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
$288,421
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,802
SQFT
673 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$324,990
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
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7057 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$284,994
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
7044 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$329,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,363
SQFT
663 Python Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
$310,270
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,236
SQFT
7024 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$312,478
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,544
SQFT
7014 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
Price Change - yesterday
$299,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,040
SQFT
7007 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$289,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,635
SQFT
6997 Demeter Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
Camden Manor 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
 
$310,235
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,443
SQFT
555 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS 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
 
$310,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,033
SQFT
510 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$327,527
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,077
SQFT
455 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
$239,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,972
SQFT
400 Dutchview Drive
Atlanta, GA 30349
WHISPERING WILLOWS Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$261,290
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3225 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$277,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3216 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$278,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,522
SQFT
3220 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$257,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3213 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Open House 10/26 at 1PM
$280,508
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3200 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$286,258
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3247 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
$271,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,487
SQFT
3239 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$290,182
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,545
SQFT
3217 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3251 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$272,803
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
3204 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$267,389
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,108
SQFT
3243 Camden Court
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$268,789
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,122
SQFT
7143 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$282,173
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,260
SQFT
7139 Glaspie Way
Atlanta, GA 30349
Kingsland Subdivision
Short Sale
$225,900
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
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6690 Mancha Street
Atlanta, GA 30349
Heritage Park Subdivision
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
6679 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
$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
6687 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
$162,490
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
2273 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
$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
Price Change - 3 weeks ago
$252,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
3,006
SQFT
4244 Sublime Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Pittman Park Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$232,397
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,920
SQFT
5054 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$233,352
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5065 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$230,110
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5048 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$235,897
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5059 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$231,852
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5057 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$236,397
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5055 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$235,897
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,950
SQFT
5053 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$232,586
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,976
SQFT
5035 Rapahoe Trail
Atlanta, GA 30349
Parkway Villages Subdivision
$230,526
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
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
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$178,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,896
SQFT
6061 Hemperly Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
MORNING CRK Subdivision
Short Sale
$135,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
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
$224,775
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,862
SQFT
862 Blue Hill Lane
Atlanta, GA 30349
Riggins Ridge Subdivision
Short Sale
$160,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,808
SQFT
3027 Sable Run Road
Atlanta, GA 30349
SABLE CHASE Subdivision