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House appraisal cost ?

Asked by Bt, nj ny Fri Jan 11, 2008

House appraisal cost ? How much would it cost for a house apprisal. How close should be the offer price to the apprisal price.

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Thanks for clarifying, handsome. :)
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Hi Bt,

I can answer this since I'm both.

A single family appraisal is $275-$300 right now. A 2-4 family is typically $400-$500. A relocation appraisal is typically $500.

And, I have to disagree with Elvis on this one. Appraisal is ALL about market value. You are far better off with an appraisal than a CMA. It is unbiased and objective. It is also far more in depth, and is a real value. Unfortunately most CMA's done by real estate agents have an agenda. To get the listing. There are some excellent agents who "tell it like it is", but with so many new and inexperienced agents in the workforce, the vast majority of "free CMA"s are worth what they cost. Let's face it, with many sellers, if you give them a true value, you can kiss the listing goodbye. So there is pressure on Realtors, especially new ones, or financially strapped ones, to come up with a "feel-good" value to get the listing.

I don't mean this as an insult to my fellow agents, I'm just being honest. And yes, there are experienced agents who know their areas like the back of their hand, who don't inflate to get the listing, and whose opinions are as good as that of a trained appraiser, maybe even better. But these are standout agents who have been in the business for a long time and have a lot of integrity. You have to remember, it only takes a few weeks to get a real estate license. There is no way an agent who has been in the business for 2 years or less is going to produce a CMA that I would have any faith in. Yet due to the extremely high turnover in our field, the typical agent is fairly new.

Finally, if your dealing with any important matter that could involve litigation, a CMA is utterly worthless. An appraisal by a licensed appraiser is mandatory in this arena.

-Marc
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
allow me to clarify...

the $315,000 appraisal came from offer #1, who DID back out of the deal, when they heard the appraisal. I tried to reason with the appraiser who came from 35 miles away, but to no avail.

we then accepted offer #2, who's appraiser was more local, and appraised the home @ $400,000 (in my opinion, just about right, and consistent with my comps), that buyer went forward, and we closed last week.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Zillow figures can be off over 20%. No automated valuation method can substitute for market data.

It seems that you are looking for someone to be able to tell you a firm number. But, the fact is.......we don't make the market. A Realtor can prepare a CMA, and an appraiser can prepare an appraisal. Nothing, not Zillow's report, the Realtor CMA, or the appraiser's opinon of value determine what a buyer will pay.

The market sets value as a result of the collective activity of all buyers and sellers who are currenty make the market. And, markets are always in flux. There is no magic pill. I wish there were......but there is not.

You can put your property out for sale, but if the exposure is limited, the response is not a true read of the market. Only with true market exposure can you hear what the market says back to you.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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In our area we have found them to be off as much as 5 - 20%. You really need a Realtor or an appraiser to interpret the data.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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How close are the estimate value from trulia, zillow, domania etc ... etc and other sites ??? to the actual apprisal done by the lender/banks and how close should the offer price be for a home FSBO.
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The fee range quoted on this thread is consistent with my experience for an average sized home in the Marlboro area.

When the appraisal is done first, without a contract in hand, I see a wider variation between the contract price and the appraisal figure. I have also seen appraisals done by more than one appraiser and seen a range of $30,000.

The truest testament to market value is when a property is given aggressive exposure to the market and buyers vote (or don't) with their dollars. An appraisal is an opinion of value. A buyers voting dollars, when it is an arm's length transaction in an open market, is a statment of actual value. As the stats for actual value are recorded, markets trend up or down.

Appraisers are given a copy of the contract when they come to appraise a property for a lender. There are times when the appraisal may not come in high enough to support the purchase price, but it doesn't happen often.
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Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Red Bank, NJ
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An appraisal on a single family home usually runs from $350- $500. An appraisal is an opinion of value based on a snapshot in time on the current comparable sales. An offer can range from right on to maybe 5 - 10 % off the value depending on the market place. It really depends if the market is headed up or headed down.
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Pam Winterba…, Real Estate Pro in San Ramon, CA
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Bill,

Yes. I just sent you an e-mail. Call me.

