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Licensed Appraiser's Article
Author, Jay Westrick is Manager of the Residential Appraisal Department at
OConnor & Associates. He is a Texas State Certified real estate appraiser. (Lic.
#Tx 1327601-R). You may contact the OConnor & Associates Residential Appraisal
Department at (713) 686-9955.
The real estate appraiser provides many functions in a real
estate transaction. The principal function is to be an impartial third party to the
transaction. While other professionals in this industry also assist the buyer and seller,
such as real estate agents and mortgage companies, only the appraiser is not paid
depending on the transaction. Real estate agents and mortgage brokers receive a commission
only if the real estate transaction takes place. As a result, the buyer or seller may feel
rushed or even pushed into a transaction. The appraiser provides an unbiased, independent
assessment of the subject property and is paid for his or her service whether or not the
The appraiser is the "eyes and ears" for his or her
client. The purpose of the appraisal report is to communicate to its reader the condition
of the property, the current market conditions and to determine an estimate of fair market
value of the subject property. Along with individual homeowners, a few examples of
businesses that frequently need the services of real estate appraisers are mortgage
companies and lenders.
Although real estate agents and mortgage companies perform
essential roles in a real estate transaction, appraisers are your safeguard to ensure that
you dont pay too much or receive too little for your home.
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