You can hire more then one and compare the findings. An appraiser has no motive to over evaluate or under.
I applaud your desire for accuracy, some homeowners would rather be told their property is worth an exorbitant amount and then are disappointed later.
It looks like you are in Novato. As stated previously, why do you need the assessment? The answer will determine what service you should use. I am a Broker Associate with Coldwell Banker in Marin County. Feel free to contact me and I can help point you in the right direction. -Greg Corvi
I see that you live in Novato, An agent from a reputable company in your area could help you. Coldwell Banker, Bradley Real Estate, Pacific Union or Sothebys or Alain Pinel All are excellent brokerages with professional agents that could provide a market analysis of your home.
However, I notice that the question is coming from "Home Buying" which leads me to believe that you may be looking to buy a home instead. Again a good agent can help you with a purchase of a property however, the strategy of a home value can look very different as a buyer; especially if there are mulitple offers involved. To give you some idea, Currently there are 123 homes on the market in Novato; out of the 123, 62 of those homes have accepted offers. That is 50% putting Novato in a seller's market with homes going over the asking price. Something else to keep in mind with a property value as a buyer, your lender will have a professional appraiser come to assess the value of a home for loan approval. The appraiser is a neutral party who will do the analysis of the property to determine it's value for loan approval.
I hope this helps; Currently, I have a lot of buyers for Novato, I am very familiar with Novato's Market should you need some help. Feel free to call me or email me anytime. my cell: 415 260-3750 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you just wanting to know the property value or is there a particular reason that you need a value. In order to give you the proper advice, we would need a little more information. For some situations, you might need an appraisal. If you are just curious about the value or you are challenging your property tax assessment, an experienced real estate agent who knows the area can assist you with that.
Let us know if we can be of assistance in determining the value for you or referring you to an appraiser.
Mary Kay & Kathy
On the other hand, assessments are done by your city or county. The assessor is a public employee. If you think one is being dishonest with you, report him/her.
You want an honest appraisal? Pay a licensed appraiser for one. It'll cost about $400.
Realtors don't do assessments or appraisals. A Realtor will do a CMA at no charge.
Hope that helps.