share of our everyday practice is concentrated in the
field of Relocation Appraisal, and we handle a
significant volume of relocation assignments throughout
the Greater Pittsburgh area. Our Relocation Clients are
both local and worldwide, and we place a high priority
on delivering a reliable finished product in a timely
manner. In each assignment, we make every effort to
examine all data that is relevant; from sales data and
current listings to recent improvements made by the
homeowner in an effort to incorporate into the finished
Whether you are being transferred by your company, or
you are a representative from one of our Corporate
Relocation Clients, our objective is to gain a solid
understanding of the subject property, and present a
well supported and reasonable value estimate for our
The following frequently asked questions will offer
additional information you may require.
Where are you located?
Kline Lewis, LLC has offices in Mount Lebanon (South
Hills Office) and on Perry Highway in Wexford (North
Hills Office) in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, PA
Whom from your office handles Relocation Appraisals?
Aaron R. Kline is an approved appraiser on many
relocation panels and performs all relocation
assignments that are received by our firm.
What is your experience / background in relocation?
Mr. Kline has been appraising since 1984, and since then
has handled thousands of relocation assignments
throughout Greater Pittsburgh and Southwestern
What is involved in a typical assignment?
We make every effort to inspect the property
immediately. Included in the actual inspection is
gathering specific data with regard to construction
quality, overall condition, site improvements, features
(such as fireplaces, deck, patio, built ins, paddle
fans, etc). We also will photograph each room, measure
the exterior of the dwelling for a gross living area
calculation and photograph the exterior of the subject.
Back at the office, we conduct an investigation of what
has taken place in the local market (the study of recent
comparable sales) as well as what is occurring today
(competing listings). We also investigate the local
economic conditions, recent history within the
neighborhood, current supply/demand and additional
factors that are relevant to the value estimate
What is needed from the homeowner / transferee?
We always request the following items; a deed, a survey
of the property, and a list of all recent improvements /
upgrades made since purchase. We do not need to take
with us a copy of the deed or survey. Reading the
important information is adequate. As for the recent
improvements, a written list is always helpful. We want
to make sure we give credit for all the upgrades that
are done to your home. Please remember that value may be
added from the smallest repair or improvement, so every
item might be important regardless of cost or scope of
Many transferees offer several recent sales and/or
listings for the appraiser to consider. Usually these
are provided by your realtor. As an appraiser, it is my
responsibility to accept all sales data submitted by the
transferee and consider for use in the appraisal report.
How long does this process take?
Once we receive an appraisal request from our relocation
client, we will schedule within 24 hours. Normally, we
can deliver electronically a completed appraisal report
within 48 - 72 hours of our physical inspection of the
Is the appraisal process confidential?
Each appraisal assignment is indeed confidential between
our relocation client and the homeowner/transferee. The
work we submit is sent ONLY to our client and is held in
This is a brief overview of the more common questions we
receive during phone interviews with potential
transferees. Hopefully, many answers can be found here.
That said, we recognize that each property is different
with unique circumstances, and homeowners/transferees
want to feel comfortable in dealing with a relocation
appraiser. We encourage you to call our office to speak
directly with Aaron Kline, should there be concerns or
more information needed. We will be happy to answer any
additional questions you may have.
amount of our appraisal work comes from the lending
community. Our clients include both local and national
brokers, banks, credit unions, etc. We pride
ourselves on performing professional appraisal work in a
timely and courteous manner. The counties that
comprise our servicing area include Allegheny, Beaver,
Butler, Washington and portions of Lawrence and
Westmoreland. Also, KLINE LEWIS has created
a spin-off division, The Appraisal Servicing Group, that
can assist our clients in obtaining appraisal services
nationwide. Please call for more information on
The Appraisal Servicing Group. Typically, we
deliver a finished report within 72 hours of inspecting
the property. Our fees are reasonable and
competitive, and references are available upon request.
|KLINE LEWIS can
handle appraisal needs for a number of different
purposes. Some of the most frequent include appraisals
to discontinue Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI),
Foreclosures, Estates, Tax Appeals, Legal
Issues/Disputes. We also offer court testimony
(when needed). Several of our clients do not
require a full appraisal but rather, consulting
services. For example, a homeowner attempting to
determine what improvements should be made without
overspending, or a real estate investor trying to set
fair rents for an apartment building. Our staff
can handle these assignments in a consulting capacity as
a complete appraisal.
We Service the
following counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania (Greater
Butler, Lawrence, Armstrong, Washington, Westmoreland.