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Why does the appraiser have to take pictures of every room in my house? - Birmingham Appraisal Blog

Why does the appraiser have to take pictures of every room in my house? - Birmingham Appraisal Blog | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Birmingham, AL appraiser Tom Horn provides answers to a commonly asked question: Why does the appraiser have to take pictures of every room in my house?
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Find out why the appraiser takes pictures of the inside of your home. #appraisalfaq

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Tips For Selling a Home in The Winter

Tips For Selling a Home in The Winter | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Do you know how to sell a home in the Winter? Take a look at some of the top Winter home selling tips which Increase your real estate success!
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Helpful tips for selling your home during the winter months. This time of year requires a little different approach and Bill Gassett does an excellent job of addressing all the issues that you can get in your way of having a great experience.

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Bill Gassett's comment, December 6, 8:38 AM
Thanks for sharing how to sell a home in the winter @Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's comment, December 6, 9:37 PM
Your welcome Bill.
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Are You Secretly Under Surveillance? - Birmingham Appraisal Blog

Are You Secretly Under Surveillance? - Birmingham Appraisal Blog | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it

Have you recently moved into your dream home in a great neighborhood, only to find out that you are secretly under surveillance?  Read on to find out what could be happening.

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Check out a past post of mine to find out why people have been taking pictures of your house.

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Shannon Slater's curator insight, December 6, 11:00 PM

Have you ever noticed someone driving by your house and taking a picture?  Don't worry.   Here is an explanation as to why this may be happening. 

Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's comment, December 7, 10:05 PM
Thanks for sharing Shannon!
Shannon Slater's comment, December 7, 10:39 PM
Your'e welcome Tom!
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How accurate is the Zillow Zestimate - YouTube

http://birminghamappraisalblog.com/ - Tom Horn discusses the accuracy of the Zestimates given by the Zillow website. Whenever you need to get an accurate est...
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People are really fascinated with Zillow as you can see from the video I made looking at how accurate it is...or is not. It just went over 14,000 views!

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Knowledge is the Key to House Flipping in this Market — Collier Swecker | Real Estate News | Small Business | Technology

Knowledge is the Key to House Flipping in this Market — Collier Swecker | Real Estate News | Small Business | Technology | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Collier Swecker video blogs about what house flippers need to know in the current real estate market.
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If you want to get into house flipping you need to listen to Collier's advice because it's not as easy as it once was.

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What Are The Costs With Buying a Home?

What Are The Costs With Buying a Home? | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What are the home buying costs for Massachusetts real estate? See a detailed list of fees associated with purchasing a home or condominium in Massachusetts.
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Make sure you don't overlook these costs when buying a home!

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Bill Gassett's comment, October 21, 9:09 PM
Thanks for the scoop on what the costs of buying a home!
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Pricing, Marketing, and Buying Unusual Homes for Sale

Pricing, Marketing, and Buying Unusual Homes for Sale | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Ever seen (or bought) a home that used to be a church? A castle? A fire station. Now and then, such properties come onto the market. But are they are a good buy? How does the seller price or market the property?
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Appraising unusual homes can be a challenge so I know selling one can be also. Check out these 3 tips from Brendon DeSimone to help.

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How to Most Effectively Convert Zillow Leads - YouTube

You’re invited to RSVP now for the next upcoming “60 Minutes to 6 Figures” event on How to most Effectively Convert Zillow Leads with Special Guest Gusty Gul...
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Zillow and Tulia's recent merger announcement is a game changer for real estate agents. Genny Williams interviews agent Gusty Gulas on how he has made Zillow work for him.

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RESAAS Blog: Low Cost Tips to Prepare a Home for Sale

RESAAS Blog: Low Cost Tips to Prepare a Home for Sale | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
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Here are some LOW COST ways to get your home ready to sell. Bill Gassett provides helpful info. if you're trying to fix up your home on a budget.

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How to find the flood zone status of your property

Knowing if the property you want to buy is in a flood zone can save you money. Use this tutorial to get this valuable information.
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Check out this simple way to find the flood zone status of a property. FEMA recently updated their maps and you can use their website to see if your home, or one you're interested in buying, is in a flood zone.

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So you want to start a real estate blog? - Birmingham Appraisal Blog

So you want to start a real estate blog? - Birmingham Appraisal Blog | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
If you're a real estate agent now is the perfect time to start a real estate blog. Check out how these 5 agents, 3 from the Birmingham, AL area, use blogs to enhance their business. You can get started by attending Wordcamp Birmingham this weekend.
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If you're a real estate agent there is no time like the present to start a blog to grow your business. Wordcamp Birmingham is this weekend (August 16) and it can help you find out more about blogging.

