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What You Need to Know When Getting Your Personal Property Appraised

David S. Bunton | Posted 10.28.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

There are several important considerations to keep in mind when getting your personal property appraised. The below guidelines will help ensure that you fully understand the process and that you hire the most appropriate appraiser possible.

Comparable Sales and Your Home Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 09.17.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

In the vast majority of residential appraisal assignments, the number one tool an appraiser relies on when valuing a home is comparable sales (comps), which refer to recent sales of nearby homes that are similar, or comparable, to the home that's the subject of an appraisal.

When You Need a Home Appraisal.... and Might Not Expect It

David S. Bunton | Posted 06.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Most Americans associate a property appraisal with buying or selling a home. Yet there are a number of other instances outside a typical real estate transaction when consumers may wish to or are required to order a home appraisal, but may not realize it.

Preparing For Winter: Energy-Efficient Features And Your Home's Value

David S. Bunton | Posted 04.15.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

To cut down on the energy bill and to help the environment, many homeowners are investing in energy-efficient features. While these renovations may cost a little extra in the short-term, they will certainly make a dent in your monthly bills, and may even increase the value of your home.

Making the Most of Your Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 02.18.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

However, the fact remains that an appraisal is essential to the home-buying process, and may ultimately play a large role in determining the specifics of your mortgage. Even after purchasing a home, appraisals can be important tools if you are considering refinancing your home.

First-Time Home Buyer? Here's What You Should Know About Your Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 01.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

We find that first-time home buyers often misunderstand one of the key components of the home buying process: the appraisal. It is the single most important tool to ensure buyers pay a fair and equitable price for the property they purchase.

5 Common Mistakes Small Business Owners Make

David S. Bunton | Posted 11.24.2014 | Small Business
David S. Bunton

It's vital to understand how various choices will impact your business from a valuation standpoint so that you can make informed decisions that will put you on the path to future success.

The ABC's Of Personal Property Appraisal

David S. Bunton | Posted 10.11.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Understanding the steps that you can take before turning to a professional appraiser will save you time and money. More importantly, it will give you a sense of what goes into an appraisal and the objective criteria appraisers use to determine value.

Everything You Need To Know About Buying An Engagement Ring

David S. Bunton | Posted 08.04.2014 | Weddings
David S. Bunton

No matter how much you plan to spend, it is critical to buy a ring from a reliable source with an excellent reputation. Otherwise, you risk overpaying or getting a product with an undisclosed flaw, or a custom design that's not exactly what you had in mind.

Home Renovations And Your Appraisal: What You Need To Know

David S. Bunton | Posted 07.01.2014 | HuffPost Home
David S. Bunton

Now that spring is here, many homeowners are looking to begin their next home remodeling project. Whether you're redoing the patio or finally putting in that new pool, you should remember that the value added from renovations differs widely based on a number of factors.