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How To Choose A Chicago Home Appraiser

If you are starting the process of selling a property, one of the first things you need to do is find out the fair market value of the property. This is absolutely essential to make sure that you do not over or under price the property in the initial marketing process. It is also vital to make sure that you have the right expectations about what can be achieved given the local real estate market and current demand for similar properties.

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Choosing a home appraiser is very important at this stage of the process as it is the foundation of all the marketing and selling processes that follow. The following are the most important factors to take into consideration.

Area Of Service

The property appraiser that you choose has to be extremely knowledgeable of the local property market. There is no advantage to hiring an appraiser from Bloomington when the property you want to sell is in Chicago. Local knowledge about what similar homes sell for, and what the neighborhood selling points are is one of the biggest factors that can influence a house price.

Experience

Make sure you hire a real estate appraiser that has at least 10 years’ experience in the Chicago area. It is also important that the person who will actually call to view the property for appraisal has that experience. Many real estate companies advertise their decades of experience, but when it comes to the actual appraisal, they will send out a junior agent. If you are paying top dollar for an experienced appraiser, then you should demand the same person to be doing the work. Look at ChicagolandAppraiser.com for more info.

References

Wherever possible you should ask for references or check with family and friends whether anyone has experience with the company. Ideally you should try and contact 5 people that have dealt with the appraiser and ask them questions about how accurate the appraisal was versus the actual selling price and how easy the person was to deal with for follow up and clarifying questions.

Qualifications

value-of-a-homeThere are many ways for real estate professionals to become qualified appraisers. Some go through extensive college bachelors and masters programs, while others opt for the industry certifications. Before you choose an appraiser you should ask for the qualifications of the person doing the appraisal. Such certifications are commonly displayed on office walls and absence of them should sound alarm bells. If they are not publicly displayed then ask to see them.

Fees

This is a topic that was left until last as the fee being charged should not be the driving factor. Spending $100 more than the average fee can pay off if the actual appraisal is more accurate and realistic and the service is professional.

While there may be some companies that charge significantly less than others, you should be aware that a lot of time and effort goes into a proper appraisal. If you go for the rock bottom price then that person will be encouraged to spend as little time as possible reducing the level of service and accuracy.

Most effective tools for keeping your important content organized

To make use of best practices online, you need to know how to organize your content properly. Whether you need to organize your content for advertising campaigns, other professional projects, or personal projects, making sure to keep your content in a structure you can quickly access and understand is critical for long-term success and usability as you develop various projects.

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The Basics Of Online Content

When creating any project, you need to have a content outline. This outline keeps your project organized and on the correct path. Whether you are creating a website or writing a book, make sure to review your content outline often to verify you are producing the correct content for the project.

In many cases, the content outline on a website should follow a path to make it easy for search engines AND users to understand what your content is about. Start with broad content and continue drilling down further until you are as detailed as you need to be with the content on your page.

How Do You Organize This Content?

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To provide an example structure, let’s look at how you could organize content if you were (1) writing articles on your own website and (2) submitting articles to other sites.

You will begin with a folder that will be specifically for content you will write. There will be two folders inside of that one. One will be specifically for website content, and the other will be for submissions. Inside of those folders, you will then designate where the content is going to go. In the website content folder, there will be individual folders for each website or page you want to build. In the submission folder, there will be a folder for every place that you will submit this content, allowing you to keep track of everything.

Finally, it is important to keep all of your content further organized. You can create an Excel spreadsheet or other tracking document to use to keep track of your content for your website and everywhere you send to. Additionally, you could use Sorc’d software to organize everything if necessary. If you use a spreadsheet, you will be able to track which content is bringing the most visitors, and also, see where most of the visitors end up.

Once you have this system set up, you should have no problem at all monitoring everything. Your ability to track your content and the results that you get will mean the difference between failure and success.

Tools For Organizing Content

Depending on your goals, you can use a variety of tools for content curation or aggregation. If you want to simply aggregate your content and compile it in a specific area, it would require less work on your part than if you were to execute content curation in some fashion. Many people are making use of an online content curation app to solve their needs. Regardless of what you decide, making use of some structure is bound to make your job easier.

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The Importance Of Quality Content

It is recommended that you use excellent content, regardless of its purpose. Even if you plan to submit to blogs, article directories, and other locations, using high-quality content is a must. If a person reading the content is motivated by its quality to click the link to see your actual website, this is reason enough to make sure that these articles are also of high quality. It is recommended that you use a tool like a speech-to-text software program so that you can write as fast as possible. The speed at which you are able to do this work will also play a large role in how much success you will have with this endeavor.

Quick tip for organizing content

Content organization does not need to be difficult. In fact, depending on how you are doing it and with what tool, it can be a super quick and easy process.

The video I’ll share below will outline one strategy for effectively organizing your content online with tags using a program called Evernote. Take a look and let me know if any of it doesn’t make sense!