Low-ball appraisal: Mortgage denied

by The Niche Report magazine30 Mar 2012

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- You find the home of your dreams. You're pre-approved for a mortgage. You've scheduled the closing. Then ... the appraisal comes in too low and the deal blows up. 

Even as some mortgage standards have eased, hitting a needed appraisal value is proving a frustrating blocker for buyers and sellers and those looking to refinance. If a buyer commits to a $200,000 home, but the appraisal comes in at just $180,000, the bank will finance only on the lower value -- and the buyer must come up with the difference.

Leslie Sellers, a real estate broker in Clinton, Tenn., has a client who recently went to contract on a Norris, Tenn., home. The appraisal came in 10% short.

"I explained to the appraiser that houses in Norris are older and sell for higher prices than other parts of the county," said Sellers, past president of the Appraisal Institute, a trade group. "[The appraiser] told me he was going with his value. We lost the sale."

The banks are one reason appraisals are coming in low. If they have to repossess a home, they don't want to get stuck with one worth far less than the mortgage.

"It's not like the lenders say, 'We want you to come in low,'" Sellers said. "It's more like, 'We want you to account for everything.' Some appraisers hear that and overcompensate."

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COMMENTS

  • by Carolina Pascua | 3/30/2012 12:08:06 PM

    What can you do that is how the valuation is being done, value depends on the activity around the property, no activity equals to less value too.

  • by B.C. | 3/30/2012 4:40:16 PM

    “I explained to the appraiser that houses in Norris are older and sell for higher prices than other parts of the county,” said Sellers, past president of the Appraisal Institute, a trade group.

    I suppose Sellers provided comparable sales to support his opinion. Appraisers cannot, and Sellers should know this based upon being the past president of the Appraisal Institute, just decide to adjust without support.

  • by P Oed appraiser | 3/31/2012 1:18:08 PM

    Sellers, Pay backs are hell. What did the Appraisal Instiute do while the industry was gutted? I know, you opened up your own AMC! no doubt. I'm disgusted with what is going on in this "once" profession. You sat back and let Dodd/Frank/Cuomo walk all over your membership. Gee, Dodd & Frank aren't running again. And Cuomo, who's been in recent political ads as though he is the second coming of Christ, has ownership in AMC's.
    Nice, and we are out of business soon to be replaced by on line data and the National Association of Realtors (BPO's), for the NAR it can't happen soon enough. They are offering a NEW class, BPO certification. Why? Try to develop a more credible product. Now, that's incredible!
    In the end Mozillo (Countrywide) is close to his wish of getting rid of appraisers that were thought at the time to only be slowing things down. They ( major lenders) hadn't figured out a MERS like entity to streamline the valuation process, only the recording process. Now with their ownership allowed in the AMC's, like the MERS entity, their costs are lowered. (The banksters no longer paid recording fees to the counties thanks to Mortgage Electronic Registration System, MERS). Yet the consumer is paying MORE for their appraisals and the appraiser, the one's who remain, are chosen by the AMC's by low bid. Go figure. No life ain't fair, here is another example.

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