Selling Your Property - Appraisals & Market Value
What is the difference between market value and appraised
The appraised value of real property 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.
What standards do appraisers use to estimate
Appraisers use several factors when estimating real property's value,
including the structure's size and square footage, the condition of the structure and
neighborhood, comparable local sales, any pertinent historical information,
sales performance and indices that forecast 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 (754-4624).