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Full Appraisals

Full Appraisals

The most popular option, these are excellent for estate, divorce or bankruptcy situations, whether or not litigation may be involved. These are similar in scope to appraisals you may have had done for a home purchase or refinance. It usually takes 30-60 minutes to measure the dwelling, take photos, and gather general information, and another 2 - 5 calendar days to produce the report (next-day appraisals are subject to availability).

Exterior-Only Appraisals

Exterior-Only Appraisals

These are also known as "drive-by" appraisals, but please be assured, we always stop and take a good look, and take front, street, and side view photos. These appraisals are a more affordable option, and don't require an appointment. Observations are from the street and also from other sources such as county records, aerial photography, MLS and other listings, and Google Earth™ .

Restricted Use Appraisals

Restricted Use Appraisals

Tailored to your specific needs. For instance, if you just need a bottom line, no-frills value opinion from an experienced appraiser, in a less formal style compared to a full appraisal, it can be done inexpensively with a Desktop appraisal. Also, we perform measurement-only services, if you just need an accurate floor plan with dimensions and room locations. Photography-only services are offered as well, for insurance purposes, for example.

Big corporations like ZillowTM and others have devised sophisticated algorithms which can provide a reasonably close estimate for many homes' values, according to Zillow's website claims. However, the same website actually puts it well - "The Zestimate is not an appraisal and can’t be used in place of an appraisal. It is a computer-generated estimate of the value of a home today, given the available data." Their core mission is persuading people to make a move - buying or selling, or preferably both. Providing credible value opinions for folks who may have other reasons for needing an expert opinion is not their business. Certainly, these companies’ processes - the Proprietary Formulas - don't involve Licensed or Certified Appraisers performing the necessary steps that are required, by law, of human appraisers.

If your home has notable complexities or nuances, such as being an older home, recent remodeling, proximity to a busy street, unique features like a converted garage or golf course views, a guest house or solar panels, located in a designated historic district, or if the county records' figure for livable area is inaccurate - the list of potential pitfalls is long - then you need a trained and experienced human being to review the case. It takes years to become a good appraiser, and the stakes are just too high to give the final word to Zillow's Proprietary Formula.

Darin Rogers is Certified Real Estate Appraiser #22221 on the Arizona Department of Financial Institution's appraiser registry, with a freshly-renewed license in place through August, 2025 (certifications must be renewed every two years; the required Continuing Education was recently completed). He is also listed on the FHA roster, and is a preferred appraiser for numerous major lenders and Appraisal Management Companies. References are available upon request.

Darin was first licensed in 2005 and certified in 2011. Landsman Appraisal LLC was founded in 2009 at the height of a severe housing crisis, and has been in continuous operation ever since. Darin has completed thousands of appraisals and hundreds of hours of appraisal qualifying and continuing education over the past 20 years.


Residential appraisers typically rely most on the aptly-named Sales Comparison Approach. We search for the most recent, similar, and nearby sales and listings available, and then make adjustments for significant differences (things like house size, parcel size, pool, condition and updating, bedroom/bathroom count, just to name a few) - but only if genuine market reaction to the item is perceived to exist. This is all accompanied by an explanation about the quality and quantity of available comparable sales, whether and why it was necessary to exceed typical guidelines regarding distance or date of sale, and the reasoning behind the decisions made. The reports are written in a highly readable first-person voice, and contain other property- and subdivision-specific information which is likely be of interest to the client.
We would need to assess the complexity of the situation before giving you a firm quote. However, our stated rate for a full appraisal for a non-complex property within our service area is $500. You'll find this to be quite competitive in the Phoenix market. Please give us a call to discuss specifics - we sometimes offer special seasonal pricing, and discounts for U.S. military veterans, police and fire professionals and other public servants, seniors, and others. If you have more than one property, we can negotiate a package deal. We also offer add-ons such as a Market Rent schedule. As for fees, what we quote is what you pay. There are no taxes or other fees of any kind added to our appraisal fee, even if the project ends up being more involved than we anticipated. We'll stand by our quote.
Sadly, I have seen firsthand many examples of these "ugly houses" deals where investors offered quick cash to an owner who wasn't even really considering selling their home, but who was dazzled by the seemingly generous cash offer. Some sellers end up leaving tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the table. Consider a hypothetical example based on a recent work experience, which involves a local seller settling for approximately $175,000 less than as-is market value, thinking that because the house needed some cosmetic repairs and didn't show well, it couldn't be worth that much. But then the house was re-sold, on MLS, for a much higher price than the previous long-time owners had received, less than 60 days later - without any meaningful work having been done to it! This occurred because the long-time owners of the property simply didn't know what it was really worth; they hadn't checked in for awhile, as they hadn't been planning to go anywhere. It turns out, the land alone was worth more than what they received. They had wrongly assumed the investors would give them a fair shake, or perhaps they had a notion of market value based on a bona fide neighborhood sale - which occurred years ago, though it seemed more recent. 
Prices have increased dramatically in recent years, so I strongly recommend that you get an appraisal before you sign over the title for cash. If you do get an appraisal, then you'll have a credible value opinion from a qualified professional to use as leverage in negotiations, something tangible you can point to. Because if the property hasn't been listed on MLS or elsewhere, that means there's been little or no market exposure, and no competition. Without competition, you're open to really bad outcomes. If you decide not to use Landsman Appraisal, please get an appraisal from some other licensed or certified appraiser. Don't skip this step, or it could cost you real money, many times the price of an appraisal. 
Most popular is the Full Appraisal. These are similar to what would be used for a mortgage loan (purchase or refinance, where the lender typically selects the appraiser). They are also the most thorough choice for other types of "asset valuation" assignments. This type of assignment involves an on-site visit with exterior measurements, interior and exterior photographs, and general observations about building materials, finishes and fixtures, updating and the like. Generally a Full Appraisal will yield results which are both most reliable and most satisfying. 

