how-appraisers-choose-comps

Appraisers have to be really methodical about how they pick comparable properties, or comps, when they are doing home appraisals. There are extensive guidelines from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the FHA about what constitutes an appropriate comp for a home appraisal. Here’s a peek into how appraisers pick comps and how they affect a…

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Appraisal

You may wonder why a home’s sales price and appraisal value sometimes don’t match up. Whether you’re buying a home or selling a home, it’s important to know how they can differ, especially in today’s hot housing market. Home Sales Price The housing market is, of course, influenced by the fluctuations of supply and demand.…

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How COVID-19 Changed the Housing Industry Forever

COVID-19 changed the housing industry in so many ways, from how buyers view potential homes to how loans close. While we all know the world will go back to “normal” at some point, some of these changes are going to be with us forever. The pandemic has required all of us to use technology to…

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2021 Housing Market

Everyone’s excited that 2021 is finally here, and we can’t blame them! We’re excited for the new year, too. Even though 2020 was a bummer for so many reasons, the housing market was not one of them. In fact, it was a bright spot in the economy, and no one expects that to change this…

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Appraisal Technology

One thing we’ve been talking about a lot this year is the fact that homeowners to lenders to buyers want to get a mortgage more quickly. It seems reasonable, too, given all of the advances in technology within the housing industry recently to utilize appraisal technology—especially during 2020. The Pandemic Has Changed Appraisals The housing…

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Home Appraisal Myths

No matter how many times you’ve been through the process, the prospect of a home appraisal can seem a little daunting. With the cobweb of people involved, it’s understandable that your clients may feel a little bit confused. So, to help everyone through the process, we’ve compiled a list of the top seven home appraisal…

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Buying a Distressed Property

If your clients are wondering what a distressed property is and what that means, here’s what they need to know about how it can help them buy a home when there aren’t many options. The housing market around the country is hot, and there isn’t enough inventory to go around. Enter: distressed properties. What does…

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Home Appraisal Reconsideration of Value

The real estate market has been moving at a breathtaking pace this year, and we’ve been seeing more home appraisal Reconsideration of Value (ROV) requests. That’s not unique to Kairos; many AMCs are seeing a substantial uptick in ROV requests. This is due to several interesting factors that are happening the market right now. While…

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An Update on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

One of the hottest topics in the housing market right now is Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The topic of conversation is whether or not they’ll come out of government conservatorship in the near future. It’s something we’ve been hearing plans about for a while, but nothing is set in stone yet. Their coming out…

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Reasons your appraisal came in low

It’s a frustrating thing to buy or sell a home and find out that it’s not worth what you thought it would be. The real estate industry is no stranger to low appraisals, especially in today’s market, and there are plenty of reasons why they happen. From improvements not being worth what you expected to…

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