The only legitimate way to influence an appraisal is to do your homework ahead of time. Find similar nearby homes that have sold recently. Talk to your neighbors or go to public records to verify sales prices. When the appraiser comes to inspect your house, have the information on comparable sales ready to give him or her. If the other sales are truly similar, they must be considered in making an appraised value. *** Send a Letter to the Editor for publication.Send a comment or news tip to our newsroom. Please include the headline of the story....
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