Rafi Footerman
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2008
Hey Rafi, did you use to work for a company called ceridian?
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Elvis wrote:
I just had an appraisal on a 4-bedroom, 3-bath split level home in Skokie (nearby suburb) totally rehabbed, new granite/ss kitchen, 3 new granite/marble baths... and the appraisal came in at $315,000. I just sold the house for $385,000.
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Now, when that happens here, if there is a bank involved and they buyer is borrowing 80%, there's a problem. Even with a cash buyer, which we frequently have here, I've had buyers who offered that much over the price of the appraisal (which many cash buyers do have done) back out or renegotiate.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2008
Actually if he used comps in a different school district, they weren't good comps... And if he failed to use good comps once they were provided, he needs a nice therapeutic back massage.

-Marc
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 12, 2008
the appraiser was wrong... there were 3 other buyers lined up to pay our price, once we lowered our price below $400,000. The appraiser was from too far away, in a different community and while he did have some decent comps, they didn't take school district into account (mine was Evanston school, his were Skokie schools). He didn't understand the local barriers and values, and as you can imagine that makes a difference.

I offered him the comps that I had and their explanations, but he wasn't interested in hearing them. (which I can understand... nobody likes to be told how to do their job).

Honestly, for $315,000 I would have written him a check myself.

btw... interesting side point, when the final buyer's bank's appraisal came in.... $400,000!!! surprise!
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Concession accepted and recorded with the Trulia archival curator.

Nonetheless, if the appraiser says $315,000, he must have comparables that show it. He may be wrong, but probably not. I can't describe to you the voracious hellfires that swirl about us when we appraise a house too low and a deal implodes. Think Nazgûl from Lord of the Rings. We get it from every direction.

By the way, just because a willing buyer and seller meet on a price does not mean that it reflects the market at large. Buyers DO overpay, sometimes drastically. A home purchase can be like a wedding day, lots of emotion, absence of reason.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jan 12, 2008
[ Appraisal is ALL about market value. You are far better off with an appraisal than a CMA. ]

how about I concede that a "good" appraisal can be an excellent representation of market value, just as I think you'd agree that a good CMA from a good agent can be just as accurate.

Unfortunately, most of the appraisals I've seen done, at least in my area, have also had their own agenda, depending on who hired them and what they're trying to appraise for.

I'll give you a living example. I just had an appraisal on a 4-bedroom, 3-bath split level home in Skokie (nearby suburb) totally rehabbed, new granite/ss kitchen, 3 new granite/marble baths... and the appraisal came in at $315,000. I just sold the house for $385,000. Those trulia agents who work in Skokie will tell you that $315,000 for a 4/3 in rehabbed condition in Skokie is waaay underpriced.

So one of us is wrong, but since I actually found a buyer willing to pay, and a seller willing to sell... I think I've achieved the definition of market value.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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Marc is right on target for your first question. As to your second, your offer price depends on YOUR opinion of the value. The nice thing about the appraisal is that it's unbiased and generally (if it's a good appraiser) is very close to market value. Remember, market value is "what a ready, willing, and able buyer is willing to pay". That is where you come in. Only you can decide what you are willing to pay.

Generally, offering a fair price and standing firm is the best approach. However, some people like to negotiate and no strategy works in all cases. That is the benefit of using a good Realtor.

Best of Luck!

Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections
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NJ Home Inspector Lic. #076900
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2008
Appraisal has very little to do with "market value". If you're planning on having a home appraised, in order to figure out market value, you'd be better off having a few realtors do market analysis for you (typically free), and take a consensus from those.

Unfortunately, market value can be somewhat subjective, and is not an exact science.
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Alan May, Real Estate Pro in Evanston, IL
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I see the cost of Appraisals about $350 to abot $500. Depending on the lender.
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Could be $350 to $500. Some lenders are offering FREE Appraisal but be careful because the devil can be in the details! Check everthing out for yourself first!

Bets wishes;

Dirk Knudsen
"The Real Estate Doctor"
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