FHA Appraisal Inspection and Honesty in a R.E. Transaction

Honesty in a Real Estate Transaction            

I recently did a FHA Appraisal in Long Beach. I found a few things wrong. When I looked under the house, I saw jacks support the floor. This would defiantly affect the livability and Structural Soundness of the house.

The most interesting part was that the seller was hoping I would not see this. Also the MLS listing made no mention of the home needing repairs. 

This makes question the honesty of the seller and the agent. What about disclosure? Had this sold and the agent never mentions this, then the new owner found out, the agent could be sued. The most important part was if the Agent and Seller had hired me to a do a PRE-FHA Appraisal Inspection, I would have told them everything that needed to be addressed before the appraiser comes out. This would have saved a transaction. The seller would be happy and the agent would be happy.

If you would like to know more about a Pre-FHA Appraisal Inspection, please call me at 562-673-1138

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October 10, 2012   No Comments

How to Prepare for an Appraisal?

I have talked to so many homeowners over the years that do not understand what an appraisal is for and how to be ready for it. Today I will focus on how to prepare for it.

 Here is a simple list in no particular order:

 Return the appraiser’s phone call as quick as possible. We are under a deadline and you want to close your loan. The faster we set the appointment the quicker you report will be completed.

  1. Have a list of all recent improvements ready for us when we arrive. This will help when we do a walkthrough.
  2. Have all rooms unlocked and ready for me to inspect.(this includes bedrooms with sleeping teenagers, they should be up by noon)
  3. When I ask in the phone interview if you have an unpermitted addition, tell me the size. This way I can pull two sets of comps to make sure I have the proper square footage covered and I don’t have to drive back.
  4. Try and remove the clutter. Clutter will not count impact your value unless it has caused damage, however, it will make the pictures better.
  5. If you have a dog, make sure it is under your control before I come in.
  6. If this is a condo, have the following; HOA name, HOA contact #, HOA dues amount, number of units in HOA.
  7. I need to look in the garage; I need to make sure no one is living in there.
  8. Please don’t ask us what we think the value is, we can’t discuss this with you.
  9. Please don’t tell us what the loan amount needs to be, this might be considered “trying to influence the appraiser”
  10. If you home falls under any of the following, please tell us. Historic Property, Mills Act, Historic Neighborhood, National Registry of Historic Homes, etc…This is critical and has a impact on value and comps we choose.
  11. Remember, the appraisal is for the “lender”, not for you.

 If you have any questions regarding Appraisals or need an Appraisal in Long Beach, Los Angeles or Orange County, please call Craig at Wallace Real Estate Services  562-673-1138.

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September 16, 2011   No Comments

Alamitos Heights different values on both sides of 7th Street

 

Above 7th Street Vs Below 7th Street (this is a PDF Version)

 

I was doing an appraisal of a house here in the  Alamitos Heights area of Long Beach. I have always known there is a differance in values from one side of 7th Street to the other , so I decided to graph. I used all closed sales from 1998 until 6/30/2011. I will work on a graph that will tell us what the average percentage differance is and post it soon.

If you  need have any real estate appraisal needs in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach Area, contact me at 562-673-1138, www.wallaceres.com

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July 1, 2011   No Comments

Foreclosure and Market Trends in Long Beach

I was curious about Foreclosure activity in Long Beach.  I did some research, only to find out that Long Beach rated as one of the top Foreclosure Cities in Los Angeles County by Foreclosur Radar, and in that, the top zipcode with the most Foreclosure Activity was 90805.

Look at the Foreclosure chart for Inventories, and look at October, then look at the Median Price vs Inventory chart. Inventory of homes on the market went up as the the foreclosure inventory creeped up.

But, the bigger point to make is that values are still dropping, which could increase more foreclosures.

 

Activity for Zip Code 90805

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

Real Estate Market Chart by Altos Research www.altosresearch.com

If you  need have and real estate appraisal needs in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach Area, contact me at 562-673-1138, www.wallaceres.com

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April 8, 2011   No Comments

External Factors that can have a positive impact on a neighborhood?

 

I was up in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles today doing an appraisal.  The subject house was located close off a major east west street. I pulled a few comps from different neighborhoods. I knew the range was different but I wanted to see the other areas that had higher values. Once I got to the other neighborhood, it was quiclky obvoius that the homes here are of higher value. The homes had curb appeal, all nicely landscaped and maintained. But what really let me know when I was in a higher priced area was the street. All the streets were recently repaved and or slurry sealed. This had me stop and think about how something out of the homeowners control can possibly influence the perception of buyers and how this might contribute to higher values in the long run.

What do you think?

If you  need have and real estate appraisal needs in the greater Los Angeles and Long Beach Area, contact me at 562-673-1138, www.wallaceres.com

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March 10, 2011   No Comments

Comparable Selection

When you provide appraisers comparables, make sure that is what they are. If the subject house is 3 bedroom 2 bath, 1,600 sf in Lakewood Please don’t hand the appraiser a home that is 4+ bedrooms over 1,900 sf and over a mile away in Long Beach, and over 6 months old.

Current underwriting has changed for loans. Lenders want to see a minimum of 3 sold comps within the last 90 days. As well as 2 Active or Pending sales.

I typically try to stay as close to the subject as possible for starters. If the house is 3/1, I will focus one finding other 3/1’s first, then expand t 2/1’s and 4/2’s. I want to bracket the square footage. If the subject is 1,600 sf, I want comps that are less and more then 1,600 sf. Remember, we are trying to find the best match to the subject if possible.

Also, tell the appraiser was comps you used in determining the list price. The more information you can provide to the appraiser the better.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do when you think it might not appraise for the price your sellers wants to list is for, call me. I can help, by providing an objective opinion from a third party. I can do this for a small fee.

If you have any Apprasial Needs in Long Beach/Lakewood or surrounding areas, call me at 562-673-1138 or go to my website www.wallaceRES.com

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January 31, 2011   No Comments