Frequently Asked Questions

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A real estate appraisal is an opinion of market value as of a given date, developed by a certified real estate appraiser.
Certified real estate appraisers in New York State must have a minimum of two years of experience. They must also have attended a minimum number of hours of professional appraisal courses, 1,500-2,500 hours of experience under a supervisor, and pass a state examination. Continuing education is also required.

After taking the State test and as a part of continuing education, the appraiser must remain current on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Being a licensed or certified appraiser represents the minimum requirements only. For appraisers who have exceeded the minimum standards and have gone further to educate themselves, look for the SRA designation conferred by the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Institute is the world’s leading real estate appraisal organization.

Members of the Appraisal Institute hold themselves to the highest ethical standards and have greater continuing education requirements. These individuals are among the very best in the appraisal profession.

We work throughout the New York Metro area, and we are considered the premier appraisal firm for real estate properties in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
For pre-listings, selling, buying, mortgage lending, establishing or modifying a trust, portfolio valuation, taxes and profit gains, probate and estates, divorces, and bankruptcy.
1. Explanation of the valuation: like math students, good appraisers show their work.
2. An overview of the local market trends. Are prices currently going up or down? If so, how quickly and by how much?
3. Summary of the home’s characteristics—its condition, views, floor location, size and any improvements by the owner.
4. Other considerations: Has anything else about the home or its neighborhood affected the valuation?
The onsite inspection takes 15-20 minutes on average. Most of the appraisal work is done at the office. On average, the completion of the report takes 3-5 business days. We also offer rush and super rush orders with turnaround times of as little as 24 hours for residential appraisals (please note that commercial appraisals take longer).
The fee structure for our residential appraisal services is based on the complexity of the property along with the amount of work and professional experience required to research and analyze relevant data to develop an accurate opinion of value. Depending on the complexity of your assignment, most appraisals are completed and delivered in 3-5 business days.
A) Determine appraisal usage & requirements
To begin our work we must understand the client’s intended use of the appraisal report. While the appraisal process is the same, certain situations require the appraiser to look at different data sets or consider information that may be pertinent to a specific use. Specific forms may also be required to relay information that is not found in standard appraisal forms. An example of this would be the analysis of rental comparables for an investment property.

B) Setting up your appointment
Once we have accepted your appraisal assignment and determined the requirements to complete and deliver the report, we will schedule an appraisal inspection. We try to accommodate all schedules as best as we can, as well as try to schedule you as soon as possible.

C) Appraisal Inspection
For the site visit an appraiser will physically “walk through” your home, starting from the exterior and then moving through the interior. We will measure the home to determine an accurate living area. In addition, we’ll take pictures that will document the condition, quality of the finishes, number of rooms, and views.

D) Report Writing and Delivery
After completing the appraisal inspection, the appraiser returns to the office, and this is where most of the work gets done. At this phase, we research the information relevant to the property, we gather data and perform an impartial and thorough analysis that we include in your final report. The process can take a few days depending on the appraiser’s work load and the complexity of your assignment. The final product is sent to you via email as a PDF document.

Yes, we can do an appraisal as of any date in the past. Why might you need an appraisal like that? The reasons are numerous. Examples include appraisals as of the date of death for estate purposes, or in the instance of a divorce, it could be the date that one spouse discontinued financial support for the mortgage payment. We can appraise a property as of the day before a fire or flood caused damage to a property. The reasons are as varied as our clients.
We appraise a full range of properties types including :

Single family homes
2-4 unit multi family
Hallway space
Rooftops and terraces

Commercial appraisals
Commercial Buildings
Fitness centers
Industrial properties
Mixed-Use properties
Multi- family apartment buildings
Office buildings
Professional and/or medical offices

Our firm has completed assignments for a wide array of clients, including attorneys, mortgage lending institutions, credit unions, CPAs, appraisal management companies, individuals, government agencies and real estate brokers.

Contact Argentus Appraisal for accurate and reliable appraisals.