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Ensuring Your Home Appraisal


"What is my home worth" is probably the single most popular question asked when a homeowner in Mesa or nearby southeast valley city decide to put their home on the market. In real estate, finding out how much your home is worth is done through an appraisal, which determines the value of your house in the present day market.


There are several factors taken into account when valuing a home in the valley.


The first is reproduction cost.

Essentially, this is when the appraiser evaluates the current condition of your home to determine how much it would cost to reproduce or replicate the home given today's market conditions. Appraisers take many things into account including workmanship and material costs.


The second most common type of appraisal is the sales comparison approach.


  1. To come up with the market value of your home, the appraiser will measure the exterior walls to determine the square footage of the heated and cooled portions of your home. Homes with a finished area (heated or cooled) in the basement or homes with a second floor will be measured from the inside.
  2. Next, the appraiser will take a tour through your home, making note of all the amenities including fireplaces, insulated windows, garages, pools, and porches or decks. Will this home appraise
  3. Next, they will find at least three comparable properties in your neighborhood that have sold within the past six to 12 months. Comparable means they are similar in age, size, design, construction quality, and amenities. Rarely do the homes match up perfectly, so the appraiser takes this into account, making adjustments along the way.There is a limit to the number of adjustments an appraiser can make, which is why the appraiser will search in the next closest neighborhood if there aren't any homes that are comparable in your neighborhood. Once the appraiser has made all the adjustments, they weigh the differences in each property versus the soon-to-be-listed home and determine a fair market value.


You Need An Accurate Home Appraisal

In today’s housing market, where supply is very low and demand is very high, home values are increasing rapidly. Many experts are projecting that home values could appreciate by another 4% or more over the next twelve months. One major challenge in such a market is the bank appraisal.


When prices are surging, it is difficult for appraisers to find adequate, comparable sales (similar houses in the neighborhood that recently closed) to defend the selling price when performing the appraisal for the bank. Sometimes there is a debate between the seller, the agent, and an appraiser as to the market value of the home.  Even a .5% difference in appraisal can mean thousands of dollars that a buyer or seller would have to come up with at closing (depending on the price of the home)


What is important to note is that price and value are not the same. Your real estate agent's job is to take the appraiser's information and determine a range of value that will sell the home in the right time frame.


It is important to price the home right from the start. Motivated buyers will always choose the home that has the best price for the amount of home. If there are two comparable homes on the market, they want more features for the same price or a lower price for the same features. The home that is priced competitively from the beginning will always sell the fastest.


Want to know what your Mesa/Chandler/Gilbert home is worth in today's market?

We would like to invite you to find out the new value of your home using today's technology at a website we created that will provide you with this information at: 


Get Your East Valley Home Value


Or give us a call for a personalized assessment of the value of your home and we'll start the Comparative Market Analysis process.

Call/ Text Tina Barton 480.242.3079

Call/Text Ron Barton 480-442-2099



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