A graduate of Cornell University and Boston University School of Law, Henrietta Feldman has practiced real estate law since 1999. Working with both commercial and residential clients in Florida and Massachusetts, Henrietta Feldman reviews and documents transactions such as leases, purchases, inspections, and appraisals.
Determining the fair market value of a home is an essential step in the process of home buying and selling. A qualified, state-licensed appraiser evaluates the home’s age and condition, as well as its future marketability and selling prices of nearby homes, to accurately determine whether the home’s selling price is fair. A home appraisal may be necessary in order to refinance a home, or to determine if a loan’s remaining balance has fallen below 80 percent of a home’s value should the owners wish to discontinue their private mortgage insurance or PMI. Additionally, homeowners who are considering renovations might hire an appraiser to determine whether the contemplated improvements would add significant value to their home.