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What is a Home Appraisal?

If you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, one of the things that’s going to affect you on either side is the appraisal. So I’m going to do a short chapter, series, number of episodes on appraisals and tackle some of those frequently, commonly asked questions or situations that come up in the appraisal process.

First things first, what is an appraisal?

An appraisal really is an opinion of value. It is the most objective opinion of value because it is made by an uninterested party, right? It’s not what the seller thinks the property is worth. It’s not what the buyer thinks the property is worth. Nor is it what the agent thinks the property is worth. It is really an opinion of value by a an educated appraiser who only does appraisals. They are not involved in the transaction and it’s based on the comparable sales around the property. So, you cannot use a property that’s 50 miles away. You cannot use a property that is unlike the subject property. But it is an opinion of value, so they’re not always going to be exactly the same, but they have to use information to back them. If you’re curious about how appraisals work, what goes into the appraisal process and how it can affect you. If you’re a buyer or seller follow along for the whole series and I’m going to answer all the questions you can think of about appraisals.