What Buyers and Sellers Need to Know about the Appraisal Gap

It’s economy 101 – when supply is low and demand is high, prices naturally rise. That is the simple principle that accounts for today’s housing market. Home prices are appreciating at near-historic rates, and that’s creating some challenges when it comes to home appraisals.

In recent months, it’s become increasingly common for an appraisal to come in below the contract price on the house. Shawn Telford, Chief Appraiser for CoreLogic, explains it like this:

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap | MyKCM

Recently, we observed buyers paying prices above listing price and higher than the market data available to appraisers can support. This difference is known as ‘the appraisal gap . . . ’”

Why does an appraisal gap happen?

Basically, with the heightened buyer demand, purchasers are often willing to pay over asking to secure the home of their dreams. If you’ve ever toured a house you’ve fallen in love with, you understand. Once you start to picture yourself and your furniture in the rooms, you want to do everything you can to land the property, including putting in a high offer to try to beat out other would-be buyers.

When the appraiser comes in, they look at things a bit more objectively. Their job is to assess the inherent value of the home, so they’re going to study the facts. Dustin Harris, Appraiser Coach, drives this point home:

It’s important for everyone to understand that the appraiser’s job in the end is to remain that unbiased third party, to truly tell the client what that home is worth in the current market, regardless of what decisions have been made on the price side of things.”

In simple terms, while homebuyers may be willing to pay more, appraisers are there to assess the market value of the home. Their goal is to make sure the lender isn’t loaning more money than the home is worth. It’s objective, rather than emotional.

In a highly competitive market like today’s, having a discrepancy between the two numbers isn’t unusual. Here’s a look at the increasing rate of appraisal gaps, according to data from  CoreLogic (see graph below):

What Buyers and Sellers Need To Know About the Appraisal Gap | MyKCM

What does this mean for you?

Ultimately, knowledge is power. The best thing you can do is understand appraisal gaps may impact your transaction if you’re buying or selling. If you do encounter an appraisal below your contract price, know that in today’s sellers’ market, the most common approach is for the seller to ask the buyer to make up the difference in price. Buyers, be prepared to bring extra money to the table if you really want the home.

Above all else, lean on your real estate agent. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, your trusted advisor is your ally if you come up against an appraisal gap. We’ll help you understand your options and handle any additional negotiations that need to happen.

Bottom Line

In today’s real estate market, it’s important to stay informed on the latest trends. Let’s connect so you have an ally to help you navigate an appraisal gap to get the best possible outcome.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
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How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today?

Whether you’re buying your first home or selling your current house, if your needs are changing and you think it could be time for a move, the decision can definitely feel complicated (and overwhelming).. You need to take personal and professional considerations into account, and only you can judge what impact those factors should have on your desire to move.

However, there’s one category that does provide a simple answer. When deciding to buy now or wait until next year, the financial aspect of the purchase is easy to evaluate. You just need to ask yourself two questions:

  1. Do I think home values will be higher a year from now?
  2. Do I think mortgage rates will be higher a year from now?
How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? | MyKCM

From a purely financial standpoint, if the answer is ‘yes’ to either question, you should strongly consider buying now. If the answer to both questions is ‘yes,’ you should definitely buy now.

Nobody can guarantee what home values or mortgage rates will be by the end of this year. The experts, however, seem certain the answer to both questions above is a resounding ‘yes.’ Mortgage rates are expected to rise and home values are expected to appreciate rather nicely.

What does this mean to you?

Let’s look at how waiting would impact your financial situation. Here are the assumptions made for this example:

  • The experts are right – mortgage rates will be 3.18% at the end of the year
  • The experts are right – home values will appreciate by 5.9%
  • You want to buy a home valued at $350,000 today
  • You decide on a 10% down payment
How Smart Is It to Buy a Home Today? | MyKCM

Here’s the financial impact of waiting:

  • You pay an extra $20,650 for the house
  • You need an additional $2,065 for a down payment
  • You pay an extra $116/month in your mortgage payment ($1,392 additional per year)
  • You don’t gain the $20,650 increase in wealth through equity build-up

Bottom Line

There are many things to consider when buying a home. However, when simplifying to a purely financial question, if you find a home that meets your needs, buying now makes much more sense than buying next year. Please reach feel free to reach out by e-mail jen.mcmorran@gmail.com, call/text 508-930-5259, or message me below. I am always happy to be a resource to you or anyone you may know that may be in need of some experienced real estate guidance. Hope all is well!!

