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What Do Phoenix Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property’s Value In AZ?

June 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment

Most Phoenix area residents are surprised to learn what Arizona appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property, especially when it the property they are interested in. The first misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has measured and photograhed their physical property inspection. However, the […]

Understanding the Difference Between an Appraisal vs Neighborhood Listing Prices In Phoenix

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Why is there such a difference between what my appraised value is and the price similar homes are selling for on my street? It’s a great question, and you don’t have to be a mortgage professional or a real estate agent to understand the answer. The distinction lies in the purpose of the two valuations […]

Five Myths About Home Values

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

During periods of economic growth, when home values are typically just going up, most homeowners do not question appraisals much. And in times of turmoil when property values are declining, home sellers and even listing agents quite often question and pick apart appraisals. However, the actual appraisal process changed very little over the course of the […]

Why Do I Need Mortgage Insurance?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

Mortgage Insurance, sometimes referred to as Private Mortgage Insurance, is required by lenders on conventional home loans if the borrower is financing more than 80% Loan-To-Value. According to Wikipedia: Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) is insurance payable to a lender or trustee for a pool of securities that may be required when taking out a mortgage […]

What’s The Difference Between A Single Family, Second Home and Investment Property?

March 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment

When applying for a mortgage, a borrower’s “Occupancy Type” is a major factor in the amount of down payment required, loan program available and mortgage interest rate. Whether you are purchasing, doing a rate/term refinance or taking equity out of your property through a cash out refinance, occupancy type is always considered by the underwriter. […]