Pre Listing Appraisals
Pre Listing Appraisals

Home Selling Process without a Pre Listing Appraisal When a home owner wants to sell their house, they meet with a realtor who may ask them to paint their living […]

Estate Appraisals
Estate Appraisals

Estate appraisals are commonly ordered by the executor of an estate to determine tax liability and dispose of real property under a will or in probate. There are many situations […]

Divorce Appraisals
Divorce Appraisals

When you order an appraisal from Maryland Appraisal, LLC, you are assured that you will get the best in professional service, courtesy, and the highest quality appraisal. We also know […]

Bankruptcy Appraisals
Bankruptcy Appraisals

Appraisal Type Much like the appraisal required for getting a mortgage loan, a bankruptcy appraisal report establishes an opinion of your home’s fair market value. By comparing your home to […]

Appraising Mold Contamination
Appraising Mold Contamination

In fact the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) states in provision AO9: “The value of an interest in impacted or contaminated real estate may not be measurable simply […]

Property with Limited Comps
Property with Limited Comps

Most everything that a typical real estate buyer would look for in a home needs to be weighed by the appraisers. This includes everything from neighborhood marketing time, to proximity […]

Determining a Homes Worth
Determining a Homes Worth

Compare properties One way to decide if a home’s price is fair or not is by comparing similar properties that have been sold in the area. Comparable homes should be […]

The Value of Energy Efficientcy
The Value of Energy Efficientcy

When appraising a property that has been upgraded to be more efficient whether from solar panels, energy efficient windows, or air conditioning units, it helps to have a few comparable […]

What is a Comparable?
What is a Comparable?

The methodology of an appraisal report Comps are based on sold properties in the surrounding area that are the most similar overall to the home being appraised. Here are some […]

How to Prepare for an Appraisal
How to Prepare for an Appraisal

Here is a short checklist Clean house – Though the appraiser will not take tidiness into account when evaluating the property, it’s important to clean up for accessibility reasons. That […]

Fuzzy Math and the Legal Description
Fuzzy Math and the Legal Description

Metes refers to the straight line between two points. Each point is a monument. This includes the curb of a road, a boulder, tree line or any other element that […]

A Day in the Life of an Appraiser
A Day in the Life of an Appraiser

The Appraiser’s Method There are many standards to follow when accepting, developing and reporting an appraisal. Typically, an appraiser will have a caseload of appraisal assignments daily that involve multiple […]

What is a Drive-by Appraisal?
What is a Drive-by Appraisal?

How can the appraiser provide an accurate appraisal if they don’t even walk through the front door? In a drive-by appraisal, the appraiser is really just making sure that the […]

4 Appraisals Misconceptions
4 Appraisals Misconceptions

Appraisers verify sales with the local municipality, and use Multiple Listing Services (MLS) to see sales reported by real estate agents. People are often vaguely familiar with what an appraisal […]

How is an Unfinished Home Appraised?
How is an Unfinished Home Appraised?

An “as-is” appraisal is fairly common and just as it sounds, it’s an appraised value for a home in its current condition during the time of the appraisal. A “subject […]

As Is Value Appraisals
As Is Value Appraisals

Change in zoning or deed restrictions Change in allowable density Plans or plat in the approval process Proposed development of a vacant site Proposed renovation or conversion of an already […]

How Accurate is Zillow Zestimate?
How Accurate is Zillow Zestimate?

As a Maryland Real Estate Appraiser, I get more than the occasional homeowner that says… “Why don’t you just use Zillow?” or “I already know what my home is worth. […]

Let’s Talk Basements
Let’s Talk Basements

Just like in Home Alone, when Macaulay Culkin would run up the basement stairs when the furnace started to click and groan, they can be a scary place when you’re […]