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July 20th, 2023 3:58 PM
We often receive questions as to what is considered a bedroom.  A bedroom has to be a minimum of 70 sq. ft. with the smallest single measurement of 7 feet. A bedroom requires two forms of egress, a window and a door. A closet is not a requirment for a room to be considered a bedroom. If a room does not have a closet but is considered a bedroom, there maybe functional obsolesce present. Rooms in basements maybe legal bedrooms provided there is an egress window as required by the local building code.

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May 10th, 2023 1:47 AM
Real estate appraisal is a critical part of the homebuying process. It involves evaluating a property and its features in order to determine an estimated market value. One of the key components of a real estate appraisal is the use of comparable sales, also known as comps.

Comparable sales are special markers used to evaluate the current market value of a home. They are used to gauge its worth based on recent sales of similar homes in the area. Comparable sales can include homes that have sold in the past year, with similar features to the one in question. These features may include but are not limited to: square footage, number of bedrooms, home age, construction materials, neighborhood, and nearby amenities.

By comparing the sale prices of these similar homes, an appraiser can get a better idea of what the current home may be worth. Generally speaking, the more comparable sales there are in the area, the more accurate the estimated value will be.

It’s important to note that no two homes are the same and appraisers often adjust the estimated value based on any unique features or upgrades made to the home in question. As such, appraisals are best left to licensed professionals who understand the nuances of this field.

If you’re considering buying or selling a home, thoroughly researching comparable sales in your area is key to getting an accurate appraised value. Doing so will help you make informed decisions when it comes to your property investments.

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April 15th, 2023 1:46 AM
Functional obsolescence is a term used in real estate appraisal to describe a situation where a property's amenities or design detract from its overall value in the market. In other words, functional obsolescence occurs when the property's features are outdated or no longer considered useful to a potential buyer.

For example, a small bathroom in a house may not be attractive to potential buyers, as they may prefer larger bathrooms that are seen as more modern and desirable. Another example of functional obsolescence may be a house with 1960's wallpaper and paneling, as these styles may not be considered "in-style" anymore.

Functional obsolescence is important to consider when appraising real estate, as it can significantly reduce the value of the property. Appraisers typically calculate the loss in property value due to functional obsolescence through a process called the 'depreciation rate'. This rate accounts for the expected life of all features in the property and how much value those features have lost over time. The sum of all the depreciation rates will give an overall estimate of how much functional obsolescence has affected the value of the property.

It’s important for property owners to keep up with trends in order to maintain the value of their property. Doing small updates, such as replacing old countertops or flooring, can make the property more attractive to potential buyers and can help increase the value of the property.

Keep in mind that functional obsolescence is just one factor that appraisers consider when estimating a property's worth. Other factors include location of the property and size of the lot, as well as condition of the property. Overall, appraisers strive to provide an accurate market value estimate of a property based on all factors, including functional obsolescence.

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April 4th, 2023 8:44 PM
A real estate appraisal is a professional opinion of a property's market value, and one of the key components to this process is finding comparable sales in the area. Comparable sales, or ‘comps’, are used to compare the features of the appraised property to recent sales of comparable properties nearby in order to determine its value.

The primary task for any appraiser is to find comps that closely mirror the characteristics of the property that is being appraised. This typically includes any similarities in size, condition, design and location.

When finding comps, it is important to find sales that have been completed relatively recently and in the same market area. If the comps are too old or are from a different market, they may not accurately reflect today’s market values and could lead to an incorrect appraisal.

When selecting comps, it is also important to consider certain features of the property that may have an effect on its market value such as views, condition, design elements, etc. It is vital to note any differences between the comps and the appraised property so that these can be taken into consideration when coming up with an estimate.

Finally, it is important to select at least three comps in order to ensure that you have a full and representative understanding of the market.

Choosing comparable sales is an essential part of the appraisal process and is something that any real estate appraiser must take seriously in order to produce ? credible results.


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March 30th, 2023 1:05 AM
The professional appraisal process consists of estimating the market value of property based on its condition, age, location, design, and amenities. A bedroom is a crucial factor that affects property valuations and may even be a deciding factor in determining whether a piece of property is worth buying.

In order to be recognized as a bedroom, a room must conform to certain criteria. Generally, the room should have a finished floor and ceiling, at least one window and closet, and a minimum room size of 70 square feet.

In some cases, attics, basement rooms, finished garages and converted living spaces, may also be classified as bedrooms. In these cases, the room must be finished with permanent ceiling and floor, have a window for egress, be adequately heated and cooled and measure at least 70 square feet.

In conclusion, when appraising property it is important to take into account whether the current layout meets the requirements for the number of bedrooms. In order to maximize a property's value, it may be necessary to make improvements to any existing bedrooms in order to meet the minimum market preferences.

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December 6th, 2022 2:03 PM
The following Connecticut towns / cities had revaluation in 2022: Ansonia, Berlin, Bristol, Cromwell, East Haddam, East Windsor, Farmington, Glastonbury, Goshen, Granby, Guilford, Middletown, Morris, New Britian, Plainfield, Preston, Simsbury, Southbury, South Windsor, Sterling, Waterbury and Winchester. If you own a single-family house, condominium or 2–4-unit house in one of these towns, check your mail for a notice from the town / city informing you of your homes new value for taxation purposes. Values have gone up significantly over the past few years.  You may be shocked at the percentage increase proposed by your town or city. If you feel the municipality has overvalued your property, give us a call (860)678-8704 to get information on the tax appeal process. It is important that you act quickly as there are strict dates imposed by the towns / cites in the appeal process. 

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October 21st, 2022 3:55 PM
Low inventory of all types of housing continues throughout our market. Currently there is 2.2 months of inventory on the MLS.  Normal inventory would be four to six months. The median days on the market is 18 days. In February 2021 it was 45 days. 

Locally Farmington has 1.5 months of inventory. In February 2019 there were 5.5 months of inventory. There are 6 active condominium listings and 24 single family listings from $305,000 to $3,350,000. 

The national news paints a grim picture for real estate but until sellers outnumber buyers creating an oversupply, values should hold steady.



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March 7th, 2021 11:47 AM
Pre-listing appraisals are used by property owners to help determine a completive list price. The property owner can use the appraisal whether they are going to do a "for sale by owner" or use  a real estate agent. The appraisal process allows for an unbias opinion of value by a valuation expert. Given the challenging market conditions with limited inventory in most markets, determining market value requires expert analysis. 

Give us a call to help determine your properties market value before listing it for sale. 

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May 5th, 2019 2:08 PM
We have received a number of request recently to provide appraisals for sales between family members. Getting a professional appraisal is the right way and the fair way to value the real estate for all parties involved.  The seller is getting the maximum value for their asset and the buyer is not over paying. Other family members not involved in the transaction should have no recourse for some other family member getting  "a good deal". There are also IRS tax implications for proving the value of the asset so it is not assumed to be a gift but a market transaction between family members. If you find yourself involved in buying or selling real estate between family members or friends, consider getting an appraisal.      

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March 10th, 2019 11:51 AM
This past week I appraised a home that was built in 1986 and was located in Windham County. As soon as I looked at the foundation walls in the unfinished basement I knew there was a problem. The concrete foundation walls had staining and spider web cracking consistent with defective concrete. I really started to feel bad for the home owner, who has no idea that there is a problem, as he just bought the home in 2018. My question is what did the other appraiser, the home inspector and the realtors do last year to protect this poor guy? 

For anyone buying a home in Hartford, Windham, Tolland, Middlesex and New London Counties that was built between 1983 and 2016, I strongly urge you to do your do diligence and get a core sample of the foundation to assure the concrete is sound.



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