I am looking to refinance my home in Angeleno Heights, but cannot figure out the value. Can you recommend a home appraiser?

Asked by Karen Foster, Los Angeles, CA Tue Apr 24, 2012

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SERGEY FEDNOV…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
I'm not an appraisal , however i can look up home value for you. I can show you all recent compatable sales in the areas to help you determine you present home value for FREE.

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Judith Gotte…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Wed Apr 25, 2012
Hi Karen,

Save your time and money. Any appraisal you obtain on your own will be of no value to your lender doing the refinance. Start your refinance process by contacting a lender of your choice.

Feel free to shop around but be sure to go beyond asking for the rate and points! Ask about the other fees because they do add up. Don't be afraid to negotiate.

Good luck,
Judith Gottesfeld
Gibson International
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Mahealani Do…, , Los Angeles, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hi Karen,
I know a great appraiser who's been in the Silverlake, Los Feliz area for ages. His name is George Pao and his email is gpao@sbcglobal.net Please tell him Mahealani at Sotheby's referred him to you.

Best of luck to you!
And if there's anything else I can help with, I'm available and happy to help

Mahealani Dominguez
Sotheby's International Realty
Los Feliz Office
DRE# 1710614
562.544.0341 cell
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Gregorio Den…, , San Diego, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Don't waste your money on an appraisal, one will be ordered by the lender and if you pay for one on your own it cannot be used.

Any good California loan officer will more than likely be a licensed RE agent as well and can advise you regarding value prior to your refinance. Pick a NMLS and DRE licensed LO and that will be your best bet.

Let me know if you need assistance.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hi, Your lender will schedule an appraiser, it is a requirement in order to refinance.

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Shannon Chang, Agent, Arcadia, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Since, you are going to refinance your home; Your lender will arrange appraiser for you. There has an appraiser fee. If you like have a second opinion I can do comps for you and it is for free.

Shannon Chang
Lic # 01759646
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Kim & Kristi…, Agent, Santa Monica, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hi Karen,
If you have a Realtor that you trust, contact him or her for their opinion of your homes value. Usually, online sites are not an accurate depiction of the true value of your home. An appraiser looks at was has sold within the last 6 months. If you do a refinance, the appraisal is typically part of the process. Make sure you don't pay for an appraisal twice.
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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hello Karen,

Before hiring an appraiser, please consider inviting a few agents to give you their CMAs (comparative market analysis).

In fact, appraisers deal with comparable sales (unless liquidation value appraisal is ordered), which could lead to underpricing your home, if the values are rising in your area. An experienced agent will look at expireds, pending, back up and active listings in their analysis, helping you price your property the right way.

If you hire several appraisers - you would get several different values on the same property.
Appraising is more art than science. In many cases, if the buyer's lender pays for the appraisal - you'll get a lower value (appraisers can loose a vendor, if they are not conservative). If the homeowner orders the appraisal, however, the price will be much higher, and, sometimes,
overly optimistic.

When pricing a property, it's also important to know what type of buyer buys in your area.

If it is a cash buyer, and the property is located in desirable area - you don't need an appraisal. The buyer may even overpay, if they really like your property.

If the buyer needs to go through FHA program, the bank's appraiser will for sure appraise lower than the value you'd get appraising yourself, as homeowner.

I guess what I'm saying is: you can save money and still price your property well, by enlisting experienced realtors - and asking questions on how these realtors arrived at their price opinions.

One more thing - visiting other competing properties on the market is very good - you'll know what you are up against.

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Diane McDona…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hi Karen,

If you would like a complimentary market analysis, I'll be glad to stop by and provide you with that.
I specialize in older homes in the neighborhood.

Diane McDonald
20 Years of Sales and Service
Prudential California Realty, Los Feliz
DRE# 01019403
(323) 236-4369
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Monique and…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
Hello Karen,

An appraiser would be ordered by the lender doing your refi. If you want me to send you comps I am also happy to so you can get a ballpark.


Monique Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
(323) 899-2900
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Jayne Clement, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Tue Apr 24, 2012
I work with a great lender out of my office in Los Feliz...her name is Jinee Hann, with Prospect Mortgage. Give her a quick call and she will be able to set you up, and arrange for an appraiser as well.
Jinhee.Hann@ProspectMtg.com. 213-300-0618

If you just want an appraiser referral, here you go;
Shawna@LeftCoastAppraisers.com; 323-627-0549

Good luck!

Jayne Clement
Keller Williams Realty
Cell) 213/309-5005
DRE# 01877738
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