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Property Valuation (Comparative Market Analysis)

Fickling & Company Realtors of Middle Georgia.

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What is a Comparative Market Analysis?

When a homeowner approaches us with the intention of selling their property, we initially conduct a thorough on-site inspection to gather essential data. This process extends to assessing the state of the property, noting any enhancements made, measuring the overall space, and delving into additional details. Moreover, we incorporate a review of publicly accessible records from local government databases and Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data. Subsequently, we utilize all the collected details to draw comparisons with other properties in the area that have been sold recently. Upon completion of our analysis, we compile a detailed report (CMA), which we then present to you, the property seller, for your consideration.

Understanding Home Valuation:
Realtor CMA vs. Automated Tools like Zillow Zestimates

At Fickling & Company, we understand that knowing the value of your home is crucial for making an informed decision about selling. We often get questions about the difference between a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) conducted by our realtors and automated valuation tools like Zillow's Zestimates. Here's our perspective:

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) by a Realtor

  • Tailored Expertise: A CMA involves a personal visit and thorough analysis by one of our experienced realtors. We evaluate your home's unique features, condition, and improvements, ensuring a customized valuation that accurately represents its genuine value.
  • Local Market Insight: Our realtors bring invaluable knowledge of local market trends, recent sales of similar properties, and neighborhood-specific dynamics, ensuring a nuanced and accurate valuation.
  • Custom Comparisons: We handpick comparable properties that closely match your home in terms of size, style, and amenities, offering a realistic picture of where your property stands in the current market.
  • Professional Guidance: Beyond mere numbers, our realtors provide insights on enhancing your home's value, navigating market trends, and formulating effective selling strategies.

Automated Tools Like Zillow Zestimates

  • Quick Estimates: Automated tools offer immediate valuations, using algorithms to analyze market data. They're a convenient starting point for understanding broad market trends.
  • Data-Driven Approach: These tools rely on public records and historical data, offering a macro-level estimation of your property's value.
  • General Market Overview: They are useful for gaining a quick snapshot of property values across a wider area.
  • Limitations: Automated tools cannot fully capture the unique qualities and current condition of your home. Their estimates can sometimes miss the mark, especially in dynamic or unique markets.

Our Recommendation

While tools like Zillow Zestimates are helpful for a quick, general overview, they cannot replace the detailed, personalized analysis provided by a CMA. As real estate professionals, we recommend a CMA for homeowners seeking an accurate, comprehensive understanding of their property's value in the current market. For those considering selling, we invite you to reach out to us for a professional Comparative Market Analysis. Fickling & Company is committed to providing you with the detailed, personalized service you deserve.

What is the Cost of a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA)?

Providing a CMA is a complimentary service for all our sellers. We utilize this analysis as a strategic tool to optimize the asking price of your property, applying it consistently across all our listings. It's important to distinguish between a CMA and an appraisal. As real estate professionals, we are not certified appraisers, which means our assessments are essentially well-informed estimates rather than official appraisals. Our CMA is based on a visual examination of properties and the extensive data we gather, offering our perspective on the potential listing price. The free nature of our CMA contrasts with the fee-based services of professional appraisers.

The value of real estate is subject to change over time. Before deciding to put your home or land up for sale, it's essential to have a valuation estimate of your property. Our expertise lies in assisting you in establishing this vital piece of information prior to initiating the sales process. If you are contemplating the sale of your home or land, we are here to assist.


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