An Interview With a Home Appraisal Expert

Our recent appraisal discussion with Mark Durden from D.S. Murphy.

Today I have the pleasure of being joined by Mark Durden, a certified appraiser and consultant from D.S. Murphy & Associates, to talk about his background in the appraisal industry, the path that led him to where he is now, and all of the different appraisal challenges people are facing in the market.

Cited below for your convenience are timestamps that will direct you to various points in the video. Feel free to watch the full message, or use these timestamps to browse specific topics at your leisure:

0:40 — How long has Mark been doing appraisals and what types of appraisals does he specialize in?

1:45 — Are homes still selling above list price? How does that affect appraisals?

3:17 — How does Mark factor renovations and updates into his appraisals?

4:05 — Why are homes with pools so desirable to today’s buyers?

4:35 — Some of the best ways to improve your home’s value in the eyes of an appraiser

5:45 — Wrapping things up

If you have any questions for us about the appraisal process, feel free to reach out to Mark at (404) 932-3399 or

If you have any other real estate-related questions for us, don't hesitate to reach out via phone or email. We look forward to hearing from you soon.