If you are working with a real estate agent to list your property, they should provide you with a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) that lists selected sales in your area as one of the first steps in determining the Listing Price. This step is vital if you are going to maximize your profit and minimize the home's time on the market.
But even if you're working with the most experienced real estate agent, it's probably in your best interest to have an objective third-party's opinion of value prior to signing a Listing Agreement. We can provide you with a pre-listing appraisal so both you and your agent have an accurate description of your home's features and a detailed analysis of the most recent and similar comparable sales or as they're commonly called, "comps". In addition to helping you set a realistic selling price so your home will attract buyers, a professional appraisal can be a very valuable negotiating tool once you have a potential buyer.
Many people are surprised when they find out that the market value of their home is much more than they thought, so investing in a professional appraisal actually allowed these people to receive several thousand more dollars than they thought they would when their home was sold. Others have an inflated opinion of their home's value and an appraisal helped them to realistically price their home in order for it to sell. An overpriced home will not attract buyers, which means no offers and no closing and that you have wasted valuable time, money, and efforts.