Everyone involved in the sale of real estate has a vested interest in the results of a appraisal. The outcome affects the seller, the buyer, the lender, and even the realtor.
A too low valuation of the property by the appraiser could mean a seller must lower the asking price. For a lending officer, it could mean a lesser commission or none at all. A too high valuation means the buyer could be paying more than the property is worth. For the realtor, his/her commission could go higher or lower, which is based on the purchase/sell price of the real estate.
An appraiser, who should be licensed by the state, performs the property appraisal. It is best to hire someone local with years of full-time experience in order to get a more accurate appraisal. The appraiser and appraisal are governed by the minimum standards, published periodically in the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice by the Appraisal Foundation. The Foundation is chartered by Congress.
The recent real estate bubble, unfortunately, brought problems for appraisers and many involved in real estate transactions. According to Realty Times in their April 2006 issue, appraisers have been routinely asked by lenders to inflate values to keep up with the volatile real estate market. One appraiser in San Diego quit and turned in his license to the state, after being fired three consecutive times for refusing to inflate his valuations. Now, appraisers across the United States are under a microscope from federal financial regulators and Congress. Continue reading
Tip #1: Always Shop For Home Mortgage Rates
Don’t blindly accept a Realtor or Builder referral to apply for a Home Mortgage through their preferred lender. Many times they will say, “We work closely with this guy and he gets the job done”. Translation: “We play golf together and he buys the beer”. Remember, the Realtor won’t be paying the bill each month for the next 30 years, you will.
Mortgage Loan Officers that work off of a referral network of Realtors and Builders don’t have to have competitive Home Mortgage Rates because they have a steady stream of “Drones” (people who are referred to them and don’t shop) calling them. Shop around, get the lowest cost Home Mortgage Rate, then if you are inclined, approach the “preferred” Loan Officer you were referred to and ask him to match the quote.
If you apply for a Home Mortgage through a preferred lender without shopping, you will pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars in additional costs.
Tip #2: Call For Home Mortgage Quotes After 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Mortgage Rates change each day and sometimes midday. The previous day’s rates typically expire by 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Generally, Home Mortgage Rates are published each day by 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. This varies from lender to lender. To make sure you are getting Home Mortgage Rates from the current day and not a mixture of rates from the previous day from some lenders and the current rates from other lenders, always do your rate shopping after 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. Continue reading