NO. Only licensed appraisers may do an appraisal.
Pennsylvania, a real estate agent must also obtain an appraiser's
license in order to handle appraisals as well. Many real estate
appraisers also have their real estate salesperson's license, but not
many salespeople have an appraiser's license?
WHY? Because it is much harder now to get your appraisal license
than a salesperson's license.
In Pennsylvania, real estate agents and brokers also may not perform
BPOs (Brokers Price Opinions) because the state considers a BPO to be a
form of an appraisal. So if an agent performs a BPO in the state of Pennsylvania, he or she is breaking the law.
Real estate salespeople and brokers can provide you with a
comparative market analysis, which is an informal estimate of market
value, based on comparable sales in the neighborhood. The salesperson or
broker will give you a CMA normally in the process of listing your
home, to determine the most likely price you will get on the market.
Although most brokers and agents are honest, some might tell you
what they think you want to hear in order to "get the listing" and
therefore earn a commission or fee from you.
A licensed appraiser is independent and has no ulterior motive or reason
to make the appraisal come out high or low. It is an objective opinion
of value. Their goal is to deliver a fair and accurate report of value.
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