What is an appraisal?

An appraisal is an unbiased professional opinion of a home's value and is often used to calcuate property taxes. It is different from a home inspection, which deals with the physical condition of a home.

Who requires an appraisal? Mortgage lenders require an appraisal before they approve a loan. They want to ensure the home's value is comparable to those other homes recently sold in the same area.

Who performs an appraisal? A professional appraiser who is licensed and certified by the state.

When is it required? Anytime a mortgage is involved in buying, refinancing or sellling property.

Who pays for it? The borrower. The cost is typically $300-$450 but can be more, depending on the circumstances. It is usually included as part of the closing costs.

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