In general, it will be quite difficult to sell a home for more than 30% of it's appraised value, not to mention the technical issues of getting loan etc (although if somebody is willing to put a lot down or even all cash, then there is no issue there as far as getting a loan is concerned).
The only way you can sell for 30% more than the appraised value is the house has to be very unique, generate a lot buzz, in a great / unique location (such as gorgeous Golden Gate Bridge view if you are in the Bay Area), have special value (historical building), extremely charming (cute english cottage), etc.
You can see where I am coming from. Very difficult to accomplsh, but I am never the one to say impossible. .
Have you had your home reappraised since you completed the upgrades mentioned? Are other homes in your area selling for above appraised price? What is the saturation ratio of comparable homes available in your area? These are all isssues that a professional realtor can help you sort through.
I would be happy to assist you with a complete market analysis to help you price your home correctly for today's market! Pricing a home correctly for the market is the key to a quick sale!
Prudential First Realty
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Let's see, would YOU pay more for a home than it appraises?
I would like to offer the service of a top Realtor in your area that can analyze your situation and offer your some alternatives. Without seeing the home and knowing the particulars it would be impossible to say for certain.
As an attorney once told me, there is more than one way to skin a cat. (that was for Halloween!)