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Things to Do After Selling Your Home

Things to Do After Selling Your Home | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
What are some of the most important things to do after selling your home? Find out what you should never forget once you have closed on your property.
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There's a lot of information out there that help you get ready to sell your home but what about after the sale? Check out this complete guide by Bill Gassett that will help you know what to do after the closing.

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Kimberly Shivers's curator insight, August 4, 1:11 PM

Finally, a really good article for the seller's check list. The REMAX agent in Mass. found the words to put "chaos" into a well written "to do list" that I am glad to share with the seller's I work with in NJ. 

 

 

Bill Gassett's comment, August 4, 2:06 PM
Thanks for sharing Kimberly!
Bill Gassett's comment, August 4, 9:30 PM
Thanks for sharing Mike!
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Improvements That Will Help Sell Your Birmingham, AL Home

Improvements That Will Help Sell Your Birmingham, AL Home | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Knowing what improvements that will help sell your home is important.Keeping a list of upgrades and improvements can do wonders for selling your home.
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's insight:

It's important to let the appraiser know what improvements you have made to your home so that he/she can take them into consideration when performing and appraisal. This is a great article that Bill Gassett has put together so check it out. 

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Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's comment, July 25, 9:25 AM
Thanks for providing quality content for me to share with my readers.
Connor T. MacIVOR's curator insight, July 25, 12:05 PM

Great advice from the MA real estate master Bill Gassett. Being in real estate sales, I know quality when I see it! #superagent #marealtor #topagent

Bill Gassett's comment, July 26, 12:06 PM
Thanks for sharing and the compliments Connor!
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DW Slater Company, Real Estate Appraiser: We paid $30,000 for our pool last year and the appraisal only valued it at $15,000?

DW Slater Company, Real Estate Appraiser: We paid $30,000 for our pool last year and the appraisal only valued it at $15,000? | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it

Via Shannon Slater
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A swimming pool is the classic example of cost not always being equal to value. Check out fellow appraiser Shannon Slater's article to understand why.

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8 facts to know about mold | HVAC DIY in Birmingham

8 facts to know about mold | HVAC DIY in Birmingham | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
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Helpful information from Don Johnson, the owner of Freedom Heating & Cooling, about mold, 8 facts you need to know.

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The Many Risks of Pricing Your Birmingham, AL Home Too High

The Many Risks of Pricing Your Birmingham, AL Home Too High | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it

What are the risks of pricing your home too high? Discover why overpricing a home can lead to missed sales, lost money and a lot of stress.

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Real estate agent Bill Gassett makes some excellent points about pricing your home too high, one of which is it not appraising when you go to get a loan. Don't let this happen to you. One way to get a more accurate asking price besides hiring a real estate agent is to get an appraisal. The appraiser will use comps based on appraisal industry and mortgage underwriting guidelines so the change of it not appraising on the back end of the transaction is reduced. 

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Bill Gassett's comment, November 28, 9:11 AM
Thanks for sharing the home pricingadvice @Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser
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Answers to appraisal questions - Birmingham Appraisal Blog

Answers to appraisal questions - Birmingham Appraisal Blog | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Birmingham, AL real estate appraiser Tom Horn answers some appraisal questions he was asked recently about comps, home updates, and types of appraisals.
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In this blog post I answer some questions I received lately. Are these questions you have had? If not, and you have a question you want answered, leave me a comment on the post and I will answer it for you. I hope you're enjoying the Fall leaves this year.

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Energy Saving Tips for Winter

Energy Saving Tips for Winter | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
How do you save energy in your home during the Winter? Follow these energy saving tips for the Winter months to bring down your cost of living.
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's insight:

With the cold snap we had this weekend this is a very timely article to read by Bill Gassett. He provides some good energy saving tips.

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Bill Gassett's comment, November 3, 1:56 PM
Thanks for sharing the home energy saving tips @Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser!
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's comment, November 3, 2:07 PM
No problem Bill! Good info.
Bill Gassett's comment, November 4, 1:16 PM
I appreciate you sharing the ways to save money on energy around your home @Heather Thompson-Twardus!
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Market Trends: Ballantrae Neighborhood Of Pelham, AL-2014 Year To Date - Birmingham Appraisal Blog

Market Trends: Ballantrae Neighborhood Of Pelham, AL-2014 Year To Date - Birmingham Appraisal Blog | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Birmingham, AL real estate appraiser Tom Horn gives an update on housing trends in the Ballantrae neighborhood of Pelham, AL
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Find out what's happening in the Ballantrae neighborhood of Pelham, AL.