An Exterior-Only Appraisal is more convenient for the client, since no appointment or interior inspection is needed. Based on public records and other sources, the appraiser makes so-called Extraordinary Assumptions about the size and condition of the property. These are less expensive and offer quicker turnaround, but the scope of inspection may be considered insufficient by third parties, if there are any legal considerations involved.

Finally, Restricted Use appraisals can be those using a less intensive set of observation / reporting standards (while mindful of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, aka USPAP). This category includes Desktop Appraisals, which can be done inexpensively and relatively quickly. As with Exterior-Only Appraisals, these are less expensive and offer quicker turnaround, but the scope of inspection may be considered insufficient for some clients.

We recommend getting in touch with us to personally discuss your options with Darin Rogers (602-435-8359, receives text messages).
A home inspection and an appraisal have different goals. An appraisal strives to give a reliable opinion of the property’s market value, past, present, or future. The property’s condition is considered, but it is not the main focus of the assignment. A home inspection, on the other hand, focuses ONLY on the property’s condition (without regard to value), and it is much more thorough and time-consuming, as far as time spent at the property itself. Appraisers spend much of their time "in the field," observing and photographing similar properties and driving the neighborhoods, or they are at their desks researching market trends and comparable property details, and of course completing the sometimes voluminous reports themselves.
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Landsman Appraisal headquarters are located in Phoenix near the intersection of 32nd Street & Shea Boulevard. I cover Phoenix and surrounding areas including: Ahwatukee, Anthem, Apache Junction, Avondale, Buckeye, Carefree, Cave Creek, Chandler, El Mirage, Florence, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Glendale, Gold Canyon, Goodyear, Higley, Litchfield Park, Maricopa, Mesa, Peoria, Queen Creek, Rio Verde, San Tan Valley, Scottsdale, Sun City, Sun City West, Sun Lakes, Surprise, Tolleson, Waddell, Youngtown, and others. I have been appraising in Maricopa and Pinal counties in Arizona since 2003, after a long career in the market research industry. 
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Richard Presto
Client for retrospective estate appraisal

I hired Landsman Appraisal Services to do a home appraisal for tax purposes. Darin Rogers arrived at the house right on time and did a very thorough inspection of the premises. I received the report within several days and I was pleased with the report and the back up data supporting the valuation. I had contacted several companies and Landsman had the most reasonable price. I would highly recommend Landsman for their prompt and courteous services. And the report I received was professionally done. Many thanks to Landsman Appraisal, LLC!

Mike Woodard
Client for pre-refi appraisal

We considered several appraisers and Darin Rogers seemed the most professional. He took the time to explain each piece of the valuation process, answered all of our questions, and even offered some advice about how we might increase the value of our home. He was objective and fair in his assessment. I would highly recommend Darin Rogers for a timely and professional appraisal.

Kevin Knaussman
Client for asset valuation appraisal (considering selling)

Mr. Rogers was on time, very thorough while he was at the house, and he asked me about all the work I've done to it, which I was glad because appraisers don't always do that. The report was easy to understand and the estimate was right on the money, based on recent sales that have since happened on my street. The sketch was useful to say one way or the other, about a room which I wasn't sure if it counted as part of the square footage or not. Anyway, I would recommend them to anyone because they did a good job for me.

Matthew Gismondi
Real Estate Investor

I called Landsman Appraisal to get a good idea of what my property was worth after I finished renovation of a rental property in the Arcadia area. I’m a real estate investor who was considering a cash-out refi. Landsman completed the appraisal on time and did a great job with a great set of pictures. They performed a thorough evaluation of relevant neighboring properties in an area that can be tricky. Later, when I was between tenants and was making the decision whether to sell or rent again, Landsman updated the appraisal, doing a desktop evaluation which included neighboring properties, which had all gone up in value. My property was an unusual parcel, involving a subordinate property with a different owner and an easement across my parcel, but Landsman’s appraiser knew how to handle it. In short, I know Landsman works with lots of big banks and mortgage companies, but they were also responsive to a private-party appraisal with a quick turn-time. I heartily recommend Landsman Appraisal to investors and homeowners alike.