Zillow Advice: Refinance - What's the best way to find out the value of my home prior to spending money on an appraisal? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Taylor,The first thing that ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ Taylor,<br/><br/>The first thing that comes to mind is asking the Realtor that helped you buy your home to do a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis) for you. If they are a high quality professional Realtor they will definitely do this for you.<br/><br/>Aside from that any decent lender you work with should be able to give you comps. Some of them just look up Zillow's "Zestimate" and will give you that number but what you really want is someone that will give you a list of 3-5 like-comps, that have sold in the last 90 days, and are similar in bedroom/bathroom count and square footage.<br/><br/>As Go Huskers said, I also&nbsp;recommend&nbsp;using someone in California for your refinance.<br/><br/>Hope this helps a little.<br/><br/>Sincerely,<br/>Greg Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:55:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ 2013-02-26T21:55:00Z Is there a particular reason ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ Is there a particular reason you want to go out of state for the lender? &nbsp;I am not a lender so I am not trying to sell you anything. &nbsp;You should work with someone who knows your market. &nbsp;Most local lenders will match or beat the competition if you shop around.&nbsp; Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ 2013-02-26T23:19:00Z Ask your Realtor for a CMA. ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ Ask your Realtor for a CMA. &nbsp;This shouldn't take more than 1 day to get back to you. &nbsp; Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:40:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ 2013-02-26T21:40:00Z Taylor,You could contact ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ <p>Taylor,<br/>You could contact a real estate agent who can run a CMA (comparative market analysis) for you. You won't have access to that tool, but the agent can pull recent sales information within your community and give you a pretty good idea of what the house may be worth.<br/><br/>You may try Zillow to see if you can find recent sales. Although the information is helpful, it's not as accurate.<br/><br/>I hope that helps.</p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:19:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ 2013-02-26T21:19:00Z Most likely the bank will ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ Most likely the bank will require an appraisal to re-finance your home, so regardless, you will have to pay for an appraisal. If you happen to have a Realtor, you could ask them to give you an idea of what your home is worth based on the previous years sales. It only takes a few minutes for us to research this. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:16:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ 2013-02-26T21:16:00Z "I am considering using an ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ "I am considering using an out of state VA Specilist to re-fi my home and they asked me if I thought the home would appraise for 360K? What's the best way to find out prior to me spending money on the appraisal?"<br/>----<br/>Consider a "in-state loan officer with a DRE and NMLS license that can do a market analysis for you. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:14:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/What%27s-the-best-way-to-find-out-the-value-of-my-home-prior-to-spending-money-on-an-appraisal/480409/ 2013-02-26T21:14:00Z