As a resident and someone who has worked as a Union County home appraiser for the past 13 years, I have become more and more familiar with the different cities and towns. Each municipality has its own character as well as a home value range. Even within a town, there are neighborhood pockets that may warrant an increased value due to their location. When hiring an appraiser, make sure they are familiar with your market area.
Berkeley Heights, Clark, Cranford, Elizabeth, Fanwood, Garwood, Hillside, Kenilworth, Linden, Mountainside, New Providence, Plainfield, Rahway, Roselle, Roselle Park, Scotch Plains, Springfield, Summit, Union, Westfield, Winfield
Above are some housing statistics over the last year in Union County. The median selling price has been relatively stable while the listing prices have increased slightly. The spring to summer market was really strong with homes selling at 99.6% of their list price which lowered over the last three months to 98.7% in the fall market. Homes have been selling slightly quicker in this fall market by about 25 days.
A study by Forbes.com determined that Union County is in the top ten counties who pay the most in property taxes of all US counties? If you believe you are paying too much in property taxes, you would definitely want to hire a Union county home appraiser for a potential tax appeal. A professional who has real familiarity and experience with this market.
When appraising in Union County, I almost always use comparable sales within the same municipality because it is so densely populated. There have been a few instances when I’ve searched to other towns when there aren’t enough sales. Some recent examples include:
Some of the benefits of living in Union County are the easy access to major roadways like the Garden State Parkway, Route 78 and the NJ Turnpike. It also has three train lines into New York City. Both the Northeast Corridor line (Rahway, Linden, Elizabeth) and Morris & Essex line (Summit) have direct trains into the city. The Raritan Valley Line (Fanwood, Westfield, Garwood, Cranford, Roselle Park, Union) currently has a transfer in Newark.
I’ve been appraising for 16 years and a Union County home appraiser for the last 13 years. This means I’ve seen the market sky rocket as well as crash. Observing these conditions has given me the experience and expertise to determine fair market value. If you are in need of a Union County home appraiser, whether it is for a purchase, sale, tax appeal, estate planning, or divorce, please call American Realty Appraisals at 908-233-1337.
Evan from American Realty Appraisals came out to our home last spring to conduct a home appraisal in support of our property tax appeal. He arrived promptly at the agreed time, was very professional and conducted a thorough walk through. We were very satisfied with the results of his appraisal - they were well-researched and accurately captured the features of the home. His appraisal proved to be a crucial element in a very successful tax appeal. I would gladly recommend his services to others.
I was extremely pleased in my experience with American Realty Appraisals. Evan was very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any questions I had. His appraisal was useful in our being able to successfully appeal our taxes. It was worth every penny. He also shared some suggestions on how to shore up insulation efficiency around the house. 5 Star service. thanks!
Evan was extremely helpful in our obtaining a favorable result from our tax appeal and I highly recommend his services
If you want the Do's and Dont's. I would say DO use Evan. It was a very smooth and easy process. He worked around my schedule. His turnaround time was very impressive. Price: He was in line with the other quotes I received. And you DON'T need to worry. I will recommend him and use him again
Prepared the documents to submit for a tax appeal and accompanied me to the tax appeal hearing to present my case. I have used American Realty Appraisals twice and have won my tax appeal each time.
I was appealing my real estate taxes and American Reality did an appraisal on my home. The appraisal went well and as a result the tax appeal was successful and our real estate taxes were lowered.
I was ignoring go through Tax appeal process because I thought it was so cumbersome with very little chance of winning. In this process, I used Evan for a tax appeal. Not only we won but it was very easy and simple process between him and the lawyer. I highly recommend to use Evan, he knows what he is doing!
The tax appeal through you and Lisa Walsh was successful, and you may use me as a reference any time in the future
Evan was great. He was instrumental in helping me to appropriately lower my taxes via an accurate appraisal. I highly recommend his services to anyone in need of an appraisal in NJ.
When the interest rates dropped last year, I decided that it was a good idea to refinance my mortgage. I was recommended to American Realty Appraisals by my mortgage company. They were affordable, expedient, and ultimately put together a very comprehensive report with figures, photos, and local comps. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a professional and honest appraisal company.
Evan and his team at American Realty Appraisals are simply the best at what they do. As a mortgage banking professional, I have worked with dozens of appraisal firms over the years and I continually return to American Realty Appraisals when I can for their expert advice and service. I would highly recommend them if you are an individual looking to have your home appraised, or a banker looking to add a high quality appraisal firm to your list of approved appraisers.
Before I went to list my home, I hired Evan at American Realty Appraisals. I wanted an unbiased opinion of what my home was worth. He provided a thorough report that gave me piece of mind and a leg to stand on when it comes time to negotiate. I was also pleased with how fast he turned the report around after the inspection.
I am an attorney in Westfield and I refer all of my clients to American Realty Appraisals. I have worked closely with Evan Siegel for the past two years and I have been impressed with his professionalism, integrity and expertise as an appraiser. Relying on his appraisals, I have been able to negotiate property tax reductions for numerous clients in Union County. I highly recommend American Realty Appraisals for all of your residential real estate appraisal needs.
ARA did a great job of handling my tax appeal. The guidance was spot on and the staff, specifically, Evan Siegel, was professional and knowledgeable. The outcome was excellent and I'm saving a good amount of money on my real estate taxes. Thanks ARA!!
I used Evan for a tax appeal project. It was a seamless operation between him and the lawyer. Zero blips, and we won.
Mr. Siegel performed an appraisal for my home for tax appeal purposes. He was very professional and helped me lower my taxes by 17%. I am quite satisfied with his work.
Highly recommend. Excellent service, professional, prompt. Great result