You may want to discuss the purpose of the evaluation before paying for an appraisal. It may be that an agent who knows your neighborhood can give you an opinion of value or a CMA that serves your needs at no cost to you.
Sotheby's International Realty, Inc.
Lots of good responses below, but just remember that if you get any appraisal done outside of your home financing application (I'm assuming financing will be used somewhere along this process), you may need to get a second appraisal once you have chosen a lender. The Home Valuation Code of Conduct (HVCC), a business regulation implemented in 2009, makes it darn near impossible to "transfer" an independent appraisal to a bank once you've eventually decided on your lender.
Just an FYI...
Please let me know if I can assist in any way.
I have sold several homes in the Echo Park area and one recently on Coronado Terrace. If you are looking for a value range for your home I'd be glad to let you know. Someone who really knows the area and market as an independent appraiser who I've worked with many times is Michael Weiss and his number is (323) 449-0449. He also recently did the appraiser for a buyer I was representing in Echo Park.
Keller Williams Realty, 01715002
I emailed you previously but thought you might be interested in my facebook group...Silverlake and Los Feliz events ( it also covers echo park area) if you would like to keep up with the neighborhood.
http://www.facebook.com/karennumme go to groups SilverlakeLosFelizevents
I'm Karen Numme with Keller Williams in Los Feliz and specialize in your area. Please call me at 323.804 2008. I can help you with an appraisor. You can check out my blog http://www.realestateangles.wordpress.com and my site at http://www.karennumme.com
Are you needing an appraisal for a loan modification or FSBO?
Looking forward to hearing from you.
I'd be happy to do a CMA for you. If you need an appraisar I would recommend Lipsey Appraisal Service at (310) 207-4150 . If you have any questions with regards to specifics in the Echo Park market, let me know. I have lived there for many years and also have sold a number of homes in Echo Park.
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills