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The Appraisal Center was established as The Appraisal Center of Middle Georgia, Inc in 2006 by Joseph (Jody) Cagle. In the years since, the company has grown to include multiple residential specialists and an entire commercial division to handle non-residential assignments. In 2020, the company expanded to cover areas outside of Middle Georgia and the name was changed to The Appraisal Center, Inc. We currently cover more than four states for commercial appraisals and more than 20 counties in Georgia for residential valuations.

Our founding appraiser, Jody Cagle, is a third generation real estate professional. Growing up in a real estate office in Warner Robins, Jody often found himself showing properties to out-of-town clients by riding along with them and giving directions before he could even drive. Afternoons were often spent reading old MLS books and pulling comps intended for reports going to local Savings and Loans in the years before FIRREA required appraisal licensing. After graduating with a degree in Chemistry in 2001, Jody found the familiarity of Real Estate to be more personally rewarding than working in a laboratory. In 2002, Jody began the lengthy process of training to become a Certified Residential appraiser. Over 20 years later, he still loves the appraisal profession. As a founding member of the Georgia Coalition of Appraisal Professionals and a member of the American Guild of Appraisers, he continues to give back to the profession by training new appraisers and networking with appraisers throughout the country to lobby and support the appraisal industry.

We are dedicated to helping you along every step of the appraisal process. No matter whether it is your first purchase or if you are a seasoned real estate professional we are here to help you. Buying and selling can be daunting. A professional appraisal can give you the peace of mind needed to help you make the best financial decisions.

We are very fond of old-school customer service, but we are a modern firm using up-to-date technology to get the most accurate data possible. We understand that markets are constantly in flux and we stay informed with current market conditions to give you real up-to-date information. We stay involved with our local transactions throughout the process and we consistently network directly with market participants to develop real world valuations. Sometimes we miss the simplicity of pencil and paper, but outdated adjustments and theories are just not part of our practice. Every appraisal is well supported with local knowledge gained over a lifetime of experience in the local market area.


A few of the most commonly asked questions

An appraisal is an unbiased and professional opinion of the value of a property, conducted by a licensed appraiser. Appraisals are typically required for various real estate transactions, including refinancing, home equity loans, and property sales.

The duration of an appraisal depends on various factors, including the size and complexity of the property, the availability of necessary documents and information, and the appraiser’s workload. Generally, appraisals take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to complete.

The cost of an appraisal varies depending on several factors, such as the type of property, the purpose of the appraisal, and the location. You can contact our team for a personalized quote for your appraisal needs.

To ensure an accurate and efficient appraisal process, it is recommended that you prepare relevant documents such as property deeds, tax assessments, and home improvement records. It is also important to ensure the property is clean and well-maintained.

Appraisals are necessary for a variety of real estate transactions, such as refinancing, home equity loans, property sales, estate planning, and tax assessments. An appraisal provides an unbiased and professional opinion of a property’s value, which is important for making informed decisions related to real estate.

Our team of licensed and certified appraisers is highly trained and experienced in accurately assessing the value of properties. We follow strict industry standards and regulations to ensure that our appraisals are accurate and reliable.

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In addition to standard appraisal services we also provide consultation services, building/house measurement services, building/house plans and specs review, appraisal review.

Looking to relocate, call us for a consultation. You don’t have to get a specific appraisal, but we can discuss market data to help you make an informed decision.

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