Hey, Buyers: Check Out these Home Appraisal Tips

There’s always some feature of a house that makes the buying process deeply personal for you. Maybe it’s the walk-in closet or the dreamy bathroom, where you immediately envision yourself taking hot, relaxing baths.

So, you finally chose a house and have decided that this is the “one”. The only concern now standing in your way is the worth of the house that must be near the mortgage value. A harsh reality is that lenders see your house as collateral. For some reason, if you are unable to make the mortgage payments, there’s a possibility that the lender might foreclose or sell the home to recoup the loan.

This is why you need to make sure that your Sandy Springs home for sale is valued above the purchase price before the contract is signed. Following are some appraisal tips that will help you in buying a house:

The Home Appraiser Is the Third Party… Sort of Like Switzerland

Before the purchase agreement is signed or the lender approves your loan, an obstacle that you need to cross is an appraisal, which is done by the appraiser. The appraiser assesses the value of the house according to his findings and sides with neither the seller nor the buyer.

Tip #1

Be Prepared for the Appraisal Payment

While there’s no rule per say of who might pay for the appraisal, it’s usually the buyer who ends up making the payment. The fee is typically included in the closing costs. However, you can ask the seller if he is willing to cover this payment. An appraisal usually costs from $287 to $373.

Tip #2

An Appraisal Takes Time

The purchase agreement includes a clause that allots 14 days to the home appraisal. The appraiser visits the Sandy Springs home for sale, writes a report, which takes a week due to the busy housing market and then gives you a detailed analysis before the contract date is due.

Tip #3

The 3 Possibilities and How to Tackle Them

The appraisal report is provided to you and the seller, and details the methodology the appraiser used to evaluate the Sandy Springs home for sale along with comparable home sales. There are three ways this report can go:

  1. The Appraisal Value Matches the Purchase Price –You will get the loan immediately and can proceed to buying your house
  2. The Appraisal Value is Higher than the Purchase Price –Congratulations! You now have equity
  3. The Appraisal Value is Lower than The Purchase Price –Say, the appraisal is short in $15,000 on a $250,000 house, what are you supposed to do now? Don’t worry, there’s still time to turn this deal around in your favor

Tip #4

Coming Up With the Difference

So, the appraisal didn’t go as you planned. Here are your three options:

  1. You can negotiate with the seller and tell him to lower the purchase price in exchange of favors that he might be offering
  2. You can go for a re-appraisal (remember, the cost will be out of your pocket)
  3. You can come up with the difference from your savings account

If you feel that your dream house is slipping through your hands, negotiate with the seller. Come prepared with knowledge about the real estate market value and comparable sales. Need to get your dream house appraised? Head on over to America’s Network Reality Group Inc. and get a quick appraisal from experts.

Homes for sale in Atlanta

Price
Beds
Baths
For Sale / All Types
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$210,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,601
SQFT
6796 Foxfire Place Place SW
Atlanta, GA 30349
COOKS LANDING Subdivision
$283,951
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$330,349
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
7064 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$299,026
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$310,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
7024 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$312,132
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$301,438
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Foreclosure
$215,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,080
SQFT
6629 Overlook Ridge
Atlanta, GA 30349
Cooks Landing Subdivision
$4,000,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
7
BED
9
TOTAL BATHS
15,159
SQFT
4690 Thompson Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$12,500,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
9
BED
14
TOTAL BATHS
26,000
SQFT
4965 Butner Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
$263,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3205 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
KINGSLAND Subdivision
Short Sale
$195,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,639
SQFT
432 Hammock Loop
Atlanta, GA 30349
 
New Listing - 22 hours online
$274,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Short Sale
$209,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,676
SQFT
2927 Chilhowee Drive
Atlanta, GA 30331
Legacy at Cascading Creek Subdivision
$245,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,404
SQFT
3492 Dacite Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Flat Shoals Manor Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6679 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6683 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$167,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2205 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$174,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6790 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
6687 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6742 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
6735 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$176,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,217
SQFT
2281 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$169,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,000
SQFT
2285 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 Creel Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
Short Sale
$220,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,425
SQFT
6901 Talkeetna Court SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Falls At Cascade Subdivision
$167,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
505 Hererra Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,200
SQFT
210 Rivermere Way
Atlanta, GA 30350
Gates on the River Subdivision
Short Sale
$129,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,162
SQFT
6111 Lamp Post Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Buffington Park Subdivision
$224,420
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5001 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$215,892
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5026 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$224,196
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5042 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$224,788
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5034 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$226,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5044 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$226,496
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5013 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$223,846
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5017 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$222,536
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5025 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$223,536
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5031 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$230,586
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5035 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$232,696
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5037 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Short Sale
$115,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,912
SQFT
2180 Crossrail Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Fairfield Square Subdivision
$211,775
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,176
SQFT
4065 Alveston Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Riggins Ridge Subdivision
Short Sale
$135,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,660
SQFT
4765 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,046
SQFT
4307 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$329,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,759
SQFT
4288 Bellwood Circle
Atlanta, GA 30349
Stonewall Manor Subdivision
$212,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,006
SQFT
5015 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$208,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4960 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
$229,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,050
SQFT
4915 Buckeye Place
Atlanta, GA 30349
Creekside Subdivision
Price Change - a week ago
$354,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
787 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$333,840
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,331
SQFT
6312 Jasper Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$348,841
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,433
SQFT
775 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$284,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,237
SQFT
763 Red Wolf Run
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$355,676
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,760
SQFT
112 Old Wolf Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Wolf Creek Chase Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5618 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5622 Livesage Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Union Crossing Subdivision
$425,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
5667 Eternal Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
UNION CROSSING Subdivision
$360,670
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
359 Woodmill Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision
$362,750
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,905
SQFT
354 Woodmill Way SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Summit At Stonewall Tell Subdivision

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