Welcome to MLB (Making Lives Better) Appraisal and Associates. If you care about your future, want to make an equitable and educated decision about your next Real Estate decision, then you have come to the right place. Welcome to the best top rate forensic appraisal firm in Arizona! "Bloodhound Burlando" is the most famous appraiser west of the Mississippi and east of the Golden State line (self proclaimed). You probably cannot afford their team. Their well deserved top rate fees will knock you off your seat and blow your socks off BUT the results save our clients thousands. Do not squabble over less than a few grand or a few hundred dollars when years of your financial future are on the line. We investigate to a level that is unheard of in this industry and that information can help you. If you need a real appraisal call us and put our forensic expert to use on your next project.

Mr. Burlando carries the highest level of E&O insurance available to appraisers $2 million/$2 million (required for super jumbo loans) because of the luxury-custom estate and complex properties in which he is constantly involved. Enlist MLB Appraisal and Associates for our FULL FORENSIC APPRAISAL REPORT (the most complete report available and will be delivered digitally and in a hard copy bound printed leather book that you can place on display inside your home). 

We can assist you with a number of tasks including: estate planning, dispute resolution, permit resolution with the local municipality, highest and best use studies, zoning and tax assessment review and cost/benefit analysis. The cost of not having permits far exceeds the benefits we at MLB Appraisal and Associates encourage our clients to do the job right! We caution our clients not to purchase a property without proper chain of title and permit history. The ramifications of owning a property without the proper permit history can have higher property tax rate implications due to complex tax laws.

At MLB Appraisal and Associates we provide commercial and residential real estate valuations. We investigate each property for our clients to a degree that is unheard of in the appraisal industry. The profession has been driven down to demand speedy bank style form reports with results that rarely have more information provided than that found on Zillow.

Arizona's Current Economic Real Estate Conditions:

Arizona continues to grow. The population level for Arizona in 2019 was estimated at 7,189,020.

The top 5 States contributing the most to Arizona's In-Migration in 2018:

  • California - 68,516
  • Texas - 20,245
  • Washington - 17,560
  • Oregon - 13,697
  • Illinois - 13,247

Source: https://www.azcommerce.com/oeo

Payson is the next Sedona for Northern Arizona. It has all of the cosmopolitan make-up and dreamy views of the mountains, rivers, lakes, streams and old western history to be recognized as the best spot in the state. This is the hidden secret of Arizona that provides all four seasons of weather while being a short commute to the metro regions of the state (both Flagstaff and Phoenix). There is a flood of people moving into this area from other second home communities as prospective buyers attempt to secure their dream property in the one and only "Rim Country". 

A negative impact occurred as a result of an economic shut down from a global virus. The "Great Shutdown"/global virus crisis resulted in less sellers entering the marketplace and it created a shortage of available property listings.

Single-family interest rates remain historically low and any market resistance appears to be fueled by continued growth, low rates, government stimulus and a recent sales surge. The unemployment rate for Arizona is at 6.8% as of August of 2020 which is down from the peak at 13.10 in April. The unemployment rate for Payson (Gila County) peaked in April at 11.7 but is now again trending back down to 5.9 as of August of 2020. Economic data lags the actual moving market and the future is uncertain for consumers.

The "Great Shutdown"/global virus crisis of April of 2020 resulted in volatility in the markets. Materials, services & skilled labor are likely to increase as a result of a recent surge in demand. Timber prices increased. Growth is now again at a rapid pace. Market resistance is from the continued virus outbreak create a bi-fricated market. SFR interest rates remain low coupled with continued growth result in a robust increasing market. 

The market is shifty and unstable due to continued government reliance on lower interest rates coupled with record setting prices. 

The residential market is stable-to-increasing overall. Some sub-markets are increasing rapidly but there are also some declines due to the COVID-19 impact. The economy is being artificial stimulated at this time. Market reports are mixed with positive and negative results.

This fast-changing industry and COVID-19 impact has led us to change and do more desktop valuations. We still offer onsite appraiser inspection consultations. We can also arrange for a Desktop Face-time inspection of the property, when needed.

A caution to clients is do not save a few bucks appraiser shopping for the cheapest and fastest appraiser out there because the result could be very costly. Procure your appraisal study today with MLB Appraisal and Associates. We take the time to investigate and provide you with the information and facts about the property so you can make an educated and equitable decision about your future. If the principle of worth for paying a top professional the highest rate has not yet bled onto you watch the video below:

1) Home appraisal mistakes cost Dallas man thousands


You can prepare for the Appraisal.