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MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
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Why (and How) to Price a Home Right!

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today

Even in today’s sellers’ market, setting the right price for your house is one of the most valuable things you can do. According to the U.S. Economic Outlook by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), existing home prices nationwide are forecasted to increase by 4.5% in 2021. This means experts anticipate home values will continue climbing next year. Danielle Hale, Chief Economist for realtor.com, notes:

“We expect price gains to ease somewhat in 2021 and end 5.7% above 2020 levels, decelerating steadily through the spring and summer, and then gradually reaccelerating toward the end of the year.”

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today | MyKCM

How to Price Your House

When it comes to setting the right price for your house, the goal is to increase visibility and drive more buyers your way. Instead of trying to win the negotiation with one buyer, you should price your house so that demand is maximized and more buyers want to take a look.

As a seller in today’s market, you might be thinking about pricing your house on the high end while so many of today’s buyers are searching harder than ever just to find a home to purchase. But here’s the thing – a high price tag does not mean you’re going to cash in big on the sale. It’s actually more likely to deter buyers.

Why It’s Important to Price Your House Right Today | MyKCM

Right now, even when there are so few houses for sale, your house is more likely to sit on the market longer or require a price drop that can send buyers running if it isn’t priced just right from the very beginning.It’s important to make sure your house is priced correctly by working with a trusted real estate professional throughout the process. When you price it competitively from the start, you won’t be negotiating with one buyer. Instead, you’ll likely have multiple buyers competing for the house, potentially increasing the final sale price.

The key is to make sure your house is priced to sell immediately. This way, it will be seen by the greatest number of buyers. More than one of them may be interested, and it will be more likely to sell at a competitive price.

Bottom Line

Let’s connect to price your house correctly from the start so you can maximize your exposure and your return.

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MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
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Home Values Projected to Keep Rising

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising | MyKCM

As we enter the final months of 2020 and continue to work through the challenges this year has brought, some of us wonder what impact continued economic uncertainty could have on home prices. Looking at the big picture, the rules of supply and demand will give us the clearest idea of what is to come.

Due to the undersupply of homes on the market today, there’s upward pressure on prices. Consider simple economics: when there is high demand for an item and a low supply of it, consumers are willing to pay more for that item. That’s what’s happening in today’s real estate market. The housing supply shortage is also resulting in bidding wars, which will also drive price points higher in the home sale process.

Home Values Projected to Keep Rising | MyKCM

There’s no evidence that buyer demand will wane. As a result, experts project price appreciation will continue over the next twelve months. Here’s a graph of the major forecasts released in the last 60 days:

I hear many foreclosures might be coming to the market soon. Won’t that drive prices down?

Some are concerned that homeowners who entered a mortgage forbearance plan might face foreclosure once their plan ends. However, when you analyze the data on those in forbearance, it’s clear the actual level of risk is quite low.

Ivy Zelman, CEO of Zelman & Associates and a highly-regarded expert in housing and housing-related industries, was very firm in a podcast last week:

“The likelihood of us having a foreclosure crisis again is about zero percent.”

With demand high, supply low, and little risk of a foreclosure crisis, home prices will continue to appreciate.

Note the same principle also apply if you are thinking about building a new home. New construction sales prices will continue to rise as the prices of lumber and materials continue to increase under the same circumstances of high demand and low supply.

Bottom Line

Though many thought home prices would depreciate in 2020 due to the economic slowdown from the coronavirus. We instead experienced quite the opposite – prices appreciated substantially. Over the next year, we will likely see home values continue to rise higher given the continued lack of inventory of homes for sale.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Cape Cod.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

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MA, RI, and Cape Cod & Islands Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
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#1 Reason NOT to Wait to List your House for Sale

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale | MyKCM

Many industries have been devastated by the economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 virus.

Real estate is NOT one of them.

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist for First American, just reported:

“Since hitting a low point during the initial stages of the pandemic, the only major industry to display immunity to the economic impacts of the coronavirus is the housing market. Housing has experienced a strong V-shaped recovery and is now exceeding pre-pandemic levels.”

Buyer demand is still strong heading into the fall. ShowingTime, which tracks the average number of buyer showings on residential properties, just announced that buyer showings are up 61.9% compared to the same time last year. They went on to say:

“Normally, real estate activity begins to slow down in the late summer, but this year it peaked in July, August and into September.”

