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APPRAISALS

We provide appraisal and real estate services to brokers, buyers and lenders throughout the greater Triangle region. Our team of licensed appraisers has over four decades worth of experience appraising properties in the Triangle market.

Our residential real estate appraisers:

  • Are state certified by the NC Appraisal Board
  • Are in good standing with NC Appraisal Board
  • Complete continued education annually as required
  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited community college, college or university

We offer the following appraisal products:

  • Conventional
  • Proposed construction
  • Vacant land
  • FHA
  • Investor/income property
  • As improved
  • Estate purposes

*We do not do equitable distribution appraisals

Our appraisers have experience in the following counties:

  • Chatham
  • Durham
  • Franklin
  • Granville
  • Harnett
  • Johnston
  • Orange
  • Wake

*In order to provide the fastest turnaround times for our clients, we schedule all appointments based on geographic proximity. This helps us avoid trip charges. However, we retain the right to charge a fee if a special trip is required in order to meet specific due dates or reach an extreme location.

Appraisal fees

The fee for an appraisal is based on the location of the subject property, the complexity of the report and the turnaround time required. Please contact our office for an exact quote for your request.

Payment is expected upon inspection of the property and prior to completion and delivery of the appraisal to you. Appraisal reports will not be delivered until payment arrangements have been made. We accept American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal. Checks may be accepted with prior approval from the office

What our clients are saying about us

I use Tim for FHA and conventional appraisals because of his superb attention to detail. In addition to quality, he consistently provides a quick turnaround time and excellent customer service.

-Andy Borter, Primary Residential Mortgage, Inc.

Tim is one of the most respected appraisers in the Triangle. His knowledge and ability to research huge data bases and formulate accurate information, as well as his on time delivery and keen attention to detail separates him from an average appraiser. When you are looking for an expert in appraising residential real estate in the Triangle area, call Tim McNamara

– Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team Realtors

To order an appraisal click here.

Measurements

It is common knowledge that the most important factors when making a home-buying decision are“location”, “location” and “location.” What is not so common is that other than location, the single most important factor in buying a home is the size or square footage of a home – the accurate square footage to be precise.

Our team measures properties for real estate agents and brokers throughout the greater Triangle region. The measurements and floor plan sketches we produce give agents confidence to know they are listing the square footage accurately, and negotiating in good faith based on that information.

Let the McNamara team measure your next listing while you focus on what you do best – selling!

Measurement services

Measurement with room dimensions – starting at $75
This sketch will provide you with the accurate square footage of the property, along with the base dimensions of the major rooms. It does not reflect interior walls, doors, closets or bathrooms. It is best used when you only need to confirm the square footage, or for properties with a small number of rooms and not much interior detail.
Measurement with room dimensions and a floor plan sketch – starting at $100
This sketch provides you with the accurate square footage of the property, along with the base dimensions for the major rooms. It also includes interior walls, doors, closets and bathrooms. It will show major landscape features such as decks, screened in porches, gazebos, patios and pools. It is best used in addition to confirming the square footage, or if you are looking for a marketing tool that will allow potential buyers to see and visualize the layout of the interior of the home.

Click here to see a larger sample of a measurement

Click here to see a larger sample of a floor plan

We offer our measurement services in the following counties:

  • Chatham
  • Durham
  • Franklin
  • Granville
  • Harnett
  • Johnston
  • Orange
  • Wake

*In order to provide the fastest turnaround times for our clients, we schedule all appointments based on geographic proximity. This helps us avoid trip charges. However, we retain the right to charge a fee if a special trip is required in order to meet specific due dates or reach an extreme location. Trip charge starts at $25.

Measurement pricing – new prices for larger homes effective 6/6/2016

Property size Measurement and room dimensions only With a floor plan
Up to 3500 square feet $75.00 $100.00
Up to 4500 square feet $100.00 $150.00
Up to 5500 square feet $125.00 $200.00
Up to 6500 square feet $175.00 $275.00
Up to 7500 square feet $225.00 $350.00
Over 7500 square feet Quote Quote

*The fees listed above are base prices and may change based on the complexity of the measurement and the location of the property.

Payment options

Payment is expected upon completion of the measurements and prior to delivery of the sketch to you. Measurements will not be delivered until payment arrangements have been made. Our preferred method of payment is credit card. We accept American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal. Checks may be accepted with prior approval from the office.

What our clients are saying about us

“McNamara & Co. assists me with accurate measurements and precise floor plans that not only make my job easier, but ensure my clients that they are getting accurate information.”

