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We intend to provide educational content for those interested in learning more about the residential property appraisal process in Washington State. Sign up for our newsletter if you’d like to stay in touch.
At North Sound Valuation, we are proud to provide expert residential property appraisals north of Seattle. We serve Snohomish, Island, Skagit and North King counties and have extensive experience evaluating all types of residential properties – from humble manufactured homes to multimillion dollar estates and condominiums. Our appraisers utilize state-of-the-art technology and processes to deliver accurate valuations on time.
North Sound Valuation is experienced, Wa state certified, and a designated member of the National Association of Appraisers.
Our objective is to provide accurate, timely, and professional appraisal services while delivering a complete understanding of the value of your property. We are committed to providing high-quality appraisals and ensuring that the process is simple for you.
An appraisal is an estimate of the value of a property. Appraisals are beneficial for various purposes, but the most common is for financial transactions such as buying or selling a property.
Appraisals can also be useful if you’re trying to determine how much to pay for repairs on your property, buy homeowners insurance, or are going through a divorce or the probate process.
Appraisals describe the value of real estate, personal property, intangible assets, and other items. This may be useful for a variety of reasons:
- To determine the value of a home for estate purposes (such as probate or divorce).
- To identify the property’s fair market value in order to assist financial planning efforts.
The Appraisal Process
At North Sound Valuation, we can quickly process your appraisal in approximately two days. When you call the office, we’ll set up an appointment for your appraisal. We take about 40 minutes to visit the property to gather the necessary data. We only ask that the homeowner do a few things that can make this process go easy and quickly.
- Leave key for entry.
- Manage dogs, animals or any messes provided by pets.
- Please keep the house well lit and orderly.
With these items taken care of, it can meet your deadline while we communicate with you throughout the entire process.
Every home has unique features and characteristics that help determine its sale price. We will compare your home to similar, recently sold houses in the area. We’ll take notes as we walk through every square foot of your house and every room in it—including closets and bathrooms—checking for things like pet stains on carpeting or damage from water leaks above the ceiling. We also consider remodeling, upgrades, or additions you’ve used to increase the home’s value. We’ll use this data to determine how much money is needed to make repairs before selling your home for top dollar on the open market.
North Sound Valuation is the highest rated service for appraisal solutions in the Northwestern Washington area.
- Full Appraisals
- Witness Testimony
Areas of Competency
- Single Family Residential
- Multifamily Properties (2-4 units)
- Residential land appraisals
- Expert Witness
- Estate & Trusts
The North Sound Valuation Process
Our appraisal process is easy, straightforward and organized.
- Share my experience; what is my story and education? – completed courses at AI (gold standard), 100s hours of CE in appraisals, seminars, and expert witness testimony
- Share client references / testimonials
- Provide you with a service quote – physical complexities of properties, waterfront, are there additional parties I need to meet? ($800)
- Decision made in 1-3 days – share timeline with customer
- Schedule the appraisal – with office staff
- Research subject properties, research comparables
- Go onsite (40min)
- Return appraisal within 2 business days
Professional. Accurate. Timely.
If you are a real estate or estate law firm looking for reliable, precise, and objective property appraisal solutions and need to help clients through a difficult time, you can trust North Sound Valuation to ensure the job gets done! When you use our services, you will achieve success in your goals.
From residential and commercial appraisals to land use and tax appraisals, North Sound Valuation will help you achieve success in your goals. Feel proud because you are now delivering what you have promised to your client. Save time. Save money. Reduce the work load on your team, which lowers costs. Prove to your clients that you are prepared and on top of their investment.
North Sound Valuation makes the difference when you need to meet deadlines, get solutions, and maintain communication.
We are friendly, personable, efficient, reliable, and easy to talk to. We keep our commitments; so will you! Our communication focuses on the language that a layman easily understands, low jargon for clarity, and ease of understanding.
We want to make the appraisal process as transparent and easy as possible. We are upfront about the details and answer all your questions. We meet deadlines, return phone calls, and maintain communication.
In future blogs, we’ll share the ins and outs of appraisal values, tips to simplify the process, compare sale prices vs. values, and other helpful information to help you comprehend real estate appraisals in the Pacific Northwest.