Frequently Asked Questions


What People Are Asking


A residential appraisal is a professional valuation of your property. It is typically needed for real estate transactions, refinancing, estate planning, or legal purposes. Appraisals provide an unbiased and accurate assessment of your property’s worth, ensuring you make informed decisions

How long does a residential appraisal take?
The duration of a residential appraisal varies depending on the property’s size, complexity, and location. On average, it can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to complete. We prioritize delivering a thorough and timely assessment.
Who performs the residential appraisal

Our residential appraisals are conducted by certified and experienced appraisers who have in-depth knowledge of the local real estate market and industry standards. They adhere to strict ethical and professional guidelines.

What factors influence the appraisal value of my property?

Several factors can impact the appraisal value, including the property’s size, condition, location, recent sales of comparable properties, market trends, and any unique features or upgrades. Our appraisers consider all relevant factors to determine an accurate value.

Can I use an old appraisal report for a new transaction or refinancing?
Appraisal reports have a limited shelf life, usually six months to a year, depending on market conditions. If you’re considering a new transaction or refinancing, it’s advisable to get an updated appraisal to reflect the current market conditions and property value.
How much does a residential appraisal cost?

The cost of a residential appraisal varies based on factors such as property type, location, and complexity.

Why Hire Brad Stern?
For over thirty-five years, Brad has practiced residential real estate appraisal. During his career, he’s been involved in assignments that are complex and non-complex. He is an experienced observer who takes the time to view all the details of a property. The owner(s) are asked follow up questions to understand the history of the property. Asking the right questions can significantly impact the value of a property as some issues cannot be readily observed during the inspection. In some cases, an inspection or consultation with an expert in another profession may be recommended to quantify the impact, if any, on the value of the property. Trust Brad to be your “eyes and ears”.


A real estate valuation expert witness is a professional who appraises the value of real property for a variety of purposes, such as sale, purchase, investment, or tax assessment.

What is the role of a real estate valuation expert witness

The role of a real estate valuation expert witness is to provide testimony and expertise in legal proceedings related to real estate and property value.

What are the qualifications of a real estate valuation expert witness?

A real estate valuation expert witness should have experience in appraising the value of real property, knowledge of local real estate markets and trends, and familiarity with industry standards and practices.

In legal proceedings, what evidence is reviewed by a real estate valuation expert witness?
A real estate valuation expert witness reviews evidence such as property appraisals, market analysis, comparable sales data, and other relevant documents to provide an opinion on the value of a property.
What types of cases involve expert opinions from a real estate valuation expert witness?

Real estate valuation expert witnesses are typically involved in cases related to property appraisals, eminent domain, property tax disputes, zoning and land use, and disputes over property value in divorce proceedings.

Contact us today to schedule a complimentary consultation.

We will be happy to discuss your specific needs and answer any questions you have about the appraisal process.

Office Locations

189 Wells Ave., Suite 200
Newton, MA 02459

1343 Main Street, Suite 705
Sarasota, FL 34236

Open Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am - 6pm,
Saturday & Sunday: 9am - 1pm

Phone Number

(617) 244-4747