The appraised value of a property is a professional estimate of a property’s market value. It’s based on the recent sales of similar properties, square footage, location, construction quality, and more. An appraisal varies in cost depending on the price and size of the home. Most lenders require appraisals as part of the loan application process.

But don’t confuse the appraisal with market value. The appraised value is a certified appraiser’s opinion of the worth of a home at a given point in time. And it should give you a pretty good idea what your home will sell for. Ultimately, though, your home’s market value is the price a buyer is willing to pay for it. Having your home professionally appraised before putting it on the market will help you and your Texas REALTOR® determine a fair asking price. There are other methods of determining the value of your home, including a comparative market analysis (CMA). A CMA compiles information and sales prices from homes similar to yours from your neighborhood that have sold recently. Many Realtors perform CMAs for clients and potential buyers.

Whether you rely on a CMA, an appraisal, or both, you will be able to price your home according to objective measures rather than a gut feeling or a number plucked from the air. 

This information is provided by the Texas Association of Realtors® website.

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