How can an inaccurate appraisal impact you?

On Behalf of | Apr 29, 2024 | Purchase, Sale And Loan

Buying a property can be an exciting experience but often involves different procedures vital to accessing crucial aspects of the purchase, such as funding. If you are taking out a loan to buy the property, the lender may require an appraisal to help determine the mortgage’s amount. The outcome of this step can be crucial in equipping you financially to push through with the sale.

Unfortunately, the results of this appraisal can be inaccurate. If the difference between the property’s selling price and your mortgage is too significant, it can affect your finances based on the following scenarios:

  • Overvaluation– It can make the property less affordable for you in the long term, making it challenging to refinance or sell it in the future.
  • Undervaluation– It can negatively impact your accumulated equity value, which can become accessible after you sell the property or take out a home equity loan.

Both situations can have disadvantages if you become the property’s owner. Luckily, there are ways to address inaccurate appraisal results immediately after learning about them. Lenders usually provide a step allowing you to point out inaccuracies and request them to reconsider the appraisal value.

This procedure can allow you to raise issues that may have impacted the appraisal process, leading to a severely unfavorable outcome. This step may happen by request or as a feature of the lender’s process overall, making it vital to thoroughly learn about the mortgage procedures.

Knowing how to address appraisal issues

Dealing with appraisal inaccuracies can be stressful, especially if you have no idea what to do about them. In these instances, seeking legal guidance can help you better understand the situation and address concerns appropriately. Experienced advice can also help you determine what to do next, considering your goals for purchasing the property.