Pre Listing Appraisals More Important Than Ever

Collier Swecker video blogs about how appraisers are fast becoming the most pivotal player in real estate transactions in this late Summer 2011, Birmingham Real Estate Market. Our team is finding that nearly 2 out of every 10 transactions that we are involved with are having Appraisal issues where the Seller has no choice but to lower the contract price or lose the deal all together. You would think that our marketing generating a high offer would be great, but it is not good if the home cannot close and a Seller cannot get paid! We are strongly encouraging that our Seller clients get Pre-Listing Appraisals. Having a Pre-Listing Appraisal will give the Seller and the Realtor insight as to how the property will fare when the contract appraisal is performed and can be used as a valuable sales tool to show potential Buyers that they will have instant equity in the property and that the Seller has done their homework in pricing the home. We actually attribute one of our June 2011 sales directly to the use of the Pre-Listing Appraisal to encourage a Buyer to accept the offer from my Seller. If you have any comments or questions, email Collier at or visit my website at

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About Collier Swecker

Collier Swecker is a licensed real estate broker, attorney, blogger, speaker and entrepreneur. He is the founding partner of the Mega Agent Real Estate Team at RE/MAX Advantage which ranks as one of the top selling real estate teams in Alabama. Collier also acts as a business and marketing consultant for small business start-ups.

Collier graduated from Auburn University (B.A., 1998), Cumberland School of Law (Juris Doctor, 2002) and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis (Masters of Law in Taxation, 2003). Collier was the principal partner of the law firm Swecker and Sparks LLC for 3 years before leaving the law practice for real estate development and sales.

Collier is a native of Yorktown, Virginia and currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife, Amanda Capps Swecker. Collier & Amanda are the proud parents to a beautiful daughter, Julia Abigayle. They have one dog named Kramer.

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