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Tips to Sell Your Home in The Fall

Tips to Sell Your Home in The Fall | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Selling in the fall is not hard to do if you take the season into account. Follow these tips to sell your home in the fall to increase your success.
Tom Horn-Real Estate Appraiser's insight:

Wow! Fall is around the corner so here are some selling tips for this beautiful time of year.

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Bill Gassett's comment, September 23, 4:20 PM
Thanks for sharing the Fall home selling tips Kimberly!
Naomi Pena's curator insight, November 3, 12:03 PM

I have noticed that there are a lot of for sale signs popping up in my neighborhood.  Here are some good tips from Bill on selling your home in the fall.

Bill Gassett's comment, November 3, 12:08 PM
Thanks for sharing how to sell your home in the fall @Naomi Pena!
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Stage Outdoor Spaces When Selling Your Home — Collier Swecker | Real Estate News | Small Business | Technology

Stage Outdoor Spaces When Selling Your Home — Collier Swecker | Real Estate News | Small Business | Technology | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Collier Swecker video blogs about the importance of staging outdoor spaces when selling your home.
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Collier Swecker says "don't forget to state outdoor areas when selling your home". You can potentially lose thousands of dollars in your sale price by not attracting the best buyers through proper staging.

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How a Realtor Determines Real Estate Market Value

How a Realtor Determines Real Estate Market Value | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
I have written numerous articles on how to determine real estate market value, so today I thought I would try a fresh approach on this critically important topic by interviewing one of the top agents in the US. If you were to ask 1,000 real estate agents around the country for the most common mistake that home sellers make, they would tell you something relating to the asking price of their home. The fact is most homes on the market are improperly priced and this mistake typically ends up costing the home seller tens of thousands of dollars, as well as ruing the time schedule that the home seller wanted to attain. Aggravation and loss of money, that's what you get when you try to sell a home that is improperly priced, so continue reading and learn how to avoid the pain. I have been preaching for years about the need for home sellers to interview multiple agents for the job of selling their homes, so I am going to make it a bit easier and start that process for you right now
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Short of getting a pre-listing appraisal to sell your home, the best thing you can do is hire an agent that knows how to PRICE your home accurately. Bill Gassett and Joe Manausa discuss what goes into pricing a home with good "comps" and not just "sales". By following their advice the home sale is less likely to fall through after the home goes under contract.

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Kaye Davis's curator insight, August 30, 11:12 AM

Many neighborhoods had numerous foreclosures after 2008 and it makes it difficult to find recent sales for comparative market analysis. This article has some of the things that a real estate agent considers in pricing.

Bill Gassett's comment, September 2, 10:48 AM
Thanks for sharing Tom!
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Thanks so much for sharing Kaye!
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Can State Coalitions Rescue The Real Estate Appraisal Profession?

Can State Coalitions Rescue The Real Estate Appraisal Profession? | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Real estate appraiser coalitions: Can they be effective? How can you participate? Read up on the genesis, purpose, and opportunity for real estate appraisers to shape their professional landscape.
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Read my latest blog post for Mckissock regarding state appraiser coalitions.

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Real Estate Appraisal: What Appraisers Look At

Real Estate Appraisal: What Appraisers Look At | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
Understanding what a real estate appraiser looks for during an appraisal can help you prepare for this required part of selling a home.
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Bill Gassett breaks down what appraisers look for during the appraisal assignment and how they come up with the value of your home. This is a good resource for homeowners and real estate agents.

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Bill Gassett's comment, August 7, 9:56 AM
Thanks for sharing Tom!
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If you’ve been looking for a way to liquidate unwanted real estate assets, as well as receive a tax deduction;  there’s an alternative to selling; donate your propery to Real Estate with Causes.  This non-profit charity helps connect those who wish to help, with those who need help. http://www.realestatedonation.org/

Bill Gassett's comment, August 20, 3:57 PM
Thanks for sharing With Causes!
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Owning An Historic Home In Birmingham, AL: The Pros and Cons

Owning An Historic Home In Birmingham, AL: The Pros and Cons | Birmingham Real Estate News | Scoop.it
So, you're thinking about buying an historic home? Great! Birmingham neighborhoods like Crestwood, Avondale, Forest Park and others are rich in beautiful
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Tyler Davis reveals what it's like to own a historic home in Birmingham. Great look at what goes into buying and owning this type of home from the people that have actually done it. 

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