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Home Appraisers Services and Fees

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Licensed Appraiser's Article

Author, Jay Westrick is Manager of the Residential Appraisal Department at O’Connor & Associates. He is a Texas State Certified real estate appraiser. (Lic. #Tx 1327601-R). You may contact the O’Connor & Associates Residential Appraisal Department at (713) 686-9955.

Description of Typical Services

There are basically two types of residential appraisals: (1) the full appraisal and (2) the limited scope appraisal. The full appraisal is typically required for residential mortgages. The limited scope appraisal or "drive-by" is used predominantly for home equity loans or home improvement loans. The difference between the two appraisals is that the full appraisal inspects the subject property and uses the cost, income and market approach to valuing the subject property. The drive-by assumes the county records are correct and proceeds with only the market approach to value. The major difference is the level of verification of data. A full appraisal is more accurate than a drive-by appraisal.

What does it take to be an Appraiser?

There are three classifications of appraisers:

  • The State Certified General Appraiser is certified to appraise commercial, industrial, multi-family and residential property
  • The State Certified Residential Appraiser is certified to appraise light commercial, multi-family and residential property
  • The Licensed Appraiser is licensed to appraise 1-4 unit multi-family and residential property

Qualifications to Perform Real Estate Appraisals in Texas

To perform appraisals for federally regulated transactions one must be licensed by the State of Texas. The qualifications vary for each license.

Typical Fees

A full appraisal typically costs $325.00. For a drive-by appraisal, appraisers typically charge $190.00.


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