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what percentage has the housing market dropped in the past 12 months in the bensenville area?

Asked by Susan, Bensenville, IL Wed Apr 23, 2008

(optional)I had an appraisal done by a liscensed appraiser 11 months agothe value was 470,000, now I was told by another appraisser that the house is wprth 290,000. has the market changed that much that the property could be worth almost 200,000 less

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Did you have your appraisal for bank purpose? If so, it seemed that if you would have needed $490,000 you would have gotten that price on your appraisal. They have tightened up with all the financing problems going on now. As far as value goes, call a local realtor and get a CMA (comparative market analysis) this will tell what your home is worth, meaning what a buyer is willing to pay. Then you might get your percentage rate, only if your $470,000 was based on the market. If you are wanting to sell, think of this, you might be losing money on your sale, but you will gain at another purchase if the home is price within the market.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Is it worth $200,000 less? As of April 2008 the properties have dropped in the last 11 months but not nearly the over 40% reflected by your appraisal. An Appraisal is someones opinion so you have 2 opinions and the true value is when you market and sell the property. It is not difficult to research what similar homes are selling for in any area so find a similar home that is in the same condition and as long as it is not a panic sale (foreclosure,short sale etc) you can get a good idea what to expect for you our home. I am writting this as of todays date of Jan 24 2014 and happy to say properties in Bensenville are going up and not down. Call me if you need a accurate market value. Tim Soltys Online Brokers Inc. 630-860-0505
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Hi Susan,

There has been a drop in prices of about 10-12% in Bensenville and surrounding areas as well. The value of your home probably has dropped some in the last two years. However, make sure that the comparable properties that were used in the appraisal are good comps. Some appraisers are not using the best properties to compare houses. The houses should be in the same location and in the same condition. I have had clients tell me that their house was compared with houses that need rehabbing or even in teardown condition. Location plays a part in pricing as well. It sounds like you have done two appraisals with two different appraisers. The first one may have been too high to start with. You should have someone check both appraisers reports to see if they are in the right price range.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 27, 2009
It is probable that the 470K was too high then and that the 290K is too low now and the reality is that it may be worth about 9% less than whatever it was worth 12 months ago. Appraisals are just an educated and certified guess of what it could sell for. They can be all over the place, just like asking 10 buyers what your house is worth and then asking 10 neighbors what it is worth.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 29, 2008
I compared 1st Q/07 to 1st Q/08, Bensenville, Single Family. MLSNI (now MRED) reports the following:

1/01/07- 3/31/07 - Average Sale Price 291,184, Number of Sales 26

1/01/08- 3/31/08 - Average Sale Price 236,700 , Number of Sales 11


Hope this helps.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 28, 2008
Susan, keep in mind that an appraisal is an "opinion" of price. It is based on sourounding comparables sold in the last six months of a given time. Not knowing the specifics of your home it would be difficult to speculate on why such a big price difference. Look at your appraisal report to see what comparable homes were used in the appraisal, and what adjustments were made. Sometimes using a comparable from a particular dividing line in a town could make the difference, if the appraiser is not familiar with the area. Admitedly, Bensenville has been affected not only by the changing real estate market but also by the homes sold to the city of Chicago due to the O'Hare expansion project. I have checked the "average" price of homes sold in Bensenville in the given 6 month time frame for each appraisal, and do not see a percentage drop. This information is not enough however to make a descision on your particular home.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Apr 27, 2008
Yes there may be a difference in appraisals predicated on the purpose. Although this shouldn't be the case in the real world it is. Yes, there has been a tightening of the belt if you will, Bensenville also has some unsusual activity. There was a major increase in the number of properties closed due to acquisitions by the city of chicago. This may of had an effect on your homes value. I too would recommend contacting someone familiar with the market place and take into account all of the dynamics of your local market
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
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