First impressions are everything in real estate -- a fact Paul Isolda, an appraiser with 22 years of experience, knows all too well. Isolda has seen every home staging disaster under the sun, from tacky cabinetry to dingy flooring. One discerning glance from him could mean a final appraisal worth thousands less-or more-than the price you put on your property. That's why AOL Real Estate's What Works Now enlisted his help to share all the dos-and countless don'ts-that go into a successful home sale.
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In today's tight market, it's essential for sellers to take their appraisal seriously. Be sure to ask your appraiser if they're familiar with the neighborhood, Isolda says, because their geographic competence could make a big difference on your bottom line. If you feel uncomfortable with their response, he says, be prepared to call the lender and share your concerns.
Remember, Isolda says, the appraisal can make or break your sale, and in this difficult seller's market, it's crucial to know when to spend and how.
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