Unfortunately, if you are refinancing or purchasing a home by obtaining a mortgage loan through a lender, your home appraisal fee will probably be $350-$500 depending on lender internal requirements as well as their choice of an Appraisal Management Company (AMC); since 21 July 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act created significant financial regulation over mortgage lenders and has also been more detrimental to the consumer in regards to more documentation and higher costs. The mortgage lending red tape has harmed good real estate appraisers trying to adhere to all of the numerous and onerous new regulations for appraisal opinion reporting. The government’s creation of more and more red tape for mortgage lenders has not been helpful but a direct detriment to consumers, home appraisers and the real estate industry as a whole.
Al Cheney is a Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser in the State of Alabama who offers special “non-financial” appraisal opinion reporting primarily within Baldwin County and Mobile County. Most residential appraisal fees will range from $225-$275 depending on location; more complex properties and or waterfront properties are quoted on a case-by-case basis. If you are a consumer/homeowner requiring an appraisal opinion report for estate settlement, property tax reduction and or any other reason not requiring a mortgage loan, call Al Cheney at 251-533-2424 today and discuss your real estate appraisal problem.