– Ida Terbet, Coldwell Banker, HPW

I’ve worked with many appraisers, and in my experience, Tim McNamara and his team are the most accurate and reliable… If you are a real estate agent, you need an appraiser on your team. McNamara & Company is the best choice.”

– Mike Regan, Hunter Rowe Real Estate

Thanks David,

“I appreciate your assistance and your caring and concern so much. Great company, people to work with.”

Marion F. Gatling, REALTOR/Broker, ESC -Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston

Hi Tim,
Just a quick note to say thanks again for taking my call yesterday and your on-the-spot help! It is GREATLY appreciated. It felt good to be able to help out this new agent in our office with a tricky property. And when I couldn’t fully answer her questions, I knew exactly who to call! I know how busy you are and I appreciate your time.

Kim Solomon-Keller Williams Realty

To order a measurement click here.

Photography

In the age of social media and World Wide Web presence, photographs are the primary means for potential home buyers to become interested in purchasing a home.  Anybody can take photographs, but it takes a professional photographer to take photos that will pop, wow and amaze your clients- regardless of the method or device used to view the photos.

Our team of professionally trained photographers uses the latest in equipment and technology to photograph your listings. We do not use our smart phones!

We offer our photography services in the following counties:

  • Chatham
  • Durham
  • Franklin
  • Granville
  • Harnett
  • Johnston
  • Orange
  • Wake

*We may consider other areas based on location and our availability. Please inquire with the office about properties in counties other than those listed above.  

Photography pricing

Package Base Price Description
MLS Express $85.00 Includes front/back exterior photos, kitchen, dining room, living room, family room, master bedroom and master bathroom
Up to 3500 sf $150.00 Includes up to 25 professional photographs of the interior and exterior, a virtual tour, the ability to brand your virtual tour, access to the individual photographs and professional image editing.
3501 – 4400 sf
4501 – 5500 sf
5501 – 6500 sf
6501 – 7500
Over 7500 sf
$175.00
$250.00
$300.00
$350.00
Quote
Includes additional wide angle images as needed of the interior and exterior, a virtual tour, the ability to brand your virtual tour, access to the individual photographs and professional image editing.
Additional Services
YouTube video $25.00 Video in You Tube ready format
Aerial photography Coming Soon Coming Soon
Night time photography Quote Add twilight or night time scenes to your tour. 6-8 photo
Neighborhood amenities $40.00 Photos of clubhouse, pool, neighborhood sign and recreational areas
Architectural photography Quote

*Don’t see what you need? We can customize a package to fit your listing needs

Payment options

Payment is expected upon completion of the photo shoot and prior to delivery of the photographs to you. Photographs will not be delivered until payment arrangements have been made. Our preferred method of payment is credit card. We accept American Express, Discover, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal. Checks may be accepted with prior approval from the office.

What our clients are saying about us:

Lee,
These are wonderful! Client’s response: “Great Photos! He did an amazing job!” ~ I concur. 🙂
Vanessa Mouton – Broker/Realtor, Allen Tate Cary-Searstone

Hi Lee,
“These photos are awesome. Thanks for doing such a good job.”
Linda Bowman, Broker/Realtor Coldwell Banker Advantage

“Wow-, these are just awesome- thanks very much Jeremy!!!”
Lynn W Stellings, Broker, Coldwell Banker, HPW

GALLERY

Jeremy Diehl

Lee Lamb

To order photography, click here.

Contact Us

Our office is located in north Raleigh in the Oakmark office centre,  across from the Strickland Rd YMCA.

919-329-2997 – phone

admin@valueabode.com

9203 Baileywick Road
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC 27615

Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9:00am–3:00pm

About Us

We are a full-service real estate appraisal firm with over 40 years of combined experience. Our experience in the Triangle market dates back to 1990. Over the years we have expanded our menu of services to include measurements and photography.  All of our appraisers are state licensed, certified appraisers.  Over time, our appraisers have developed an immense knowledge of the local real estate market. This experience enables them to provide an objective opinion of a property’s current market value.

Our Philosophy

Communication and Accuracy are the keys.

We have over 40 years of experience in residential appraisals and we understand the importance of a quick turnaround time and accuracy in the appraisal and measuring processes. We pride ourselves on being available and reachable pending any issues that arise.

We think of ourselves as an extension of you and the services you offer to your customers.  Therefore, we take our job seriously as we know it is a direct reflection upon you. Let us help you with your next listing.

