Eight ways to improve your home appraisal

Posted by Bonnie Martin Designated Broker on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 at 8:21am.

When Kellie and Michael May decided to refinance their home in the New York suburbs, they wanted to take advantage of historically low interest rates. But before landing a new 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, they had to get through a home appraisal.

But the appraisal came back roughly $70,000 less than the $1,230,000 the Mays were expecting, and too low to support their new loan.

Here are eight ways you can bolster your appraisal:  MAKE SURE APPRAISER KNOWS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, PROVIDE YOUR OWN COMPARABLES, KNOW WHAT ADDS THE MOST VALUE, DOCUMENT YOUR FIX-UPS, TALK UP YOUR TOWN, DISTINGUISH BETWEEN UPSTAIRS AND DOWNSTAIRS, CLEAN UP, GIVE THE APPRAISER SOME SPACE

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