Appraisal Toolkit: Determining a Homes Worth
|Comparable homes should be of a similar size|
Â and condition, as well as be in a similar neighborhood.
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.
propertiesOne 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.
the marketIf 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.
on property appraisalMortgage 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