“The Appraiser Screwed Us!”

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“The Appraiser Screwed Us!”


The appraiser screwed us! My Realtor says the property is worth every bit of $290,000 purchase price, but to come in with a value of $265,000 is crazy. The Realtor gave a copy of the appraisal to the selling agent but not sure where it goes from here. I remember Janice telling me one of the offers they had was all cash, but not sure of the amount. She is telling the other side that we will have to pay the appraised value. Will keep you posted.

It is certainly easy to blame the appraiser for an appraisal that comes in less than a purchase price or your estimate of value in a refinance. However, an appraiser can only use comparable sales that are similar to the subject property and within a certain radius. If there are better comparable properties outside the radius, they most likely wouldn’t be used.

I had conversations with both Realtors about the appraisal, both feel the appraisal is wrong. I asked them to get me some additional comps and explain why they should be used instead of what the appraiser found. I will send them into the appraisal management company to review. The information must be compelling otherwise the value will remain the same.

In the current environment of multiple offers, appraisal issues can happen.

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Joe... I feel as if I have this conversation at least once a day... there is a difference between what someone believes a house is worth to them and what a forensic appraisal will value it.

Nov 10, 2020 03:14 AM #1
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Joe. Sometimes when the appraisal is low, who do you have to blame. Sometimes the appraiser and sometime the agents and the seller. Enjoy your day!

Nov 10, 2020 04:14 AM #2
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

I have had 3 appraisals on home that I have challenged and won in every case. Appraiser in my market have been very conservative in the valuations.

Nov 10, 2020 04:40 AM #3
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Often my concern with Multi Offers  +/or  Escalating Clauses . You can only escalate it so far  and then it won’t Appraise !

Nov 10, 2020 06:30 AM #4
Lorrie Semler, REALTOR® in the Dallas area. Call/text 972-416-3417
United Real Estate - Addison, TX
Real Service. Real Results. Real Estate

Sometimes it's right to blame the appraiser, but you can't just look at the valuation amount. Check the comparables used and, if necessary, point out why they're not good comps.

Nov 10, 2020 07:18 AM #5
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
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Good morning Joe Petrowsky  love the post. I was selling real estate back when appraisers would hesistate before raising the value by $100. Now some agents expect and demand another $10,000

Nov 10, 2020 08:39 AM #6
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