Buying Your Home - 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 an edge over new homes. The trade
group's figures show the median price of resale homes increased 4.3 percent
between 1999 and 2000, compared to 2.8 percent for new homes in the same
What's a house worth?
A home ultimately is worth what
someone will pay for it. Everything else is an estimate of value. To determine a
property's value, most people turn to either an appraisal or a comparative
market analysis. 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 $350. A
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 property appraisers office, 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 the home's size and square footage, the condition of the home and
neighborhood, comparable local sales, any pertinent historical information,
sales performance and indices that forecast future value.
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 historic public records of home sales to
produce the statistics. Some services offer an actual estimate of value based on
acceptable software appraisal standards. They also depend on historic 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
home. Remember, there are so many factors that are considered by real estate agents and appraisers when determining a price and relying on a computer that hasn't even been inside the home to see it can be a mistake and lead to false expectations. Please be careful when using the internet to determine value!!
What is the difference between list price, sales price and
The list price is a seller's advertised price, a figure
that usually is only a rough estimate of what the seller wants to get. Sellers
can price high, low or close to what they hope to get. To judge whether the list
price is a fair one, 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 (cma) 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, 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 also can
research this yourself by checking on recent sales in public records. Be sure
that 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 $350 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 their real estate agent as well as inspections and county permit records.
It also is important to examine the property yourself a few different times. Neighbors are also an invaluable source of information. 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
records but again, be careful with this route. When in doubt, call a Realtor!
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 $300 to $400 in the Sarasota area. 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.