Hi, my question is that who pay for the appraisal fee on a house? Is it the buyer or the seller? How much roughly does the appraisal fee cost?

Asked by Goldfish, 95111 Wed Feb 15, 2012

This will be a short sale property. Thank you

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Ruth and Per…, Agent, Los Gatos, CA
Tue Jul 30, 2013
Hi Goldfish

If you need a loan as a Buyer it becomes Your Lenders and hence
your requirement, hence you pay.

If you were all Cash you would not be faced with such an issue, unless for your peace of mind you
wanted one done.

It will cost between $400 - $550 for a standard home.

Good luck.

Web Reference:  http://ruthandperry.com
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Grace Hanamo…, Agent, Cupertino, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012

Quick answer: You, as the buyer will pay for the appraisal fee and it's about $500 for an appraisal.

Might I suggest--since I know that you've asked a lot of questions about home buying in the recent past--that you contact and hire a great Realtor to help you. One of the things I provide to all of my buyers are three (3) primers for "Home Buying". One of the documents I send provides buying strategies, another is about short sales and REOs, and the last is about the title and escrow process including the fees that the buyer can typically expect to pay here in the Santa Clara County. I'm sure your Realtor, if you ask, will have similar documents that they can provide to you too!

If you haven't found a great Realtor yet, why not give a few of the Trulia agents here on the site a call and hire a good agent to help you. I promise it will make the process of buying much more pleasant and far less frustrating. A good agent will not only represent you in the sale, but our job will be to educate you regarding the entire process. Believe me, at the end of the transaction--if I've done my job properly--my clients will know as much about buying homes and the process of escrow as I do.

Good luck!!

Grace Morioka
Area Pro Realty-People's Choice
Tel (408) 426-1616

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Terri Vellios, Agent, Campbell, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
The Buyer pays. It is a requirement of the Buyers Lender. Depending on the type of property you can estimate it to be around $500.
Web Reference:  http://www.terrivellios.com
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Colleen Loop, , Saratoga, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
Yes, the buyer pays for the appraisal at the time it is ordered. For an average SFR or Condo it's typically $400-$450 for the report.
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DarthBL, Agent, Dublin, CA
Thu Aug 8, 2013
Usually buyer pays both appraisal and inspection, since the buyer can always buy the house "as is". In a buyer's market, (which we are not in as of July 2013), buyer could negotiate to have the sellers pay for the fees (or anything).
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robindlw23, Home Buyer, Post Falls, ID
Thu Aug 8, 2013
then who pays for the the inspection on the house im buying
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robindlw23, Home Buyer, Post Falls, ID
Thu Aug 8, 2013
who pays for the appraisal fees when buying a home the seller or buyer
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robindlw23, Home Buyer, Post Falls, ID
Thu Aug 8, 2013
would it be the buyer or seller
that pays the appraisal fee
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Leiann, Home Buyer, San Jose, CA
Tue Jul 30, 2013
What if the seller backs out of the deal and the buyer had the appraisal done?
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Usually by the time you do appraisal, the seller has already accepted the offer and it's a binding contract. Seller can back out but it will be a void of contract
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Nathan Wolf, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Wed Feb 22, 2012
Here's a twist: Foreclosure HUD / FANNIE MAE Homes using a HomePath Mortgage do not require an appraisal!

Check out the list of homes in San Jose on http://www.HomePath.com

There are 35 HomePath Foreclosures in San Jose today.

Note: You MUST use a Registered Agent to make an offer on a HomePath / Fannie Mae foreclosure.

In general, the appraisal is the BUYER'S COST. But if you are paying cash, you don't have to get an appraisal. But if you are getting a loan from a bank, the bank requires you to get an appraisal-- and they charge you for it. NOW, the SELLER can pay for it for you-- by giving you Closing Cost Money to help you pay for the Appraisal and other fees from your bank.
Web Reference:  http://www.natewolf.com
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John Sacktig, Agent, New Jersey, NJ
Thu Feb 16, 2012
Woo... a lot of the same answers.

