Essential Information about the Appraisal Process

December 20, 2013 | | Comments 0

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Since the 2008 housing crisis, current 30 year mortgage rates are still below average according to Freddie Mac and as a result, many homeowners may save thousands of dollars per year when buying a new home. And while the housing upturn has left buyers hopeful, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) explained in an article recently, “NAHB has made it a priority to enact major reforms so that appraisals reflect accurate home values and do not needlessly kill home sales.”

Starkey Mortgage (WR Starkey Mortgage, LLP NMLSR# 2146) has a few helpful tips on what builders can do to assist appraisers with the appraisal process.

  1. Staging and Curb Appeal – First impressions matter in every industry, and new homes set the standard. Prepare for an appraiser with the same attention to detail that you would for prospective buyers: clean, clutter-free spaces and outstanding curb appeal.
  2. Share Information with the Appraiser – Builders should be eager to share all pertinent, objective information with the appraiser including plans and specifications for the property, details and warranties on chosen materials and any comparable, recent sales information. While builders cannot discuss the cost or value of a home, they can provide factual information and documentation.
  3. Be Available During Inspection – Have knowledgeable staff available to answer any appraisers’ questions or requests. However, it is important to remember that the appraisal process is an independent valuation of the property, and any discussion or influence of the value outcome of the report is strictly prohibited.
  4. Document your Communications – Keep detailed records of the communication you have with the appraiser, as well as the information you supply them.

Starkey Mortgage provides in-house processing and underwriting and prides itself on timely closings and competitive rates. Starkey exercises controlled growth and works closely with home buyers and new home builders to give them an assured experience.

For more information on financing your home or for additional tips on preparing for your appraisal, please contact North Carolina’s Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, Debra Watt (NMLSR #346277, NC License #I-149994) at or call 704-246-0132.

For more information on Starkey Mortgage’s Builder Services, East Region, please contact Amy Slack at, call 404.406.7841 or visit

Equal Housing Lender. WR Starkey Mortgage, LLP NMLSR# 2146, 10800 Sikes Place, Suite 110, Charlotte, NC 28277, Branch Phone: 704.849.2125, Branch NMLSR#93518, Branch License #L-112550-102, SC License #MLB-93518.

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About the Author: In everything we do, we believe people are the key. Our aim is to create loyalty and long-term relationships with our customers as well as our employees. At Starkey Mortgage (WR Starkey Mortgage, LLP NMLSR#2146), we pay attention to the needs of the people we serve and strive to take the uncertainty and stress out of the home financing process. We understand what our clients really want.

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