Home Seller Factors that Determine Appraisal Value

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Well we all know about Comparable Prices in a subdivision or similar construction of homes nearby that do affect a homes appraisal value and I as your Realtor® can help a Seller with that, but what are some other factors that an appraiser will use to determine value of a Seller's home? (Photo-Home Value by Nattanan Kanchanaprat from Pixabay)

The HomeSmart International Marketing Team wrote on May 6, 20221, "The process of selling a home includes a dedication to time, expense and energy. You need to take care of everything from inspections to legal procedures to listing your home. Before you perform any of these steps, however, you need to get a good idea of what your home’s real value is and take the necessary steps to help you attract potential buyers. (

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There is a wide range of factors to consider, but here are just a handful to give you an idea when deciding to appraise your home to find out its overall valuation."
1. Comparable Prices: Review what other similar homes in the subdivision built by the same builder or other similar homes in surrounding communities recently sold for.  HomeSmart also listed these other factors:

2. Location, Location, Location: "The location of a home plays an important role when it comes to selling it. Homes in more desirable parts of town where crime is low and proximity to markets, schools and hospitals is close, will be more in demand than other homes. Live near an ocean or mountain range? Those factors can help as well. On the flip side, if the home is located in an area known for crime, it could be detrimental to the value.

Better Location Means a Higher Appraisal Price

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A similar constructed home in a great location even in the same neighborhood, especially with a view, will usually mean a higher appraisal price than the same home built elsewhere without the view or a different area.


3. Overall Market Conditions: Another factor to consider is whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market when you plan to sell your home. Since the market does fluctuate (and has seen unprecedented change in the last year), it helps to keep an eye on things as much as possible.


During a buyer’s market, a greater number of sellers will flood it, so buyers obtain a variety of benefits when purchasing a house. When a seller’s market takes over, and fewer homes are available, they have more leverage to negotiate through the process including higher values than what’s originally bid.


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4. Construction Quality: The foundation of your home is also another factor to think about when determining the value. Concrete, brick, wood—these types of materials can cause the value to drop or rise. For instance, concrete homes feature a higher price and are a preference to homebuyers due to their sturdiness and safety compared to wood. To get into the nitty-gritty of a valuation, an appraiser will also look for leaks, faultiness in wires or the durability of the roof.


5. Heating and Cooling: If your home has heating and cooling amenities attached, it adds to the sale price of your house. If your house has central heating and air, it gives an advantage to home sellers. For a home with modern amenities, such as high-tech security systems, skylights or various luxury touches, they all help to raise the appraisal value.


6. A Home’s Design: From old-fashioned charm to modern flair, your home’s design can also play a role in its valuation. Does your home showcase a style that appeals to buyers currently in the market? Does your home feature what people are looking for in today’s real estate landscape? If so, construction style, fashion and interiors can change the current market value of a home."


After you’ve appraised your home and have an idea of what you could get for it, the next step is to put it on the market. When you’re ready to sell, reach out to me, Jeff Masich with the Arizona Homes and Land Group, HomeSmart to assist you in every step in the process. With expert advice and an emphasis on communication, you’ll take advantage of the highest quality help available.


Many homeowners choose to try selling their home by themselves to keep their closing costs down. However, getting the help of your Realtor® (me) is the best way to get the highest proceeds for your home by bringing in qualified buyers and getting the most people seeing your home as possible through the MLS (alternate meaning "More Lucrative Sale") and thousands of real estate websites around the world. After all, selling one's home for the highest market price and subsequently getting the most proceeds from the sale or "money in their pocket" at the end of the day is what a Seller really wants.


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Jeffrey Masich, Associate Broker, REALTOR®, MBA, GRI, BS Accounting


Scottsdale, Arizona






Comments (5)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

All important points in a normal market but in the current market almost all the normal goes out the window

Jul 30, 2021 01:02 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

It sure seems that way Ed Silva . Although, I still hold my breath until the appraisal comes in. Jeff

Jul 30, 2021 02:47 PM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Jeff some great points made here.  Bill 

Jul 30, 2021 03:51 PM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

Thank you Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog it is certainly more than just what similar homes are selling for although that is a major component. Upgrades, lot location not to mention those "views" all play a big part in the value. Jeff

Jul 30, 2021 06:16 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share.

Take care, be safe and have an outstanding weekend.

Jul 31, 2021 11:15 AM