There Is One Big Challenge

Purchaser demand is so high, the market is running out of available homes for sale. Just last week, realtor.com reported:

“Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic in March, nearly 400,000 fewer homes have been listed compared to last year, leaving a gaping hole in the U.S. housing inventory.”

The #1 Reason Not to Wait to List Your House for Sale | MyKCM

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) revealed that, while home sales are skyrocketing, the inventory of existing homes for sale is dropping dramatically. Below is a graph of existing inventory (September numbers are not yet available):Homebuilders are increasing construction, but they cannot keep up with the high demand. Bill McBride, founder of the Calculated Risk blog, in discussing inventory of newly constructed houses, notes:

“The months of supply decreased to 3.3 months…This is the all-time record low months of supply.”

What does this mean for sellers?

Anyone thinking of putting their home on the market should not wait. A seller will always negotiate the best deal when demand is high and supply is limited. That’s exactly the situation in the real estate market today.

Next year, when the pandemic is hopefully behind us, there will be many more properties coming to the market. Don’t wait for that increase in competition in your neighborhood. Now is the time to sell.

It is my true pleasure to  work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Please let me know what questions you may have and how I can be of the best assistance to you.

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
New Construction & First Time Home Buyer Specialist
MA & RI Licensed Real Estate Sales Associate
New Homes Team Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
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Like New and Ready for You!

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1284 County Street, Unit 26
Attleboro, MA
Mill Stream Village

Offered at $359,900

DSC_0678Have you been searching for a newer, move-in condition, quality built Townhouse in an established Attleboro community with easy access to Rt 95 and two MBTA train stations?

Are you looking for a home that is tucked away in a prime Mill Stream Village location with private outdoor space, and an affordable condo fee?

Then look what just hit the market… 1284 County Street, Unit 16 in Attleboro offers all of that and more!

This 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath beautiful Townhome was built in 2009 by WB Construction, Attleboro’s premier builder, and 10 years later still shows like new!  Local homeowners and real estate agents all know WB Construction is a name you can trust when it comes to quality high-end new construction and Mill Stream Village is no exception.

You don’t want to miss out on this turn-key Townhouse with garage & full basement! The eat-in kitchen features stainless appliances and granite island with tons of storage. The spacious living room boasts hardwood floors, gas fireplace, and awesome light from the picture window overlooking the patio & green space. Upstairs the master suite features a spacious walk-in closet and private bath plus you’ll love the laundry, extra storage, two additional great sized bedrooms and main bath.

The next lucky homeowner will enjoy a prime private location tucked away in the back of sought after Mill Stream Village and easy access to both Attleboro commuter rail stations, Rt 95, the New England Sports Village, Capron Park Zoo, Stone E Lea Golf Course, restaurants, shopping, and more!

Energy efficient gas heat, CAir, city water/sewer, beautiful landscaping, carefree condo living, and interest rates at all time lows – can it get any better?

Listed at $359,900, this unit won’t last long in today’s market!  Give a call 508-930-5259 with questions about this home or any of your real estate needs!!

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Bidding Wars – Buyers be Ready!

Are you ready to enter on this real estate market?

I have been on the listing side and the buyers’ side of multiple offer situations countless times and believe me, neither are fun.   My recent listing at 53 Turnstone Dr in Attleboro had 40 showing requests in less than 24 hours of being on the market.  One day of showings produced 15 offers from ready and willing buyers by 11:00am the next morning.

It took hours to go through each offer individually as we evaluated the:

  • offer price
  • dates 
  • deposits
  • contingencies
  • personal letters to the seller
  • escalation clauses
  • and mortgage pre-approval and pre-qualification letters.

When sellers review offers, know that the highest offer price does not always “win”.   All of the terms of the offer and buyers’ qualifications must be considered both when writing up a contract as a buyer and when reviewing an offer contract as a seller.

Want to know the three best ways to position yourself as a strong, sought after buyer amidst a sea of buyers and very few listings?

 1. Work with a full-time, experienced, and respected agent who will have the knowledge and reputation to present an offer and “you” in a way that the sellers and sellers’ agent will take seriously.  You want the sellers’ side to feel confident that you are the right buyer.

Buyers need to be prepared

2.  Get pre-approved now!  Do not wait until you find a home to contact a mortgage officer.  Experienced listing agents know the difference between a pre-approval that has been vetted with buyer documentation and a pre-qualification letter that is just based on a phone conversation with a lender.  Good listing agents will always call mortgage officers to make sure the buyers are solid.  It is always in your best interest to use a full time, experienced, and respected mortgage officer and company as well.  Let me know if I can send you some names!!

