Owners Question Appraised Values: Too Low?

Homeowners say their homes are worth more than what appraisers say they’re worth, and the gap between the values is growing, according to Quicken Loans’ latest Home Price Perception Index.

Appraisals, on average, were 1.77 percent lower than what homeowners expected, according to the index. This marks the fourth consecutive month in which the gap between homeowner estimates and appraiser opinions has widened.

That said, appraisals are showing higher values than what homeowners expected in some of the hottest housing markets, mainly on the West Coast, according to the index reading for March.

Source: Quicken Loans

Appraisers, Owners Out of Sync on Home Values

Home owners may be increasingly overvaluing their homes. Appraiser opinions of home values were 2.33 percent lower than home owners’ estimates in July, according to Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index. The gap between home owner estimates and appraiser opinions were nearly double the gap between the values in May.

“Many home owners around the country are seeing the national headlines about home value increases and they are optimistic about their equity increasing,” says Bob Walters, Quicken Loans chief economist. “While some areas are seeing the same level of home appreciation, or even more, there are also some areas that have slower home value increases. This can lead to home owners and appraisers not quite seeing eye-to-eye.”

“A slowing of home value increases adds to the misunderstanding of local home values,” Walters says. “Appraisers are viewing the housing industry every day; they know when home values growth may be slowing. Home owners may think values are still skyrocketing, when they have instead returned to more healthy appreciation in their area.”

Source: Quicken Loans

Home Owners, Appraisers Disagree on Prices

The gap between appraiser and home owner perceptions over the value of homes continued to widen for the fourth consecutive month in May, according to Quicken Loans’ national Home Price Perception Index. Appraisal opinions of home values were 1.15 percent lower than home owner estimates in May. The latest reading on the index marked the first time in nearly two years where appraisal opinions were lower than home owner estimates by at least 1 percent.

Still, despite the widening perception gap at a national level, appraiser opinions remain higher in the majority of metro areas examined, a report on the index notes.

“The HPPI, more than anything, is a reminder that there is no such thing as a national housing market,” says Quicken Loans Chief Economist Bob Walters. “Every city, and every neighborhood, moves in different directions based on local factors. Consumers need to remember to watch their local area closely to understand the direction their market is heading.”

Source: “Home Owner, Appraiser Home Value Opinion Continues to Widen,” Quicken Loans (June 9, 2015)