I'm sorry to hear about you're needing to leave Chandler and I hope the issues that are taking you away don't cause you too much distress. Perhaps we'll be neighbors again in the future. As tar as appraisals go, no mistake on your part. As has been stated several times in response to your question, market changes could make even a 3 month old appraisal obsolete, and appraisers in fact, typically prefer to go no further back in comparable sales, than 90 days. Part of a Realtors job is to value the home based on current comps and when you list your home, it should be with confidence that the agent you list with has a good handle on the value of homes in your area and the price at which your home should sell. Certain circumstances make a "pre-appraisal" a good idea and include unique or unusual homes or homes in areas where there are few recent comparable sales.
Best of luck to you and your family,
The market is always changing, even if the property was appraised about 3months ago, the value today could be different. If you are curious about its value today, call or e-mail me and I will send you a free, no obligation, hassle free, computerized, objective home valuation.
Realty One Group
I can provide you with a comparative market analysis on your home, and also an overview of what rents are in your neighborhood. If you feel like you do not want to be a Landlord, selling the house and carrying the note is another option.
I work with Buyers in Chandler a lot, and there is a good demand for homes in this area.
Please call me or email and I may be able to offer you more specific advice.
Steffy Hristova, Realtor, MBA, SFR, CNE