My immediate reaction is to say, "We do that for all of our sellers!" But, what we do is based upon a proposal we presented for full service through and even after closing. We offer 3 mareketing plans that allow the seller to choose the extent of marekting and related fees. All of our marketing plans includes full service representation. So, with us, yes, we meet the appraiser and come with comps, etc. Some appraisers look at what we bring, others do not. Either way, we bring comps.
I cannot say your agent should be doing this for you or not. It depends upon the services and fees agreed upon.
Real estate agents do comparative market analysis (CMA) and present their findings to clients. A real estate agent helps clients understand the market by comparing the subject property (the one you are selling or perhaps interested in buying) to similar properties that have already sold, are currently on the market, or have contracts. A real estate agent will evaluate properties that went off the market without getting a contract, and recent trends in showings, inquiries, number of contracts, and overall market acitvity levels, etc. All of these factors are evaluated for the purpose of determining a market price strategy when offerng a property for sale or making an offer on an avaialble property. Market prices are determined by supply and demand. A Realtor looks all of the factors that indicate the recent and current facts to assist in purchase and sale decisions.
An appraiser uses closed sales for comparative purposes, and, under the right circumstances may employ other appraisal methods other than comparable properties. Most appraisals are done for financing reasons (refi or purchase), but these can also be done for other reasons.
What a Realtor is supposed to do depends upon what services they offer and what services you wish to hire. These are negotiable.
Determine what you want from a real estate agent. If you are not already in an agreement (buyer representation or listing agreement), meet and discuss your expectations with a few prospective agents and find the right match for you. You will find agents who will offer very limited services for lesser fees and full service agents who will do everything, explain everything, and be on-call 7 days a week from day one through closing and beyond. The choice is yours.
If you have already entered into a listing agreement, review the proposal you received for a review of the services and fees.
Best of luck!
This being said we as realtors can assist an appraiser by providing these comps.
Actually, I think it is indeed the listing agent's job to pull "comparable sales" together and leave them in the house, on the table, to make sure the appraiser sees them. I do this for my houses.
Why in the world would an agent not want to do work to help an appraiser gather data?
THe seller needs to have the home listed below what the last home sold for because we are in a buyers market and the market is still gooing down, unfortunately. The seller needs to have the home in great condition, updated as much as possible, and clean as a whistle. List price is CRITICAL in this challenging real estate market.
Normally, it is the Buyer's mortgage company that requires the appraisal. As the listing agent, I will normally coordinate getting the mortgage company's appraiser into the home, much like I would for a showing.
If you want an appraisal for yourself, often a listing agent will provide the names of appraisers that they have worked with in the past.
Hope that helps. Joe K.