Appraisals & Market Value
What is the return on new versus previously owned homes?
into a new-home community may seem riskier than purchasing a house in an
established neighborhood, but any increase in home value depends upon the same
factors: quality of the neighborhood, growth in the local housing market and the
state of the overall economy. One survey by the National Association of
Realtors shows that resale homes do have a slight edge over new homes, however.
What is a house worth?
A home is worth what
someone will pay for it. Everything else is an estimate of value. To determine a
property's value, an appraisal or a comparative
market analysis is conducted. An appraisal is a certified appraiser's estimate of the value
of a home at a given point in time. Appraisers consider square footage,
construction quality, design, floor plan, neighborhood and availability of
transportation, shopping and schools. Appraisers also take lot size, topography,
view and landscaping into account. Most appraisals cost about $300.
comparative market analysis is a real estate broker's or agent's informal
estimate of a home's market value, based on sales of comparable homes in a
neighborhood. Most agents will give you a comparative market analysis for free.
You can do your own cost comparison by looking up recent sales of comparable
properties in public records. These records are available at local recorder or
assessor offices, through private real estate information companies or on the
What standards do appraisers use to estimate
Appraisers use several factors when estimating a home's value,
including number of rooms and square footage, the condition of the home and
neighborhood, comparable property sales, historical information,
sales performance and forecasts of future value. For detailed
information on appraisal standards, contact the Appraisal Institute at 200 W. Madison, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60606, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. CT; 888-7JOINAI (756-4624).
I find out the value of my home through the Internet?
You can get some
idea of your home's value by searching the Internet. A number of Web sites and
services crunch the numbers from public records to
produce the statistics. Some services offer an estimate of value based on
acceptable software appraisal standards. They also depend on home sales
records to calculate the estimate. Neither of these services produce official
appraisals. They also don't factor in market nuances or other issues a certified
appraiser or real estate professional might in assessing the value of your
What is the difference between list price, sales price and
The list price is a seller's advertised price. Sellers
can price high, low or close to what they hope to get. To judge whether the list
price is fair, be sure to consult comparable sales prices in the area. The
sales price is the amount of money you, as a buyer, would pay for a property. The
appraisal value is a certified appraiser's estimate of the worth of a property,
and is based on comparable sales, the condition of the property and numerous
What are the standard ways of finding out how much a
home is worth?
A comparative market analysis and an appraisal are the
standard methods for determining a home's value. Your real estate agent will be
happy to provide a comparative market analysis which is an informal estimate of value
based on comparable sales in the neighborhood. Be sure you get listing prices of
current homes on the market as well as those that have sold. You can
research this yourself by checking on recent sales in public records. Be sure you are researching properties that are similar in size, construction and
location. This information is not only available at your local recorder's or
assessor's office but also through private companies and on the Internet. An
appraisal, which generally costs $200 to $300 to perform, is a certified
appraiser's opinion of the value of a home at any given time. Appraisers review
numerous factors including recent comparable sales, location, square footage and
How do you determine the value of a troubled
Buyers considering a foreclosure property should obtain as much
information as possible from the lender, including the range of bids expected.
It's also is important to examine the property. If you are unable to get into a
foreclosure property, check with surrounding neighbors about the property's
condition. It also is possible to do your own cost comparison through
researching comparable properties recorded at local county recorder's and
assessor's offices, or through Internet sites specializing in property
What is the difference between market value and appraised
The appraised value of a house is a certified appraiser's opinion
of the worth of a home at a given point in time. Lenders require appraisals as
part of the loan application process; fees range from $200 to $300. Market
value is what price the house will bring at a given point in time. A comparative
market analysis is an informal estimate of market value based on sales of
comparable properties, performed by a real estate agent or broker. Either an
appraisal or a comparative market analysis is the most accurate way to determine
what your home is worth.