Congratulations! If you’ve gotten this far it means you’re past the Inspection Period.
Now it’s time for the appraisal. It is the process of developing an opinion of value for real property. Real estate transactions often require appraisals because they occur infrequently, and every property is unique.
Who orders it? Your mortgage lender is the person who orders the appraisal but will call you to get your credit card at some point to pay for it. Generally, the cost is somewhere between $500 – $700, and it is considered part of your closing costs, even though you pay for it upfront.
A few tips about the appraisal:
- You do not need to attend.
- The buyer’s Realtor does not attend either. Only the seller’s Realtor attends.
- Once you pay for the appraisal, it generally takes about a week before the appraiser comes out to conduct it. After that, it usually takes another week or so for the report to be written. Expect it to take about two weeks from when you pay for the appraisal until you receive the report.
- Once the report is written, it’s given to your mortgage lender. Your mortgage lender will then forward it to you and let you know whether the property appraised at the purchase price, below the purchase price, or above the purchase price.
- If the property appraised at the purchase price, nothing further needs to be done, and the closing process will proceed forward as planned.
- If the property appraised for more than the purchase price, it is a good thing, congratulations! That means we got you a great deal, and you’ll have instant equity in your home on the day you move in!
- If the property appraised for less than the purchase price, we have a problem. That means the bank will only give you a loan for the appraised value. In this case, we then go back and renegotiate the purchase price down with the sellers, ideally to the appraisal price. If they don’t come down to the appraisal price, then you can choose to either walk away and get your earnest money back, or bring the additional funds to closing. For instance, if the purchase price is $500K, but the appraisal only came in at $475K. The sellers won’t go any lower than $480K. You have to decide if you’re going to bring an extra $5K on top of your down payment and closing costs or walk away from the deal.
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