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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Where are you located?

Our office is located at 1225 N Cedar Crest Blvd in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

What is your service area?
We provide full residential appraisal services within Lehigh and Northampton Counties of Pennsylvania.  See our charts below of the neighborhoods we serve in each county:
Alburtis Fogelsville Lowhill Township Slatington
Allentown Fountain Hill Lynn Township South Whitehall Township
Ancient Oaks Fullerton Lynnport Stiles
Bethlehem Germansville Macungie Summit Lawn
Breinigsville Guthsville Mechanicsville Trexlertown
Catasauqua Hanover Township Meyersville Upper Macungie Township
Cementon Heidelberg Township Neffs Upper Milford Township
Center Valley Hokendauqua New Tripoli Upper Saucon Township
Cetronia Ironton North Whitehall Township Vera Cruz
Coopersburg Kuhnsville Orefield Walbert
Coplay Lanark Pleasant Corners Washington Township
DeSales University Laurys Station Salisbury Township Weisenberg Township
Dorneyville Limeport Scherersville Wescosville
East Texas Locust Valley Schnecksville Wescosville
Egypt Lower Macungie Township Shimerville Whitehall Township
Emmaus Lower Milford Township Slatedale Zionsville
Ackermanville Eastlawn Gardens Middletown Roseto
Allen Township Easton Moore Township South Bethlehem
Bangor Forks Township Nazareth Stockertown
Bath Freemansburg North Catasauqua Tatamy
Belfast Glendon Northampton Upper Mount Bethel Township
Bethlehem Hanover Township Old Orchard Upper Nazareth Township
Bethlehem Township Hellertown Palmer Heights Walnutport
Bushkill Township Lehigh Township Palmer Township Washington Township
Chapman Lower Mount Bethel Township Pen Argyl West Easton
Cherryville Lower Nazareth Township Plainfield Township Williams Township
East Allen Township Lower Saucon Township Portland Wilson
East Bangor Martins Creek Raubsville Wind Gap
What services do you provide?
We offer a wide variety of real estate services, including listing and selling, but our core services deal with the valuation services. We provide residential real estate solutions in the form of appraisals, appraisal review and consulting.  Click here to learn more about our services.
What licenses to practice do you possess?
The following licenses to practice issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of State Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs are currently held by Robert G. Premecz and can be verified by performing a search on the Pennsylvania Online License Verification Service Website:

    • Real Estate Broker (Sole Proprietor) – Standard – RB040970L
    • Certified Residential Appraiser – RL000047L

In addition, the Appraisal Subcommittee also posts a verification of my license.

How much does an appraisal cost?
The specialized professional services we provide require individual fee quotation. Hiring an expert may seem expensive, but you owe it yourself to request a competitive fee quote from us today. Your decision will be handsomely rewarded by the results you receive. Request your free quote today!
Are all appraisals the same?
No. Each appraiser possesses a different skill set and work ethic. Likewise, each client requires a different Scope of Work. As in all service professions, businesses must balance speed, profit and quality, often summarized as: fast, cheap and good. Concentrate on one aspect, and the others can suffer. For example, a fast, cheap appraisal can be accommodated with a reduced scope of work, but the client must be aware that quality can suffer. This scenario may not be the best choice for litigation work, but it may be good enough to provide advice on a listing decision. In addition, the experience and education of the appraiser will weigh heavily when working with unusual or serious situations.
What’s the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis or broker price opinion?
An appraisal is a certified appraiser’s unbiased opinion of the value of your home at a given point in time. In order to form a credible valuation of your home, the appraisal takes into consideration such things as:

    • Your home’s square footage
    • Construction quality
    • Home design
    • Your home’s floor plan
    • Features located within your neighborhood
    • Availability of shopping, schools, and transportation
    • Lot size, topography, view and landscaping

In contrast, a comparative market analysis (CMA) or broker price opinion (BPO) is more of an informal estimate of your home’s market value. A real estate agent or broker makes an analysis based primarily on other properties in the neighborhood, often advocated to solicit a listing or consummate a sale. Compared to home appraisals, which typically cost between $300 and $600, PA law prohibits any fee for a comparative market analysis or BPO since a value or price opinion for a fee is defined as an appraisal.

Additionally, the PA State Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers requires certified appraisers to obtain at least an associates degree, 200+ hours of appraisal education including 15 hours USPAP, 2,500+ hours of appraisal experience over 24 months, a 6+ hour test, and 28 hours of continuing education every 2 years.  The State Real Estate Commission requires no mandatory appraisal or valuation courses for salespersons, a 3-hour test, no high school diploma, no experience, and only 60 hours of RE instruction.