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Skint, Home Buyer in California

we offer a house around 500k and got approve by the seller but the appraise value was the same

Asked by Skint, California Fri Feb 13, 2009

we offer a house around 500k and got approve by the seller but then the appraise value was the same and has no equity i was thinking if ishould buy it or not?

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Understand you wanted immediate equity, but there are many properties appraising BELOW agreed upon sale price. The bank will only loan to the appraisal price, so many appraisers are taking the conservative route and appraising to the "sale price" even though there may be a bit of equity. Check the comps and know if it's good for you, regardless of the appraisal.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 4, 2012
Equity is a figment of you imagination, there is no equity until it is realized. The value of the home is what you are paying for it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 15, 2009
You are entitled to a copy of the appraisal report you paid for. I would review the report to see what comparable properties were used as a justification for the value given.

Quite frankly, in this market, I have seen appraisers come in very conservative on their appraisals, because all that is needed to make the deal happen is to come in at the purchase price. However, a review of the properties they used as a basis for their appraisal may reveal that these homes are not as comparable as they seem. Although, a comparable home the appraiser chose may be in the same city, it may not be in as desirable an area as the one you are buying. Many communities, including Hawthorne, have some areas that are much more desirable that others and they are just a few blocks away from each other, yet still be on the "wrong side of the tracks." Also appraisers are comparing homes based on data and driving by the comparable homes sold that in most cases are occupied, therefore the appraisers probably do not see these homes inside. The interior of the home can tell the real story of why the property sold for the price it did, such as poor design layout, bizarre taste in kitchen and bathroom, etc...

Consult your agent for a list of homes that have recently closed in the area you are purchasing. As an active agent in the area, they could give you feedback as to the condition of these homes and how they compare to yours. Then take a drive around and see these properties for yourself.

Good luck with your new home!
Arlene Garcia Hanner, Broker
(800) 783-0038
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 15, 2009
It's pretty typical that an appraiser will just bring it in at value (sale price) but it could be worth more, just not much more. Take a look at the appraisal (comps used) to make your own assesment and also ask questions.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 14, 2009
i was hoping it has equity or something so that i would have some cusion on a down market
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 13, 2009
It amazes me how the appraised value of a house is so often at or very near the purchase price.

One way to understand this is to realize that when a bank orders an appraisal of a property they are in effect asking for a risk assessment. The bank wants to know if investing in this home, and you, is a good risk.

An appraiser only needs to show documentation to the bank that the home is worth what you are willing to pay for it.

A homeowner who pays for an appraisal on his own would probably get a more carefully prepared appraisal.

I hope that helps.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 13, 2009
Skint, you made an offer at current market value and it has been accepted with an appraisal that has verified current market value. Any equity would now be based on your downpayment amount. What was your goal? What area is this home located? -Steve
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Feb 13, 2009
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