like a town-home which had a separate entry way like a town-home, a garage like a town-home and even had a basement but I made one small...... okay, big over-site.  The legal description came back as a condominium!

The comps that I used were similar to my listing but the appraiser couldn't use them. Though the square footage and amenities were comparable, the listing was a condominium and should be priced significantly less than where we had it.

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