Zillow Advice: Housing Market - how can i get a free aprisal http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I wish I knew the answer ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ I wish I knew the answer to that one! As far as I know appraisals must be paid for.&nbsp;Your best bet is to get a market analysis done by a local realtor. Realtors will provide a complimentary analysis which is similar to an appraisal as a courtesy to potential clients. Good Luck! Fri, 05 Aug 2011 01:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ 2011-08-05T01:29:00Z @ SoCal_Engr:Washington state ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ @ SoCal_Engr:<br/><br/>Washington state requirements are <a href="http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/appraisers/appcertres.html" rel="nofollow">here.</a> for becoming a residential appraiser.&nbsp; They are indeed considerably more than getting a real estate license (described <a href="http://www.dol.wa.gov/business/realestate/brokerslicense.html" rel="nofollow">here).</a><br/><br/> Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ 2011-07-31T22:52:00Z First, you probably cannot ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ First, you probably cannot get a "free appraisal". Part of the value of an appraisal is that it is performed by a paid appraiser who&nbsp;is supposed to have&nbsp;no other interest in the house, or it's value.<br/><br/><strong><em>"I can offer you a free market analysis of your home in the current market conditions. It's the same thing as an appraisal, only it's free with no obligation!"<br/></em></strong><br/>C'mon now. A CMA is the same as an appraisal? It's statements like this that make people look at the REA profession and go "huh?". Granted, an appraisal and CMA are both estimates of value. However, try taking a CMA to a bank and get a loan.<br/><br/>Without getting into a discussion about the capabilities of appraisers-v-REAs (not really sure this is possible), the most important difference is that the appraiser has no vested interest in the appraised value, where a REA cannot make the same arms-length claim.<br/><br/>Can anyone shed any light on what the requirements, if any, are for a person to perform appraisals (i.e., classes, licensing, etc.)? Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:47:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ 2011-07-31T22:47:00Z There are two types of basic ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ There are two types of basic potential appraisals or ways to potentially <u>estimated</u> the value of your property. (Note:&nbsp; A professional appraisal is also only an estimate and the value of your home and can change quickly one way or the other from a 'paid' appraiser as many banks and lenders have discovered in recent years).&nbsp; One way is to pay for a professional appraisal by a state certified appriasal service (or individual).&nbsp; Such services can be found in phone books, referred by banks / mortgage companies, or RE offices if they are willing to share such info.&nbsp; The second way to obtain an 'estimate' of your properties value is to do so by asking a RE office or agent to provide you with a Competitive Market Analysis.&nbsp; This analysis is usually free (as the agent or office is hopeful that you may list your property with them for completing this task).&nbsp; However,&nbsp;it will only tell you what similar homes or properties in your neighborhood have sold for in recent weeks / months or are currently&nbsp;listed at price wise ..... at the time of the market comparison.&nbsp; On the other hand ..... it can be a fairly good indicator of where you <em><u><strong>might</strong></u></em> to list your home / property price wise!!<br/><br/>Best success .................. Sun, 31 Jul 2011 22:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ 2011-07-31T22:29:00Z Hello:I can offer you a free ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ Hello:<br/><br/>I can offer you a free market analysis of your home in the current market conditions. It's the same thing as an appraisal, only it's free with no obligation! <em>[edited by Zillow moderator to remove contact information]</em><br/><br/>Thanks,<br/><br/>John Pordon Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:53:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ 2011-07-28T22:53:00Z To my knowledge you can't ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ To my knowledge you can't get a free appraisal.&nbsp;&nbsp; Your more then welcome to use Zillow to get a Zestimate.&nbsp; Keep in mind a Zestimate is not an appraisal, its a starting point.&nbsp; Good luck.<br/> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 22:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/how-can-i-get-a-free-aprisal/409381/ 2011-07-28T22:30:00Z