O.k. I'm in too! The buyer pays for the apprasial and it us usually done through your lender.
Unless of course there are some issues and the seller needs to get one.. otherwise, that is part of buyng a home.
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Precise Prop…, Agent, Detroit, MI
Thu Feb 16, 2012
The majority of the time the buyer pays for the home appraisal. This all may vary based on specific situation but the cost roughly tends to be somewhere around $300 - $500. The up front cost for inspection could help to find issues with the property early and save you a lot of money down the road.
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charles butt…, Agent, san jose, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
Thank you , Homebuyer:

The appraisal fee is paid for by the buyer. The fee varies widely. One of the important factors in the amount of the fee is the complexity of the appraisal assignment itself. An appraisal assignment for a single family tract built house in San Jose is generally considered to be a relatively simple appraisal assignment. In contrast, an appraisal assignment for a Mansion in Hillsborough on a 5 Acre Estate is generally considered to be a relatively Complex Appraisal Assignment. the appraisal fees for the Mansion in Hillsborough will be far more.

I will limit my discussion to relatively simple appraisal assignments for tract built single family homes in San Jose.

Appraisals are now ordered through Appraisal Management Companies. Essentially the Appraisal Management Company adds to the cost of the Appraisal because the Appraisal Management Companies expect to make money too, and keep part of the Appraiser's fee for themselves.

For a relatively simple appraisal for a single family tract house, I have seen fees as low as $300 to as high as $600 to the Appraisal Management Company.

I have talked with appraisers who say that they were paid as low as $150 by an Appraisal Management Company that charged $600 for the appraisal, paid the appraiser $150, and kept the other $450 for themselves . I have talked with other appraisers who say they are paid $350 to $450 for a relatively simple appraisal for a single family tract house.

It appears to me that the Appraisal Management Companies who were supposed to be a solution to the problem of poor quality appraisals, have instead become part of the problem, by selecting, in some cases the lowest quality, and lowest level of competence appraisers who are willing to work for very low fees, which permits the Appraisal Management Company to keep more of the appraisal fee for themselves.
Unfortunately, it appears to me that we have a long way to go to make effective resolution to the problems of the current lending crisis.

Essentially, the buyer is expected to pay the appraisal fee, and appraisal fees vary widely depending upon which Appraisal Management Company the lender is using.

Thank you,
Charles Butterfield MBA
Real Estate Broker/REALTOR
American Realty
Cell Phone: (408)509-6218
Fax: (408)269-3597
Email Address: charlesbutterfieldbkr@yahoo.com
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James Mauldw…, Agent, Saratoga, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
Buyer pays. $350-450 +|-
This is a requirement of your lender.

Jim Mauldwin
Intero Real Estate
Web Reference:  http://jimmauldwin.com
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Andrea Wince…, Agent, Milpitas, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
The Buyers lender will require an appraisal as a condition of the loan. They will usually require it to occur within approx. one week of the fully executed purchase contract. The Buyer usually pays this fee directly to the appraiser once it is completed. The cost is approx. $400-$500 or more depending on the sq.ft.
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Hassan Sabba…, Agent, Campbell, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
Buyers pay appraisal fee and it cost around $ 500. Some mortgage Broker will pay it back (whole or some of it) to buyer at closing.
Web Reference:  http://www.homenet123.com
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Bill Phillips, Mortgage Broker Or Lender, San Jose, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
Terri is right, the buyer pays for it, However the amount should be closer to $375 to $450. Keep in mind that even with rates this low, a good Lender will be able to structure your financing and interest rate to credit you with money to pay for the apppraisal and other closing costs. In a recent FHA loan that I closed, we credited an amount to pay for all of the closing costs, including the amount collected for impounds. The buyer literally bought the house for just over 3.5% down.
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Bill Mccord, Agent, San Jose, CA
Wed Feb 15, 2012
The only person who must have an appraisal performed is a Buyer who has to get a mortgage. The Bank will require it. Therefore that person pays for it.
Costs vary between $350 and $550 depending on the type of loan.
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Charlene Wes…, Agent, Valrico, FL
Wed Feb 15, 2012
Hello Bambi.

The appraisal is done as a way of your lender knowing that their interest in the property is secure. It is the bank's objective to know that the home is worth what you are paying for it so they are safe lending you the money to buy it.

So because it is a fee associated with your loan, the Appraisal is typically a buyer expense and it is often collected upfront from your lender. Although fees and rates may vary state to state, I would think that depending on the size of the home a normal appraisal may run you in the neighborhood of $350-550.

I hope this information is helpful to you.

Best of luck
Charlene Weston
Realtor/Team Leader
Weston Group
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