What is a Real Estate Appraisal?

What Is An Appraisal?

If you have bought or sold your own personal residence, investment, or commercial property; you have probably dealt with the appraisal process.


Real estate appraisal, property valuation, or land valuation is the process of developing an opinion of property value based on market statistics and property data


Appraisal reports form the basis for mortgage loans, settling estates and divorces, taxation, and so on.


As the seller or selling agent, even with the most up-to-date information, appraisals can come in with unexpected values.


Buyers cannot choose the appraisal company or the appraiser they use (I will not say that this is 100% of the time, but in most cases where a loan is involved, the buyer will be hands-off and should remain hands-off).


An appraisal is a safety net for the bank and the buyer. The bank needs to protect its loan with a piece of real estate at a specific loan to value.


Establishing Value

The location also plays a key role in valuation. However, since property cannot change location, it is often the upgrades or improvements to the home that can change its value.


Renegotiating the deal after the appraisal can be a struggle. Even though it was offered, the bank will not accept something lower and most of the time the buyer is not willing to come to the table with more money than the home is currently worth.


Buyers and their agents should also do their homework to make sure the offer they are submitting matches the value of homes in the area.


Sellers and listing agents should have comps ready to go in case the appraisal comes back lower than the offer price.


You can submit these comps to the appraisal company to fight the appraisal. The more comparables shared, the higher the chance of an appraisal adjustment.


Although in my opinion there is a better chance at winning the lottery than getting appraisers to adjust their reports.

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