2) Secrets of a 48-Hour Home Appraisal Makeover


3) Buyer beware of Mr. Flipper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


4) No permits be careful and do not take the word from the agent or municipality have it in writing that it is permitted. 


Know what definition and source of value applies to you and the appraisal problem to be solved.

"Fair Market Value" the price that a seller is willing to accept and a buyer is willing to pay on the open market and in an arm’s-length transaction; the point at which supply and demand intersect.

Source: Black's Law Dictionary, 11th ed. (West Group, 2019), Bryan A. Garner, editor, Page 1,865.

The 11th Edition of Black’s Law Dictionary is the most concise definition source available in the industry at this time.

Market Value: The market value, as of a specified date, in cash, or in terms equivalent to cash, or in other precisely revealed terms, for which the specified property rights should sell after reasonable exposure in a competitive market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, with the buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgeably, and for self-interest, and assuming that neither is under undue duress.

Source: Appraisal Institute, The Appraisal of Real Estate, Fourteenth Edition (Chicago, Illinois, 2014), page 58.

Market Value: A type of value that is the major focus of most real property appraisal assignment. Both economic and legal definitions of market value have been developed and refined, such as the following. * 1. The most widely accepted components of market value are incorporated in the following definition: The most probable price, as of a specified date, in cash, or in terms equivalent to cash, or in terms equivalent to cash, or in other precisely revealed terms, for which the specified property rights should sell after reasonable exposure in a competitive market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, with the buyer and seller each acting prudently, knowledgeably, and for self-interest, and assuming that neither is under undue duress.

Source: Appraisal Institute, The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 6th ed. (Chicago: Appraisal Institute, 2015), pg. 141.

These are few of the value definitions available and there are many others that are published within the industry.

Statewide Coverage for a multitude of assignment types:

-Appraisal Consulting
-Narrative Appraisals
-Arizona Solar Appraiser - Solar PV "Bonus Value" study
-Commercial Properties
-Large Estate Properties
-Luxury Custom Estate Properties
-Complex Residential
-Historic Properties
-Residential Properties in Aviation or Equestrian use communities
-Eminent Domain
-Dwellings with Alternative Methods of Construction (i.e.: imported materials, reclaimed materials and log construction)

Services offered include, but are not limited to subdivision appraisals, large estate properties, ranch properties, easement valuations, eminent domain cases, litigation appraisals along with expert witness services. We are also able to aid legal counselors in developing cross examination strategies for expert testimony from appraisers.

Other appraisal types provided through our company include:

-Primary and Secondary Mortgages
-Mortgage Refinancing/Purchasing
-Employee Relocation & REO
-Private Mortgage Insurance Removal
-Estate Planning
-Divorce Settlement/Dissolution of Marriage cases
-Trust Settlement
-FHA Appraisals
-Pre-Listing Valuations
-Vacant Land
-Proposed Construction/Remodel Appraisal

Through this web site, you can perform a number of tasks. You can research appraisal types, market conditions or place an order. As we want you to be able to make an informed decision no matter what the appraisal is needed for, we encourage you to also call or email us with any additional concerns you may have. We are available to answer any questions.

Remember when you hire an appraiser you are seeking an opinion from a professional and you are encouraged to gain other opinions from other professionals; especially if major financial events are pending, life events could change based on the outcome of the results or if time constraints are a factor in your decision making process. We advise you to hire additional real estate professionals to ensure you are able to make more educated real estate decisions and not rely solely on ONLY one opinion. In many cases, clients have the freedom to request multiple appraisals/appraisers and are rarely limited to just hiring one professional’s opinion. A smart investor would acquire three appraisals on the same property before dumping their life savings into an uncertain future. 

We take the time to research the facts and communicate them to our clients so they can make educated decisions. Do not rush into a major financial decision that could impact your life for years to come without getting an Appraisal from MLB Appraisal and Associates. We are self-proclaimed as the best private forensic appraisal firm in Arizona. Many of the other shops do not even claim a forensic ability and shun away from expert testimony or litigation appraisal. We warmly accept the most complex of appraisal problems.  

Thank you for your time and referrals and please contact us directly with any questions or needed services.

Contact Lauri directly at 928-978-1092 or at 928-978-1092.



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