Real Estate Appraisal

One of the most critical parts of getting a mortgage is the Appraisal. The purpose of an appraisal is to confirm he home value for the lender.

An appraisal is a professional estimate of the value of the property that you are planning to purchase.

According to Wikipedia:

Real estate appraisal, property valuation or land valuation is the practice of developing an opinion of the value of real property, usually its Market Value.


The need for appraisals arises from the heterogenous nature of property as an investment class: no two properties are identical and all properties differ from each other in their location – which is one of the most important determinants of their value.


SO there cannot exist a centralized Walrasion auction setting for the trading of property assets, as there exists for trade in corporate stock. The absence of a market-based pricing mechanics determines the need for an expert appraisal/valuation of real estate/property.


If the appraiser’s opinion is based on Market Value, then it must also be based on the Highest and Best use of the real property.

Appraisal Related Links / Resources:

What do Appraisers Look For When Determining A Property’s Value?

Most people are surprised to learn what appraisers actually look at when determining the value of a real estate property.


A common misconception homeowners generally have is that the value of their home is determined after the appraiser has completed their phyusi8cal property inspection. However, the appraisers actually already has a good idea of the property’s value by the time they have scheduled an appointment to stop by the property.

Five Myths About Home Values

Regardless of whether home prices are going up or down based on outside economic factors that impact housing markets, appraisers have continued to follow a standard set of guidelines and best

practices to determine values.


The following questions / myths about real estate appraisals should

help clarify why your property’s value isn’t necessarily where you

think it should be:

Understanding The Difference Between A Neighborhood Comp vs Actual Appraisal

Why is there such a difference between what my appraised

value is and the price similar homes are selling for on my street?


It’s a great question, and you don’t have to be a mortgage professional

or a real estate agent to understand the answer. The

distinction lies in the purpose of the two valuations and who is

responsible for creating them.

How Do Mortgage Companies Value A Property That Hasn’t Been Built Yet?

It’s obviously easier to picture the process of estimating value

on an existing property in a neighborhood that has a history

of home sales, but the task of determining the value on new

construction projects does pose some challenges.


Appraisals on homes that haven’t been built yet generally require

the contractor and home buyer to supply more documentation

in order to get a more accurate estimate of the

property’s value.

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