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Atlanta Home Appraisals and Inspections

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

When I list a home, I try to control all aspects of the process. I do this because I think it should be my responsibility that the house not only goes under contract, but that it goes to closing!

I follow up with the selling-agent about any inspections, and go to the home- inspection, checking in with the other agent and the inspector and if they are there, introducing myself to the buyer, as the seller’s representative. I do this because I believe that it is my job to (a) make sure that there are no non-related items on the report  and also (b) to represent the seller.

We are in an appreciating market, unlike the depreciating one we’ve been in for several years. In this current market, it is too difficult to “hope and wish” that the property will appraise for the sales price. After the inspection but before the appraisal, I take the lockbox off the door, courtesy-calling the selling agent in advance, and telling him/her that I what and why I am doing this. I do this with all my listings, so that I am able to meet and talk with the appraiser. Because I am the one who is letting the appraiser into the house, taking the lockbox off enables me to justify the listing price/sales price to an appraiser, usually in-person.  Once the home is appraised, I put the lockbox back on the house, enabling the buyer to take another look, most times “locking” them into their love of the property.

After the house is strongly “Under Contract”, ready for closing, an “Under Contract” sign is placed on the house. Why so late? Because I want to encourage back-up offers.

Does your agent do this for you? If not, call or email me and allow me to tell you all of the other things I do for a seller!

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