In today’s real estate market, low inventory and high demand
are driving up home prices. As many as 54% of homes are getting offers over the
listing price, based on the latest Realtors Confidence Index from the National
Association of Realtors (NAR). Shawn Telford, Chief Appraiser at CoreLogic,
“The frequency of buyers being willing to pay more
than the market data supports is increasing.”
While this is great news for today’s sellers, it can be
tricky to navigate if the price of your contract doesn’t match up with the
appraisal for the house. It’s called an appraisal gap, and it’s happening more
in today’s market than the norm.
According to recent data from CoreLogic, 19% of homes had
their appraised value come in below the contract price in April of this year.
That’s more than double the percentage in each of the two previous Aprils.
The chart below uses the latest insights from NAR’s Realtors
Confidence Index to showcase how often an issue with an appraisal slowed or
stalled the momentum of a house sale in May of this year compared to May of
If an appraisal comes in below the contract price, the
buyer’s lender won’t loan them more than the house’s appraised value. That
means there’s going to be a gap between the amount of loan the buyer can secure
and the contract price on the house.
In this situation, both the buyer and seller have a vested
interest in making sure the sale moves forward with little to no delay. The
seller will want to make sure the deal closes, and the buyer won’t want to risk
losing the home. That’s why it’s common for sellers to ask the buyer to make up
the difference themselves in today’s competitive market.
Whether you’re buying or selling, let’s connect so you have
an ally throughout the process to help you navigate the unexpected, including