Still A Disconnect Between Home Appraisals And Owners’ Estimates

Posted by Michael Bates on June 14, 2017 No Comments
Categories : Residential Mortgage

According to Quicken Loans‘ latest National Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), home values continue to lag owners’ expectations: Appraised values were an average of 1.93% lower than what homeowners expected.

The gap between estimated value and appraised value, on a national level, continued to widen for a sixth consecutive month, the company notes.

Appraisals are falling further from owner estimates, but they are rising higher each month. Home values rose an average of 0.63% in May and increased 4.92% year over year, as measured by Quicken Loans’ National Home Value Index (HVI).

Despite the national average, perceptions varied across the country. In Denver or Dallas, appraisals were nearly 3% higher than expected, while in Philadelphia or Baltimore, appraised values were more than 3% lower than what homeowners estimated.

“It’s important for consumers to see the HPPI and not only think about the difference in perceptions, but the different perceptions across the country,” says Bill Banfield, Quicken Loans’ executive vice president of capital markets. “Home values, and home value changes, vary widely depending on the city you’re in. Homeowners, and those looking to buy a home, should keep a close eye on their local market to better understand home values in their area and the trend they are on.”

Home values rose at a national level, according to the Quicken Loans HVI, which measures home value changes based solely on appraisals. Nationally, appraised values increased 0.63% from their level in May and rose 4.92% when viewed annually. The Northeast was the only region measured that showed a home value loss, with appraisals dropping 1.63% since the previous month.

“The strong demand for housing, paired with the low levels of inventory, continues to push values higher,” Banfield adds. “Prices are rising as values push higher, making many parts of the country enticing markets for sellers. Many owners will find that they can get more than expected out of their home.”

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