As a Seller, What Can You Do if Your Home Appraises Low?

As a Seller, What Can You Do if Your Home Appraises Low?

  • 03/25/24

A low appraisal can be a stumbling block in the selling process, but there are strategies to address this issue effectively. Relying on the expertise of a knowledgeable real estate agent is key to navigating this challenge.

As a Seller, What Can You Do if Your Home Appraises Low?

When faced with a low appraisal, sellers have several options. This guide outlines practical steps, emphasizing the crucial role of a real estate agent:

  • Understanding the appraisal report
  • Challenging the appraisal
  • Negotiating with the buyer
  • Adjusting the sale price
  • Improving the property

Here’s a closer look at each.

Understanding the Appraisal Report

The first step is to thoroughly review the appraisal report with your agent. Understand the factors that led to the low valuation. Your agent can help interpret the report and identify any discrepancies or overlooked features.

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Challenging the Appraisal

If there are errors or overlooked aspects in the appraisal, your agent can assist in challenging the report. They can gather comparable sales data and other relevant information to support a higher valuation.

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Negotiating with the Buyer

Your agent can negotiate with the buyer's side to find a solution. This might involve the buyer making up the difference in cash, splitting the difference, or other creative solutions that your agent can propose.

Adjusting the Sale Price

If negotiation isn’t fruitful, you might consider lowering the sale price to the appraised value. Your agent can provide market insights to help you decide if this is the best course of action.

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Improving the Property

Another option is to make improvements to the property to justify a higher valuation. Your agent can advise on which improvements might have the most impact on the home’s value.

FAQ About Low Home Appraisals

Check out these commonly asked questions about dealing with a low home appraisal.

What Factors Influence a Home Appraisal?

Factors influencing a home appraisal include the property's condition, location, size, recent home sales in the area, and current market trends. Your agent can help you understand how these factors affected your appraisal.

How Can I Challenge a Low Appraisal?

To challenge a low appraisal, work with your agent to gather evidence such as recent comparable sales, errors in the appraisal report, or additional features of your home that weren't considered. Your agent can then present this information to the appraiser or lender.

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Is It Always Advisable to Lower the Sale Price After a Low Appraisal?

Lowering the sale price is not always advisable. Your agent can help assess the market and your situation to determine if it's the best option, considering factors like market demand and your selling timeline.

Can Renovations Increase My Home's Appraised Value?

Certain renovations can increase your home's appraised value. Your agent can advise on which improvements are likely to have the greatest impact based on current market trends and buyer preferences.

How Important Is an Agent’s Role in This Situation?

An agent's role is crucial in navigating a low appraisal situation. They provide expertise in market analysis, negotiation, and developing strategies to address the appraisal issue effectively.

Navigating a low home appraisal as a seller can be challenging, but with the right approach and the guidance of a skilled real estate agent, you can find the best solution to move forward with your sale in Scottsdale's dynamic real estate market.

Are You Buying or Selling a Home in Scottsdale?

If you’re selling a luxury home in Scottsdale, we can help. You can use our home value calculator to get a ballpark idea on what your home may be worth – and you can call us at 602-694-3200 to talk to a REALTOR® about how we can market your home to all the right buyers.

If you're also looking for a new home, we’ll be happy to show you the homes that interest you most. While you’re here, explore all our Scottsdale real estate listings or look in specific communities:

Don Matheson
REALTOR® | Founder
The Matheson Team
RE/MAX Fine Properties
21020 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
[email protected]


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