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?
|Allentown||Fountain Hill||Lynn Township||South Whitehall Township|
|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|
|Coplay||Lanark||Pleasant Corners||Washington Township|
|DeSales University||Laurys Station||Salisbury Township||Weisenberg Township|
|East Texas||Locust Valley||Schnecksville||Wescosville|
|Egypt||Lower Macungie Township||Shimerville||Whitehall Township|
|Emmaus||Lower Milford Township||Slatedale||Zionsville|
|Allen Township||Easton||Moore Township||South Bethlehem|
|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?
What licenses to practice do you possess?
- 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?
Are all appraisals the same?
What’s the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis or broker price opinion?
- 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.