Can I post an appraisal on line to warn other potential buyers?

Asked by Lissadl, San Pedro, CA Mon Apr 20, 2009

House I had a purchase agreement for ended up appraising at $35k (6%) less than the purchase price. Loan officer even submitted a rebuttal letter with other comps for lender to review. Review came back the same as initial appraisal. Seller won't budge. I am furious with our agent (he is also the seller's agent and it appears did not tell us the truth about A LOT of things) and am thinking about filing a complaint against him. But I also want to warn other potential buyers about this house. The initial asking price was $628K, they lowered it to $599K, and accepted our offer of $575K but appraisal comes up at $540k. I don't want another buyer to go through all of the BS that I went through only to find out this house is only worth $540k and seller won't budge. Please advise.

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Dot Chance, Agent, Burbank, CA
Mon Apr 20, 2009
Lissadl, I'm so sorry that happened to you. It is unlikely that another buyer will come up with the cash OVER what the appraised value of the house is.

Out of curiosity, where would you post this? If it were me I would go back to the listing agent and tell them they need to work this out. Did they offer to get another appraisal done?
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Mario Villag…, , Burbank, CA
Mon Apr 20, 2009
I'm sorry you went through this experience. This is one reason of many why buyers should use a buyer's agent and avoid a situation where there could be a conflict of interest. The bottom line answer to your question is that you paid for the appraisal and therefore you can do whatever you want with it. If you wanted to post it online then it is entirely up to you. As the seller or the seller's agent I would not like you very much but eventually they will sell it for what they can get. If someone buys it and for more because they are willing to then your appraisal or a new one will not matter to them. Let's face it some people get emotionally involved in the purchase and they don't care if an appraisal report tells them that it is currently worth less. If the seller isn't willing to drop the price and the buyer really wants it then the buyer will probably come up with more cash to make the deal happen.
Good luck searching for your next house and remember to choose your Realtor carefully. I don't work the Harbor City area but if you need my help maybe I can send you a referral.

Mario Villagran
(818) 416-7511
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