Posted by genieSABRE on Nov 11, 2012
Appraisal & Assessment Values

Appraisal & Assessment Values

The Difference Between Appraisal And Assessment Values

Source:     Hannif Highclass c/o Genie Sabre Realty Inc.
Publish:     Toronto Real Estate Blog

When buying or selling a home, you sure learn alot of new words. ARM, loan limits, adjustments, mortgage interest adjustment, buyer agency….the list doesn’t end. However, there are two terms that you will always hear which you need to pay attention to: Appraisal and Assessment. These processes are a must to complete a home purchase and are often deciding factors for buyers and sellers.

Hannif Highclass, Broker / Owner at genieSABRE Realty, provides and explanation, as well as a contrast between the two terms.

Appraisal and assessment values are typically mistaken for one another. As a home buyer or home seller, it is helpful to understand the difference between these two terms. The following is the difference between appraisal and assessment values.

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Definition Of Asessment Values

“Towns and cities charges a tax on residential homes. The calculation of the tax is derived from a percentage multiplied by an assessed value of a piece of property. Assessments are used strictly for levying taxes and does not actually reflect the real estate market condition. Every municipality calculates assessed value using different formulas. They usually include land area, interior living area, and exterior amenities such as garages. Marshfield, MA, the area where I live and work, can re-assess home values and/or increase the property tax percentage at regular intervals.”
Definition Of Appraisal Values

“An appraisal is a estimation of a home’s market value by a licensed professional employing specialized methodologies. Lenders obtain the services of appraisers to determine the value of a home as opposed to to the sale price. Appraisers always review at least three other houses that recently sold within the same city. Since a town or city’s real estate market can change constantly within a time frame, comparing relevant sales is vital to a valid appraisal.”
The Difference Between Appraisal And Assessment Values

“The actual price of a home is ascertained by what a buyer is willing to pay, which can adjust at any time depending on related factors such as availability of options. Buyers should avoid relating assessed values with the price of real estate. Assessed values are used only for tax purposes and do not adjust as often as the real estate market does. Some towns infrequently change assessed values and regularly increase tax percentages instead. Only an appraisal can generate a true indication of the market price of a home.”

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