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An appraisal is the process of determining an opinion of value of a property in question. Mortgage lenders typically require an appraisal be performed to determine a property’s fair market value. The appraisal ensures that the lender is not loaning more than a property is worth. In addition, some real estate offers include a contingency for appraising at or above the offer price.

An appraisal is completed by an independent third party. During the appraisal, a variety of factors are taken into account including, but not limited to:

  • Age of the home
  • Size of the home, including square footage, lot size, the number of bathrooms and bedrooms, and other key factors
  • A comparison of similar homes in the neighborhood and their recent selling price

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