November 1st, 2022 10:09 AM by Sam Kader
An appraisal is an estimation of home's market value done by a licensed appraiser using comparable recent sales of a home in the neighborhood. Real estate brokers cannot perform appraisal. Appraisals are ordered on behalf of a home buyer's lender to protect the interest of the lender. The lender's underwriter will compare the appraisal price to the final sales price of the home to ensure the value of the home is equal to or greater than the loan amount. If the home appraised lower than the final sales price, the home buyer may be able to renegotiate a lower price with the seller. If the seller will not lower the price, the buyer's lender may ask that the buyer put more money toward their down payment in order to make the difference or the buyer can walk-away and receive earnest money back. So in order to set the price of a listing by a buyer and to determine whether that price is at fair market value the respective agents are going to be looking at comparable sales. They will:
Per FNMA guidelines - "Only finished above-grade/ground areas can be used in calculating and reporting of above-grade room count and square footage for the gross living area. Fannie Mae considers a level to be below-grade if any portion of it is below-grade, regardless of the quality of its finish or the window area of any room. Therefore, a walk-out basement with finished rooms would not be included in the above-grade/ground room count. Rooms that are not included in the above-grade room count may add substantially to the value of a property, particularly when the quality of the finish is high. For that reason, the appraiser should report the basement or other partially below-grade areas separately and make appropriate adjustments for them on the Basement & Finished Rooms Below-Grade line in the Sales Comparison Approach adjustment grid."
What Is Appraised Value?Appraisals provide an objective opinion of value but is not an exact science, therefore appraisals may differ. Appraisals are usually based on market value of what the property could probably be sold for in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller, each acting prudently, knowledgeably and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby:
What is a Comparative Market Analysis?