Pre-Listing Appraisal Services from KEY INSIGHT

Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.

A lot of sellers are shocked when they find out that the market value of their house is much more than they had planned, so investing in a professional appraisal actually allowed these people to receive several thousand more dollars than they thought they would when their home was sold. Others have an over-inflated opinion of their home's amount of value and an appraisal helped them to realistically price their home in order for it to sell. Overpriced homes don't attract potential buyers, which means no offers and no closing and that you have wasted valuable time, money, and efforts. Each month that your home is still sitting on the market is another month you have to pay the mortgage. And you're stuck paying the mortgage while your property is sitting still on the market.

In today's adapting market, using a licensed appraiser is the best way to get a just listing price for your home.

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If you're working with a real estate agent to sell your house, then you can expect them to provide you with a comparative market analysis (or a CMA) that includes comparable homes for sale in your local area. It's a good starting point when deciding your home's listing price. This is a vital (and very logical) step if your goals are to maximize profit and minimize your time on the market.

In our opinion, though, you should also get an appraisal from a professional who tracks real estate values for living - PRIOR to listing your home - even if you're working with an experienced agent.

That's where KEY INSIGHT comes in! We'll do a pre-listing appraisal so you and your real estate agent have a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar comp sales and an accurate description of your house's features.

A qualified appraisal from KEY INSIGHT can help you decide on a realistic selling price so your house will entice potential buyers, and we'll also:

  • Provide tips to help you negotiate once you have an interested buyer
  • Blow away potential buyers with written proof of your house's quality inside and out
  • Make you aware of problems and eliminate repair hassles at the eleventh hour
  • Cut down the chances of unexpected difficulties that can cause sales to fall through
  • Cut out waiting for the buyer's appraisal to have confidence the deal can be underwritten.

Improvements that add value to your home

There are other important questions to ask yourself, in addition to "how much?", prior to listing your home. Questions like "Should we paint the whole house before we sell it?", "Would it help to put in that third bathroom?", "Should I complete my closet remodel?" Many things which we do to our houses have an effect on their value. But everything will affect it in a different way. A kitchen remodel might improve your home's appeal, but it might not justify the costs you'd pay.

KEY INSIGHT can help you with these decisions. KEY INSIGHT appraisers have no vested interest in the amount your home sells for, unlike an agent. Our fees are based on efforts to finalize the report, and not a percentage of the sales price. An appraisal fee from KEY INSIGHT is based on our efforts to finalize the report, and are not a percentage of the sales price. Our fees are not a percentage of the sales price — your fee to us is based on efforts to complete the report. So a professional appraisal from KEY INSIGHT will help you make the sharpest decisions when it comes to investing in their houses and settling on a fair price to sell at.

Avoid having your home on the market too long or selling yourself short by getting an appraisal to demonstrate the right listing price.