Tim McNamara Owner, Residential Appraiser

Tim McNamara
Owner, Residential Appraiser


Jonathan Gladstone Residential Appraiser

Jonathan Gladston 
Residential Appraiser


Mike Miller
Measurement Specialist / Photographer

Allison McNamara General manager

Allison McNamara
General manager


Lee Lamb Photographer

Lee Lamb
Photographer


Nancy Poteat Administrative Assistant

Nancy Poteat
Administrative Assistant

Jeremy Deihl Photographer

Jeremy Deihl
Photographer


Craig McKinnon Residential Appraiser

Craig McKinnon
Residential Appraiser


David Wood Business coordinator/Assistant

David Wood
Business Manager/Assistant

FAQ

How can I order one of your services?

Simply click the appropriate order button at the top of the home page or the link at the end of each section. You can also call us directly at 919-329-2997.

Do you charge more for larger properties?

Yes.  Our pricing is based on the size and complexity involved in fulfilling your request.  Larger homes have more square footage, and more rooms and features requiring more time to complete, therefore resulting in a higher fee.

Why would a person need a home appraised?

There are many reasons to obtain an appraisal with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for ordering an appraisal include:

  • To obtain a loan – these appraisals are typically ordered by the lender
  • To contest high property taxes
  • To settle an estate
  • To provide a negotiating tool when purchasing real estate
  • To determine a reasonable price when selling real estate
What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection?

The appraiser is not a home inspector nor does he/she do a complete home inspection.  A home inspection is a third-party evaluation of the accessible structure and mechanical systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation. The standard home inspector’s report will include an evaluation of the condition of the home’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure. The Appraisal is not a home inspection.

How are appraisers certified?

Regulations regarding licensing and certification of Real Estate Appraisers vary from state to state. However, licensing and certification is most often associated with many hours of coursework, tests and practical experience. Once an appraiser is licensed, he or she is required to take continuing education courses in order to keep the license current.

How do I get ready for the appraiser?

The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. During this process, the appraiser will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home’s general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. The best thing you can do to help is to make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house. Trim any bushes and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. On the inside, make sure that the appraiser can easily access items such the furnace and water heater.

The following Items, if available, will help your appraiser to provide a more accurate appraisal in a shorter period of time:

  • Prepare a complete list of any updates, improvements or remodeling, along with your costs and give to the appraiser
  • A survey of the house and property
  • A deed or title report showing the legal description
  • A recent tax bill
  • A list of personal property to be sold with the house if applicable
  • A copy of the original plans
What is a measurement?

Taking measurements is a process to determine the gross living area of a home, including all above and below grade square footage. At a minimum, information concerning square footage should include the amount of living space in the dwelling.

Why should agents and sellers have their listings professionally measured?

Residential properties are valued based on comparable sales of similar properties in the area, as well as  current market conditions. In many cases the value and the sales price are calculated on the square footage. Even small error in the square footage could result in a lower sales price.

To ensure that you get maximum dollar for your clients’ homes, have all of your listings professionally measured.

Are real estate agents required by Real Estate license law or Real Estate Commission rules to report the square footage of properties offered for sale?

No, but when they do report square footage to potential buyers, it is imperative that it be accurate. TMLS requires that square footage be reported on all active listings.

What sources of square footage are considered reliable?

None, other than a sketch provide by a licensed certified appraiser whom YOU hired. Tax records are based on builder’s plans, and are generally inaccurate. Previous MLS listings generally take square footage from tax records or other unknown sources. Previous appraisals may or may not be accurate. Unless you know the appraiser and are familiar with the quality of their work, do not use square footage from old appraisals. The property may have undergone significant changes since the last appraisal. If you report that square footage, you are saying it is accurate. Always have your properties professionally measured.

What are simple ways for agents to judge whether the reported square footage is accurate?

While we just advised you not to rely on previous tax records, MLS or other appraisals to report accurate square footage, it does not mean that you should ignore them. They all can be good guides to determine if the reported square footage passes the sniff test. Look at what the tax records, past MLS listings or even the old appraisal indicates.  If the numbers differs significantly, ask why. Maybe they finished off a bonus room or there’s an unfinished third floor. Maybe they added a bedroom or bathroom. Perhaps what is listed is just wrong. Use them as a guide and if what is reported does not make sense, have the property professionally measured

Why should I have my listing professionally photographed?

Photographs and video are the primary means for today’s educated buyer to select homes they would consider for purchase. They will decide in just a few minutes whether or not they want to visit your home for further consideration. Hiring a professional photographer will ensure high quality photos that will display and look great on any device that a potential customer may use to view them.