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A home appraisal is a value analysis of your house from a licensed or certified appraiser hired by the lender during the home purchase or refinance process.

The lender requires an accurate appraisal of their home because it’s offering a mortgage and wishes to make sure it isn’t committing too much money to the buyer. The appraisal can also be very important to the buyer and seller as an appraisal value that comes in lower than the agreed-upon cost could prompt a buyer to reopen price negotiations.

An appraiser typically evaluates the house –exterior or inside –conducts study and addresses some special requests from the lender.

A buyer pays the cost of the evaluation, which is typically several hundred dollars.

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The appraisal takes place as early as possible after the 2 parties agree on a price tag, allowing enough time to organize a home trip and creation of this report. A lender will pick a home appraiser who will contact the seller to decide on a time and date for a home visit.

A uniform residential appraisal report–which generally looks like this template from Fannie Mae, a government-sponsored firm that backs many mortgages–normally depends upon those factors:

An appraisal review. Traditionally, appraisers review both the exterior and interior of a home to make sure it’s in good structural shape, to verify there are no security problems, to make notice of the number of rooms and also to see if there were significant updates since the last real estate transaction. The appraiser typically takes photographs of the many areas of the home during the walk-through. The appraiser handles the home trip individually, but homeowners might be present, particularly if they are still living in the home. Buyers can request to be present, even though it’s not common.

Appraisal visits to government-backed loans may vary from those that conventional loans. As an instance, an appraiser who is compiling an account for the FHA-backed loan should examine utilities and appliances to make sure they are in working order, per government guidelines. VA loans have a comparable list of prerequisites for an assessment.

Concerns about the coronavirus havechanged the appraisal process, at least briefly. As an instance, the appraiser might be permitted to do an alternative assessment, which might rely on an exterior inspection combined with photos and/or videos of the inside of the home from the seller.

Research. An significant part the appraiser’s value determination is that the cost of comparable homes sold in the property marketplace. The most relevant ones have many of the very same characteristics as the home in question and therefore are in the area or just one nearby.

To get comparative information, appraisers typically review government documents as well as home sale data from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). MLS is a real estate agent which includes residence listing and earnings advice published by real estate professionals. Even though the database is private, much of the information is available online at no cost.

Valuation Approach. The appraiser might determine that the sales comparison approach is the most suitable way to assess value or might have a cost-based strategy, which can be an indicator of what the cost is to build the home today combined with the value of their property.

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