Overcoming appraisal myths by Midtown Appraisals
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The big appraisal myths, debunked

This infographic (below) from The Appraisal Institute has been around for a couple of years now, but I came across it again recently and I think it's still worth a look, especially if you're new to the appraisal process. (NOTE: The infographic refers to federal legislation in the US, and some of those laws may not be applicable in Canada, or in the Canadian province in which you live. If you're in any doubt about what information applies to you,…...
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Kevin Slemko AACI appraiser
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Appraisal delays driving you bonkers?

There are a bunch of reasons why they're happening. If you've been involved in the sale of a residential property in Ontario in the past 3 years - whether as a vendor, purchaser, real estate agent, mortgage broker or lawyer - you know that residential appraisals seem to take longer than they used to. Unfortunately, the current extended timelines for residential appraisals are a result of several different factors, not all of which are easily solved. However, the more you…...
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Midtown appraisal group on types of Ontario home

Types of house in Ontario: The basics

Do you know the differences? At first glance, 'house types' seems obvious: We all know the difference between a 1-storey house and a 2-storey house, right? But different terminology is used for different types of homes based not just on how many storeys they contain, but also on the way the floors are arranged. Here's an overview of the most common types of homes you'll see in Ontario. (There are other types, but most of them are just slight adaptations…...
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FAQs for appraisals for real estate
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Appraisals 101

What you should know about the appraisal process We know that whether you're a buyer or a seller, the appraisal process - especially for residential or agricultural properties - can be nerve-wracking. Here are answers to some of the questions we get asked most often. Why do I need an appraisal? Contrary to popular belief, appraisals aren't conducted because the bank (or anyone else involved in the transaction) is suspicious or looking for problems. It's simply a way for a…...
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Kevin Slemko AACI on how to conduct estate appraisals
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Estate Appraisals: What you need to know

When an estate involves real estate, proper valuation can be crucial It's a common situation: An elderly parent dies, leaving behind a spouse, adult children and young grandchildren. The family home is owned outright, or has a small mortgage, and everyone assumes that the home will be sold and the proceeds divided. Simple, right? After all, there's a straightforward Will and no one's arguing. Except that when there is a surviving spouse, and/or step-children, and the Will turns out to…...
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What appraisers bring to the table
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What is the role of the appraiser in home valuations?

Where data, experience and insight meet In previous posts, we've talked about how appraisers use data and comparable sales in order to arrive at a valuation for properties. For residential properties, comparable sales tend to offer a good starting point: If four similar properties on the street have sold in the past few months, they provide a good indication of what your home is worth. But sometimes, you'll see two homes in the same neighbourhood that seem, on the surface,…...
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Factors used to value a home in Ontario

What are appraisers looking for?

How do appraisers arrive at a valuation of your home? We've talked before about the step-by-step process involved in the residential appraisal process. But what are appraisers really looking for when they're walking around your property, making notes on their clipboard or tablet? It's important to remember that appraisers are looking to arrive at a value of the home given 'average' circumstances. They're not valuing the home based on what the 'ideal buyer' (the one who'll take one look at…...
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Kevin Slemko of Hamilton's Midtown Appraisal Group on how properties are valued
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Appraisal explanations: Lists are not enough

How appraisers look at the components of a property, Part 1 If you've recently bought or sold a home that involved a mortgage or loan, chances are an appraiser has been involved at some point to confirm the property's value. And if you asked your agent or mortgage broker what an appraiser looks at, they probably gave you a list of factors: Location, size, condition, comparable sales, etc. That's correct, as far as it goes. But a list like that…...
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Midtown Appraisal Group southern Ontario

Cleaning, clutter and style: Do they affect appraised value?

The answer is...it depends. As an appraiser, I'm often asked some version of this question: "My house is a mess and I just found out they want to send the appraiser tomorrow. Do you think it'll make a huge difference to the appraised value?" The standard, professional answer is, of course: "No, it won't affect value. Appraisers are trained to look at the structure and layout of the house, and overlook the sinkful of dirty dishes. Don't worry." The truth,…...
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Process of home appraisals by Midtown Appraisal Group

Home appraisals step by step

No one loves them, but they're not that bad Whether you're a homeowner looking to refinance your mortgage, a home buyer with your heart set on the dream home you finally found, or a home seller hoping that the conditional offer you got will finally firm up: Sooner or later there'll be a need for a home appraisal, and you'll spend at least a little time worried about the process. But you shouldn't worry so much. Appraisers aren't going to…...
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