The creation of Liz Moore and Associates has been a journey. We began by surveying thousands of local families who had recently bought or sold real estate. We found too many had one unfortunate experience in common: frustrating and expensive last minute surprises. We heard story after story about unforeseen expenses, delays, and the stress of having to make major decisions under pressure:
Just hours before we were supposed to move, we found out our appraisal was $3500 lower than we anticipated. Our household goods were packed, the moving van was on its way, and everyone was lined up to help us move. We felt we had no choice but to cough up the extra money - we didn’t have time to negotiate.”
We couldn’t reach an agreement on the repairs; I wish we would have known we would face this before we spent money on an appraisal and a home inspection.”
My husband and I showed up at the walk through, and none of the repairs were complete. The moving van was in the driveway - we had no choice but to close anyway. It was a real mess!”
We discovered the day before closing that the seller had an unreleased deed of trust, and because their former closing company was no longer in business, it took almost 30 days to clear it up! We had to move into a hotel while we waited.”
After hearing stories like these, we took a step back and evaluated the real estate transaction from beginning to end. We discovered we can take many of the surprises, and much of the stress, out of the moving equation for sellers and for buyers. At Liz Moore & Associates, we’ve pioneered a solution that reorganizes the process, saving both money and time for our clients.
On our listings, we order for you, at our expense, an up-front market evaluation by an licensed appraiser and a home inspection by an independent home inspector...all before your home is officially placed on the market.
Our objective is to uncover any major repair issues before your home goes on the market, giving you an opportunity to either make repairs up front, or to disclose the conditions to prospective buyers.
By hiring a certified appraiser before the marketing period begins, we are aware of any potential valuation and condition issues prior to deciding on what other terms of the sale you will agree to.
All of this is done in advance, allowing everyone involved ample time to complete the real estate transaction without the pressure of last minute expenses and reactive decisions. Repairs can be completed properly, with sufficient time to select the best contractor for the job.
Our goal is to provide prospective home buyers with a higher level of comfort when purchasing a Liz Moore & Associates’ listing, knowing an appraisal is in place and a preliminary home inspection has been completed.
We are by no means requiring, or even suggesting, the buyer use our appraisal or inspection in place of their own. Our objective is to identify any major issues that could delay closing or result in unforeseen expenses.
We anticipate in some cases, the buyer may opt to waive a home inspection and/or appraisal, rather than spend the $500-600 on their own reports. This may be to save time or money. If new financing is involved, it will be up to the buyer’s lender to engage an appraiser to perform a new appraisal.