Harris Appraisal Company

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Open Monday through Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

We Appraise Everything Residential

Land, Suburban, Rural, New Construction, Pre-Listing, FHA, Lenders, Individuals, Estates, Attorneys, and Divorcees.

If you’re in need of a real estate appraiser in the Hot Springs area, Don and Jeff Harris reside In Garland County and serve the following counties (including, but not limited to): Clark, Garland, Hot Spring, Howard, Montgomery, Pike, Pulaski, and Saline.

While not an inclusive list, this includes the cities of Alexander, Amity, Arkadelphia, Bauxite, Benton, Bismarck, Bryant, Conway, Glenwood, Haskell, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Little Rock, Mabelvale,  Malvern, Maumelle, Mount Ida, North Little Rock, and Sherwood.

Don and Jeff are experienced local appraisers with many years of experience completing appraisals.

Who chooses Don and Jeff for their real estate appraisal needs?

  • Credit unions and lenders:

Don and Jeff are both experts in providing mortgage appraisals on real estate in the Hot Springs area. They provide full residential appraisals on Fannie Mae form 1004, drive-bys with exterior photos, interior inspections, single family, multi-family, condo,  purchased properties, or refinancing. Don and Jeff are also  HUD/FHA approved appraisers. Harris Appraisals also uses Non-UAD GP-Forms for Individual Clients needing an appraisal(s), using the same guidelines to adhere to USPAP.

  • REALTORS® and real estate agents:

Jeff provides pre-listing appraisals in Hot Springs, as well as a full range of appraisal services to support your clients’ home buying or home selling needs. Refer your clients to Jeff Harris, a professional Hot Springs Appraiser and Arkansas-State Certified Residential Appraiser.

  • FSBOs, home sellers and homeowners:

A listing appraisal can be a powerful tool for a home seller. Ordering a listing appraisal creates a buffer between sellers and potential buyers when the subject of market value and price is handled by a professional appraiser that is not involved in the transaction. It also offers buyers peace of mind that their investment —Hot Springs and surrounding areas real estate — is really worth what they are paying. Hire Jeff Harris, a professional Hot Springs Appraiser.

  • CPAs and Attorneys:

Whether it’s estate planning, a divorce settlement, expert witness or a retroactive “date of death” valuation, Jeff can provide a reliable, defensible appraisal reported in a special format developed especially for non-lending purposes.

If your needs include a professional, prompt, accurate real estate appraisal, contact Jeff at 501.760.3039 to schedule today. Don and Jeff Harris are the owners of Harris Appraisal Company. 

But, wait…There's More

Not only do we perform appraisals, but we also conduct auctions and sell Real Estate. Don is the Real Estate Principal Broker and Jeff is a licensed  Real Estate Salesman. DH Realty is located in the same offices as Harris Appraisals. For more information, visit our site at Harris Auction and Real Estate.

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Cities that We Serve

Based and founded  in the city of Hot Springs, we proudly serve the following cities:

Hot Springs
Little Rock

North Little Rock

…just to name a few

ALL over central Arkansas, we will give you what you need…a professional, accurate Appraisal.

50 years experience  should tell you a lot about our company. Call Jeff Harris today at 501.760.3039.

Spread the word, Central Arkansas…Go with Experience You Can Trust!

Garland County Assessor Office



Learn what an appraisal entails with our FAQs. Confused about appraisers and home inspectors? Appraisers value the property while inspectors note potential repairs. However, an appraiser may recommend an inspection if their observation shows one is needed.

The most important part in discerning the worth of a residence, an appraiser makes an unbiased and professional opinion on the value of a property used in a real estate transaction. Appraisers will write a report that shows their investigation of the house.

There are a lot of reasons to get an appraisal from Jeff or Don with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Some other reasons for purchasing a report include:

  • If you are applying for a loan.
  • To reduce your property taxes.
  • To show the replacement cost of insurance.
  • To fight high property taxes.
  • To handle an estate.
  • To offer you a leg-up when purchasing real estate.
  • To determine a reasonable property value when selling real estate.
  • To protect your rights in a condemnation case.
  • Because an official agency such as the IRS requires it.
  • If you ever find yourself in a lawsuit.

Home inspectors do not produce an opinion of value and are not appraisers. A third-party home inspector will inspect the structure of the property, from the roof to the foundation. The typical home inspector’s report will include an evaluation of the integrity of the property’s heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement, and visible structure.

They share nothing in common. The CMA uses market trends to generate most of their business. The appraisal relies on specific proven comparable sales. The appraisal report will also include neighborhood and construction costs. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. Being documented and containing a carefully investigated opinion of value, appraisals are defensible and stand up in legal situations.

