Zillow Advice: Selling Process - Should you get an appraisal of your house before you put it on the market? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate My answer is yes and no.&nbsp; ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ My answer is yes and no.&nbsp; <br/><br/>If you are going to market your home without a Realtor I'd suggest getting an appraisal.&nbsp; <br/><br/>I also agree with Vince that there are certain Realtors who will give you a CMA designed to snag your listing.&nbsp; Pick 4 Realtors to interview.&nbsp; Avoid a friend of a friend.&nbsp; Pick 4 people who see actively advertising and selling in your area.<br/><br/>If 3 of the 4 are within a few thousand of each other and one is higher - you know which one is trying to snag your listing.&nbsp; Don't pick the one who tells you what you want to hear.<br/><br/>I also agree with Amanda.&nbsp; Getting an appraisal is paying for one persons <strong>opinion</strong>.&nbsp; Yes appraisers are highly trained and licensed.&nbsp; Some by nature are conversative others are a little more lenient.&nbsp; Not to say either one is wrong.&nbsp; The one the bank users may have a different opinion from the one you used. <br/><br/>In most instances appraisers can only use comps that are 3-6 months old.&nbsp; If it takes 6 months to find a buyer for your home the market could have swung lower or higher by the time the next appraisal is done. Sun, 07 Oct 2012 09:29:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-07T09:29:00Z Thanks for posting your question ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ Thanks for posting your question on Zillow.com!<br/><br/>I would say, it depends.&nbsp; If your house is unique and hard to comp out, yes.&nbsp; If it is similar to others making it easy to comp out, no.<br/><br/>Not all appraisals will end up the same anyway. :-(<br/><br/>Hope we helped, good luck! Sat, 06 Oct 2012 20:07:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-06T20:07:00Z I would say yes only if you ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ I would say yes only if you are in a neighborhood where the comps are all over the place and if your house has way more upgrades than other homes surrounding you.<br/><br/>Otherwise, I think it's a waste of money.&nbsp; Get a knowledgeable Realtor to show you the comps and together decide on a listing price.<br/><br/>Naima Sat, 06 Oct 2012 18:03:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-06T18:03:00Z Hi,Getting an appraisal performed ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ Hi,<br/><br/>Getting an appraisal performed before selling will not insure you against a bad appraisal in a purchase transaction.<br/><br/>A buyer's lender will still order their own appraisal (they cannot use yours), and every appraisal event is subject to the opinion and errors of the individual appraiser performing the service.<br/><br/>You may still have a fight on your hands if the buyer's appraiser includes inappropriate homes to compare yours to -- or commits an error on measuring your square footage.<br/><br/>You also run the risk of having these same errors happen on the appraisal you receive to set your list price!&nbsp;<br/><br/>The only time I recommend a pre-listing appraisal is in the absence of comps (e.g., a very unique property (e.g. dome home -- or a rural property where less than 3 sales have occurred in the past year), or when there has been a change in the square footage of a home that isn't accounted for on tax records. In the case of a second, the option of having a square-footage appraisal is less costly than a price appraisal.<br/><br/>The best defense is to make sure your listing agent is familiar with your local area and has an understanding of how to identify appraisal errors and contest those should a problem arise. Interview carefully. Sat, 06 Oct 2012 12:54:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-06T12:54:00Z Yes, its a good idea. The ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ Yes, its a good idea. The only down side is the cost. Its usually better than a CMA since a Realtor usually is interested in listing your home, not always a completely unbiased third party. (I know since I am both). You pay the appraiser for honesty, and their expertise, so shop around for a local appraiser who has been doing it for a while. <br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.asc.gov/National-Registry/FindAnAppraiser.aspx">Here is a list of appraisers</a> nationally. You are looking for an AL or AR appraiser for a home appraisal. Shop around for an affordable price also, there is no set price for an appraisal for listing purposes. <br/><br/> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 04:22:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-06T04:22:00Z It is definitely a good idea ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ <p>It is definitely a good idea to get an appraisal before you list your home.&nbsp; This way you are clear about how much your home is worth, and you can defend your list price!<br/><br/>Sheri Negri<br/>Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate</p> Sat, 06 Oct 2012 04:00:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-06T04:00:00Z Take a look at this thread ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ Take a look at this <a href="http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/is-a-certified-appraisal-better-than-the-real-estates-market-value-analysis/462807/">thread</a> from earlier today.&nbsp; The conclusion seems to be yes. Sat, 06 Oct 2012 03:57:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Should-you-get-an-appraisal-of-your-house-before-you-put-it-on-the-market/462889/ 2012-10-06T03:57:00Z