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The Appraisal & Its Impact on the Home's Sale

by Lori Madden 12/06/2020

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As the home buying process nears the closing, both buyers and sellers need to prepare for the appraisal. This often the last step the lender requires before approving financing for the buyer, so it’s an important part of the home sale process.

What is an Appraisal?

An appraisal is an unbiased, professional evaluation of the value of a home or other piece of real estate. It takes a look at the property, its physical characteristics and the local market conditions to determine the fair market value of a property.

How Is an Appraisal Different from an Inspection?

The appraisal is similar to an inspection, but it is a separate step. In an inspection, the inspector is looking at details about the home and its condition that make it safe or unsafe to live in. The inspector is also comparing the home to current building codes to make sure the home is up to current safety standards.

An appraiser is simply looking at the home’s market value. The appraiser has rigorous training to learn how to evaluate property values and puts that to work to evaluate yours.

How Does the Home’s Appraisal Impact the Home’s Sale?

Lenders want to know that they’re lending no more than the home’s actual value, because they don’t want to have a borrower upside down in a home loan at any point. If the home does not appraise for what the buyer is offering, the loan amount will not be approved. This either means the buyer can walk away or the buyer and seller can renegotiate the terms to match the appraised value.

How to Improve the Appraisal Value on a Home

Sellers who are worried that a home may appraise too low can take some steps to improve the appraisal value. Repairing cracks in the plaster or stains on the wall, for instance, before the appraisal can help improve its value. Odors and staining on the carpeting should also be addressed before the appraiser comes. Improving curb appeal and showing details about improvements and repairs that are high in value are also helpful in boosting the home’s potential value.

The home appraisal is a critical step, and often one of the last hurdles between initial offer and closing. Both sellers and buyers need to understand this step, so they can avoid unhappy surprises when the appraisal report comes back. If a home is competitively priced and well taken care of, the appraisal shouldn’t be a problem in the overall sale of the home.

About the Author
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Lori Madden

As a Florida native growing up in Sarasota, I have seen my hometown grow from a sleepy coastal town to a highly sought-after destination along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. After working in Chicago for 5 years, I returned to Sarasota and saw it through a new lens and really began to appreciate what makes Sarasota so desirable, including temperatures that allow for year round outdoor activities including tennis (a personal favorite), golf, boating, kayaking, fishing, paddle boarding, or just relaxing and/or shelling on our pristine sandy shores, including Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the United States for 2017, Siesta Key! Sarasota’s cultural amenities are many and diverse, appealing to a wide range of arts lovers. Downtown Sarasota has become a destination in itself, drawing many new developments for those who want to be within walking distance of Main Street's offerings and the picturesque bayfront and marina. Foodies will find an eclectic mix of locally owned and operated restaurants offering something for everyone, and there are now Farmers Markets every day of the week in various locations throughout Sarasota, but the Saturday morning Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota draws the biggest crowds. Since 1988, my passion has been selling real estate, representing both buyers and sellers. I have been recognized by my clients and customers for an uncompromising work ethic and dedication to helping them achieve their real estate goals. Relying on my experience as a real estate paralegal and being highly organized, I am able to help make the transition between contract and closing a smooth one for my clients. With an eye for interior and landscape design, I've been known to pitch in and help Sellers minimize and/or reorganize their belongings in order to stage their home to maximize its sale potential. I specialize in out of state buyers looking for their piece of paradise along the Gulf Coast and make it a priority to keep them up to date on our quickly changing local real estate market. I welcome the opportunity to share with you all Sarasota and her surrounding islands have to offer!