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The Facts About Non-Lender Home Appraisals: An Interview with Lou Buccini of Style Appraisal Services

By Lou Buccini

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Lou Buccini has been a residential real estate appraiser for 15 years and the last 10 as owner of Style Appraisal Services, a full-service residential appraisal company.

Can you give a brief explanation of what non-lender home appraisals are used for?

Residential appraisals are typically used for lending purposes but probate, divorce and tax assessment are some other uses for appraisals.

Are there any notable differences in the process or reports for these kinds of appraisals (compared with a lender appraisal)?

Typically the same methodology is used for all residential appraisals but often the forms or format will vary.

How can a home appraisal help with probate or settling an estate?

A probate appraisal is used for tax purposes and also an accurate market value for liquidation.

What effect can home appraisals have on property taxes? When is the best time for homeowners to get an appraisal for tax assessment purposes?

A residential appraisal is used for a fair value assessment for property taxes. These appraisals are generally done in the month that the town requires them to be submitted for tax disputes.

Do you have any insider tips for getting a non-lender home appraisal in Connecticut?

People often ask for appraisals but many times they are not required. Usually a realtor can give you a market analysis for a current market value.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Remember for all your residential appraisals needs or questions do it with STYLE at 203-468-8383.

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