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Appraisal Toolkit: Determining a Homes Worth

Appraisal Toolkit: Determining a Homes Worth



Comparable homes should be of a similar size
 and condition, as well as be in a similar neighborhood.
Purchasing a home is a large financial investment. Between down payments, mortgage rates and closing costs, it's important for homebuyers to make sure they're paying the right amount. Many factors go into a home's worth, whether it's current market conditions, location or any number of other components. When coming up with a purchase offer, prospective buyers should take these factors into account.

Compare properties
One way to decide if a home's price is fair or not is by comparing similar properties that have been sold in the area. Comparable homes should be of a similar size and condition, as well as be in a similar neighborhood. Another option is visiting similar homes that are currently on the market, comparing and contrasting to see if the price of the home you're considering is in line with the rest of the market. Real estate agents can be valuable sources of information when it comes to comparing home prices, since they should have a wider knowledge of home sales in the area than the average home owner.

Understand the market
If a home seems overpriced, it might have less to do with the actual property and more to do with current market conditions. For instance, if housing inventory is limited, properties will be worth more money due to higher demand and less stock. However, if it's a buyer's market, meaning there are more people trying to sell their homes than purchase, buyers will have greater flexibility when it comes to negotiating a price.

Rely on property appraisal
Mortgage lenders require professional home appraisers to inspect a property before going through with a deal in order to protect their financial interests. After all, no lender wants to provide a large amount of money toward a property that will not recoup its costs if sold. Home appraisers are licensed professionals who act as objective third parties during the process, detailing a home's value. Appraisers not only take into account similar properties, but the real estate market as a whole. Appraisers also look at the condition of the property, the area it's in and any issues that might reduce its value.
Fred Yancy, Broker
Crye-Leike Realtors
(678) 799-4663
http://fredyancy.crye-leike.com

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