It is important to find an appraisal company that is familiar with the local area. While it might seem impossible to control an appraiser’s final outcome, there are many ways you can. Appraisal Manager Companies (AMCs, Appraisal Manager Companies), are those who select appraisers. They approve and vet them before they are allowed to work with lenders.

Appraisal Management Companies could use appraisers that live nearby the property they’re appraising. This is a great thing for all. Appraisal Management firms will still hire appraisers due to their lower fees. The appraisal work will be broadcast to all bidders, even though they may not be located within 90+ miles of the property.

These companies are called appraisal management companies. They do this in order to reduce the price of an appraisal, but retain a significant amount of the total fee. This is not good news to most homeowners. Here are some reasons.

  • School District, Taxes and Special Assessments Understanding the area that you’re valuing is crucial. The value of a property can be affected by subtle differences in the neighborhoods. These differences could have a significant impact on property value if an appraiser is unfamiliar with the area. A home located in a highly rated school district can impact its value. An appraiser might use comps from a lower-ranked school district. This has happened in the past. One possibility is that the school dividing line is near a home. But the appraiser uses comps for another school district. The appraiser uses comps from another school district to determine if the homebuyer is willing to pay more for a quality school district. This could allow them to save money on private schooling. Another example is the invading of neighboring neighborhoods with different tax and assessment rates. Buyers will decide if they want to pay more property taxes or assessments. It is possible for an appraisal report to be biased if it uses comps from another neighborhood with different taxes or assessment. I’ve seen large differences in block values when it comes to property tax assessments or school districts. Local appraisers are able to help you determine the differences and find comparable sales for your property.
  • Local building codes . Different areas have different requirements for different types of buildings. Buyers often have a preference and will be willing to pay more for the style they like. There are many regulations which will determine what is permitted on your property. Only a few areas allow accessory units. These are basements with extra rooms or bathrooms. There are no restrictions. Other regulations are more strict. Local appraisers have more experience and are better equipped to spot differences than someone unfamiliar with the area. A low-cost outside appraiser may not have the time or desire to research your design and local building codes.
  • General understanding of planning/redevelopment – A local appraiser who has lived and worked in the area has most likely seen the neighborhood go through significant change. An area appraiser can explain the history of the city and the potential future plans. An appraiser from the area will be able evaluate how these impact values in the event of a price rise. A local appraiser is more knowledgeable than an outsider about local planning and developments because they live nearby.

There are many reasons you might hire an appraiser. These are just some of the many reasons I listed.

What should customers do?

  • Get in touch a local Brooklyn Real Estate appraiser. Sometimes you might feel that there are no other options. Conflicts of interest mean that you cannot employ your neighbor who’s an appraiser. Ask your lender for an appraiser that is familiar with your area, and who has done previous appraisals in your neighborhood.
  • Private appraisals will not be required if you need to know the value of your property or assets, as well as PMI, bankruptcy, and other factors. To confirm that an appraiser is available in your region, you can call or email them.