Questions People Often Ask About Residential Appraisals

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  1. What is a real estate appraisal?
    • A real estate appraisal is a process where a qualified appraiser gives an informed opinion on the value of a property objectively.
  2. Why do we need real estate appraisals?
    • We need real estate appraisals for various purposes such as buying, selling, financing, taxation, estate settlements, and legal matters. Chiefly, they help stakeholders make informed decisions based on accurate property valuations.
  3. Who conducts real estate appraisals?
    • Licensed or certified appraisers conduct real estate appraisals, because they have undergone specific training and education in appraisal methods and techniques.
  4. What factors do appraisers consider?
    • Appraisers consider factors like property location, size, condition, features, comparable sales data and market trends. Additionally, they take into account factors like zoning regulations, environmental concerns, and accessibility.
  5. What methods do appraisers use?
    • Appraisers typically use one or more of the following methods to determine a property’s value:  
      • The sales comparison approach (comparing the subject property to similar properties that have recently sold).
      • The cost approach (estimating the cost to replace or reproduce the property).
      • The income approach (evaluating the property’s income potential, commonly used for rental properties).
  6. How long does a real estate appraisal take?
    • The duration of a real estate appraisal varies based on factors like property size, complexity, and data availability. Typically, residential appraisals take a few days to a week.
  7. How much does a real estate appraisal cost?
    • The cost of a real estate appraisal depends on factors like property type, size, location, and appraiser’s fees. All in all, residential appraisals usually cost several hundred dollars.
  8. Can the appraisal value be contested?
    • Yes, stakeholders can contest an appraisal value by providing additional information or evidence to support their argument.

In summary, these are just some basic questions and answers about real estate appraisals. The field of real estate appraisal is extensive, therefore specific details may vary depending on the jurisdiction and the nature of the property being appraised. If you need more information, especially if you have questions outside of those answered above, please call Davlin Appraisal Services at 208-250-4921 or contact me at

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