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Can you hire your own appraiser?

Last Updated: 6th February, 2020

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You can hire your own appraiser, but mortgage lenders will also order their own appraisals of the property you own or want to buy. And it's this lender-ordered appraisal that matters in real estate transactions.

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Subsequently, one may also ask, can a borrower choose their own appraiser?

For all practical purposes, the appraisal belongs to that lender because the borrower cannot use it with another lender. While nothing prevents borrowers from purchasing appraisals on their own, lenders will not accept them, which means that they will have to pay for a second appraisal when they apply.

does the bank choose the appraiser? In most residential property transactions you are able to choose your real estate agent and your lender, but you cannot choose your appraiser. Instead the appraiser must be chosen by your lender to provide a level of independence from the buyer and seller.

Regarding this, do you pay for your own appraisal?

For most loans, your lender chooses an appraisal provider, so appraisal fees depend partly on who your lender uses. You typically can't shop around for a less-expensive appraiser. You can hire your own appraiser, whether you're buying or selling.

Can you request a different appraiser?

And if you aren't satisfied, you can ask the lender to send another appraiser. An appraisal is not a home inspection. The two are totally different. The appraiser's job is to observe the house in its current state, compare that with similar homes in the area and come up with a valuation.

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Malin Krasny

Professional

Does messy house affect appraisal?

Unless the amount of clutter begins to affect the structural condition of a home, it will not affect an appraisal. The cleanliness of a home also has no impact on the value. It is not uncommon for an appraiser to walk into a cluttered, messy home.

Bibi Miheev

Professional

Do appraisers work for lenders?

Most appraisers used to work independently or on behalf of lending companies. Now, AMCs find work on behalf of appraisers, usually contracting it out to them. Because AMCs set lower rates, many lenders work through them now.

Myron Hampeter

Professional

Can a bank use an appraisal from another bank?

Most banks don't accept appraisals done for other banks or lenders. In most cases, you cannot use one single home appraisal, however well-written and recent, at different banks.

Nisri Riss

Explainer

Can an appraisal be transferred from one lender to another?

A consumer seeking a mortgage cannot write a check directly to the appraiser nor can it paid in cash. In other words, in order for an appraisal to be transferred from one mortgage company to another, the original mortgage company has to release the appraisal and then new mortgage company has to accept the appraisal.

En Copovi

Explainer

What should a real estate appraiser look for?

How to Choose a House Appraiser
  • Look for someone with experience appraising your property type.
  • Request recommendations from real estate agents.
  • Ask questions based on your appraisal needs.
  • Talk to several different appraisers.
  • Confirm the appraiser's license or certification.
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Nahla Amiano

Explainer

Why would you hire an appraiser?

Their job is to give you an estimate of the true value, or fair market, of a home. Mortgage agencies will always ask for an appraisal in order to ensure that the money a borrower is claiming is appropriate to the worth of the house. In order to do that, mortgages need to have objective information to work with.

Gisela Intxaurdi

Pundit

What happens if the appraisal comes in low?

A low appraisal is bad news because the lender will only provide a loan up to the appraised value, overriding your agreed-upon purchase price.

Tasawar Bertholdt

Pundit

Who selects an appraiser?

Unless you're paying cash for your home (and thus not taking a loan), you'll have to go through the appraisal process. While the appraisal fee is typically paid by the buyer, the lender chooses the home appraiser to be sure it won't be biased in the buyer's favor. Appraisers must be a neutral party.

Shuli Gordibar

Pundit

Is the appraisal fee refundable?

The fee for an appraisal is not a profit generator for your lender. It is a cost of doing the loan, and the fee goes to a third party. So the lender does not have this money to give it back to you. Refunds for appraisals are not generally issued, but you are entitled to a copy of the appraisal.

Hongjun Pasamon

Pundit

Who pays appraisal fee?

The cost of home appraisals depends on the property value, location, and size of your property. They cost a few hundred dollars and typically the buyer pays the fee at closing, although you can opt to pay it up-front.

Yanzhen Galioto

Pundit

How much does a reappraisal cost?

A typical, single-family home appraisal will range from $300 to $450 and can vary depending on a number of factors, including the size of the home, the value of the property, condition of the property and the level of detail involved in the appraisal. A large home or property can impact the cost of the appraisal.

Alhaji Gorostiaga

Teacher

When should I pay appraisal fee?

A: An appraisal is not part of the closing cost. It has nothing to do with the seller, it is ordered by your Lender and payment is due regardless of the outcome. It is typically paid by the buyer unless specifically negotiated ahead of time to be paid by the seller.

Patrocinio Eikmeier

Teacher

Should you get a house appraised before you buy it?

Lenders always require a home appraisal before they'll issue a mortgage because they want to protect their investment; if the actual market value of a property is lower than the sales price and if the buyer defaults on the mortgage, the lender won't be able to sell the property for enough money to cover the loan.

Yufei Aubin

Teacher

What is HR appraisal salary?

Definition: Appraisal-Related Pay
In other words, it is money paid to someone relating to how well one works. This pay system is built on the premise that reward can bring right behavior and money is a powerful incentive to increase the efforts can employee can make on behalf of the organization.

Everett Neiber

Teacher

How much does it cost to have jewelry appraised?

Typical Cost for Appraisals
According to The Knot, most appraisers charge by the hour or charge a flat rate for their services based on the complexity of the job. Most charge between $50 and $150 per hour.

Artai Polishchuk

Reviewer

Does appraisal fee count towards down payment?

FHA Minimum Down Payment
Any deposit (usually called earnest money) that you are required to give to your realtor at the time of an accepted purchase contract will count towards your 3.5% down payment. The appraisal fee collected at the time of inspection will also count towards your 3.5% down payment.

Aleida Lippe

Reviewer

How much is an antique appraisal?

How Much Do Antique Appraisals Cost? Appraisers often charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for their services. The total cost usually ranges from $125 to more than $300 based on the expertise required. Many appraisers will ask you to email a photo upfront so they can determine whether it's worth it for you to hire them.

Yusef Sogo

Reviewer

What hurts a home appraisal?

Comparable homes or comps are one of the most important factors affecting appraisal value. An appraiser will take a close look at recently sold, nearby homes with similar bedrooms, bathrooms, updates and square footage to your home. The value of these homes can provide baselines for appraisal value.

Natashia Sambad

Reviewer

Do appraisers take pictures?

Appraisers are required to take pictures of the exterior of your house. In the interior, they are required to take enough pictures to support the condition rating, with a special focus on bathrooms, kitchen, and other improvements.