But the biggest difference is the person creating the report. A CMA is created by a real estate agent who may or may not have a true grasp of the market or valuation concepts. The appraisal is created by a licensed, certified professional who has made a career out of valuing properties. Further, the appraiser is an independent voice, with no vested interest in the value of a home, unlike the real estate agent, whose income is tied to the value of the home.

Each report must reflect a credible estimate of value and must identify the following:

  • The client and other intended users.
  • The intended use of the report.
  • The purpose of the assignment.
  • The type of value reported and the definition of the value reported.
  • The effective date of the appraiser’s opinions and conclusions.
  • Relevant property characteristics, including location attributes, physical attributes, legal attributes, economic attributes, the real property interest valued, and Non-real estate items included in the appraisal, such as personal property, including trade fixtures and intangible items.
  • All known: easements, restrictions, encumbrances, leases, reservations, covenants, contracts, declarations, special assessments, ordinances, and other items of a similar nature.
  • Division of interest, such as fractional interest, physical segment and partial holding.
  • The scope of work used to complete the assignment.

In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must ensure the following:

  • That the information analysis utilized in the appraisal was appropriate.
  • That significant errors of omission or commission were not committed individually or collectively.
  • That appraisal services were not rendered in a careless or negligent manner.
  • That a credible, supportable appraisal report was communicated.

Most states require that real estate appraisers are state licensed or certified. The state licensed or certified appraiser is trained to render an unbiased opinion based upon extensive education and experience requirements. To become licensed or certified, appraisers must fulfill rigorous education and experience requirements. In addition, appraisers must abide by a strict industry code of ethics and comply with national standards of practice for real estate appraisal. The rules for developing an appraisal and reporting its results are insured by enforcement of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

Regulations regarding licensing and certification of Real Estate Appraisers vary from state to state. However, licensing and certification is most often associated with many hours of coursework, tests and practical experience. Once an appraiser is licensed, he or she is required to take continuing education courses in order to keep the license current.

Typically, appraisers are employed by lenders to estimate the value of real estate involved in a loan transaction. Appraisers also provide opinions in litigation cases, tax matters and investment decisions.

Gathering data is one of the primary roles of an appraiser. Data can be divided into Specific and General. Specific data is gathered from the home itself. Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.

General data is gathered from a number of sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) provide data on recently sold homes that might be used as comparables. Tax records and other public documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as Metro Appraisals’ InterFlood product. And most importantly, the appraiser gathers general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other properties in the same market.

Anytime the value of your home or other real property is being used to make a significant financial decision, an appraisal helps. If you’re selling your home, an appraisal helps you set the most appropriate value. If you’re buying, it makes sure you don’t overpay. If you’re engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. A home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value means you can make the right financial decisions.

The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. During this process, the appraiser will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home’s general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house. Trim any bushes and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. On the inside, make sure that the appraiser can easily access items like furnaces and water heaters.

The following Items, if available, will help your appraiser to provide a more accurate appraisal in a shorter period of time:

  • A survey of the house and property.
  • A deed or title report showing the legal description.
  • A recent tax bill.
  • A list of personal property to be sold with the house if applicable.
  • A copy of the original plans.

Market value or fair market value is the most probable price that a property should bring (will sell for) in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller, each acting prudently, knowledgeably and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby: (1) buyer and seller are typically motivated; (2) both parties are well informed or well advised; (3) a reasonable time is allowed for exposure to the open market; (4) payment is made in terms of cash in U.S. dollars or in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto; and (5) the price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing or sales concessions granted by anyone associated with the sale.

In most real estate transactions, the appraisal is ordered by the lender. While the home buyer pays for the report as part of the closing costs, the lender retains the right to use the report or any information contained within. The home buyer is entitled to a copy of the report – it’s usually included with all of the other closing documents – but is not entitled to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.

The exception to this rule is when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. In these cases, the appraiser may stipulate how the appraisal can be used; estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stipulated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.

The answer to this is different depending upon the location of the home. Different markets value amenities differently. Adding a central air conditioner in Austin, Texas may add significant value, while putting one in a home located in Buffalo, New York might not have much impact.

As a rule, the most value returned from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. According to one national survey, kitchen remodels returned an average of 88% of the investment. In other words, a $10,000 kitchen remodeling project would add approximately $8,800 to the value of the home. Bathrooms were second, returning 85%.

FHA Approved

Need an Appraisal for an FHA-backed mortgage? Call Jeff Harris

Jeff is an Arkansas-state certified appraiser on the approved FHA residential appraisers roster. He is well-trained to work within FHA’s guidelines. An FHA loan is backed by the Federal Housing Administration, providing mortgage insurance to lending agencies. The FHA aims to ease credit qualifications for low-to-moderate income purchasers. FHA loans have lower down payment requirements and benefit buyers with lower incomes.

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