3.  If you own a home and your home purchase is going to be contingent upon it selling, you need to list your home NOW.  In almost all cases, sellers will move your offer to the bottom of the pile as soon as they see a “contingent upon the sale of buyer’s house”.  Some will consider you if you have a signed P&S on your home, but some will still see that as a risk since they have to worry about you as a buyer and your buyer.  As a back up plan, it may be worth checking with your mortgage officer to see if could purchase your next home without selling your current one first.  If a down-payment is tied up in the equity of your current home, a cash-out refinance may be an option for you.  (FYI – a refinance must be completed before listing your current home or moving forward on a loan application for a new home.)  Best plan… contact your mortgage officer and a contact qualified experienced real estate agent. 

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10 Oakridge Avenue, Attleboro

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10 Oakridge Avenue
Attleboro, MA

4 bedroom, 2.5 bath
Craftsman Colonial
Built 2015
Lot Size .28 acres

Awesome location!
Awesome home!

Finally…the home you’ve been waiting for!

It seems like just yesterday that I met some wonderful first time home buyers from Jamaica Plain full of enthusiasm and dreams. We searched near and far for a new home where they could be a one car family, walk to the train for their Boston commute, walk to parks & restaurants for family fun, have quick access to Rt 95 & Providence, relax with their young children and dogs, and enjoy the luxuries of new construction. A tall order and it took some time, but we found it at 10 Oakridge Ave in Attleboro and now this gorgeous four year young home is for sale and ready for you!

You’ll love the location & spacious open floor plan of this beautiful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Craftsman Colonial built in 2015 featuring hardwood floors throughout, a contemporary white kitchen with walk-in pantry, spacious living room with gas fireplace, stunning dining room with wainscoting, a master suite with two walk-in closets, three additional great sized bedrooms (two with walk-in closets), second floor laundry, fully fenced in yard, and so much more!

This wonderful home is tucked away in an established neighborhood behind Capron Park & Zoo, around the corner from Highland Park’s walking trails, and just minutes to schools, train station, & city center. Oakridge Ave is short street that dead-ends so very quiet with limited traffic.

10 Oakridge Ave is the perfect location for commuting, living, and feeling at Home.  Give a call for details or to set up a showing… this really is a good one!  (For a self-guided virtual tour, just click here.)

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April showings bring May closings

April showings bring May closings!  The Spring Market is here and our Kensington Real Estate office has some awesome Homes for sale.  Could one of these be right for you or anyone you know?

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528 Brown Avenue
Seekonk, MA
$459,900
2500sf
4 bedrooms,2full bathrooms
Central Air
.5 acre level lot

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81 Avalon Drive
Attleboro, MA
$579,900
2500sf Colonial
3-4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms
Built 2016, like new, upgrades!
.5 acre level lot
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44 Broadway
North Attleboro, MA
$397,000
1843 sf Ranch
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
Tons of character
Soughtafter spacious uptown location
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100 Benefit Street
Attleboro, MA
$321,000
1100sf Cape
2 bedroom, 1 full bath
Absolutely adorable
Walk to train!!
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177 Tremont St.
Rehoboth, MA
$499,900
3400sf Colonial
3 bedroom, 2 full bath
First floor master and in-law suite possibilties.
Unbelievably spacious and conveniently located!
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76 Ingall Lane
Attleboro, MA
$624,900
2600sf NEW Colonial
3 bedroom, 2.5 bath Colonial
PLUS bonus room on second floor
Almost ready & just gorgeous!!
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Don’t see what you are looking for?  Give a call 508-930-5259 or send an e-mail with your must-haves, your wishlist, desired towns, and price range.  We have more inventory that should be hitting the market soon.  If you’d like help with searching for your next home, know that happy endings are my specialty!

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Kensington Real Estate Brokerage
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20 Simple Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale

Spring has sprung and so has the real estate market!   Are you ready?

Below are 10 awesome tips for improving your home’s curb appeal and wowing buyers as soon as they pull up in front.  Think about immediately wanting them to get excited and feel like they just can’t wait to get inside!

And once they do enter, please don’t let them down 🙂  Create an atmosphere where they can feel comfortable – where they feel like they are already “Home”.   Read through the 10 simple tips below for transforming the interior of your house into a “Home” as well and you’ll see what a difference they can make in your sale!

preparing your home for sale

You only get one chance to make a first impression.  Make the most of it!  Once buyers are emotionally attached, there usually are few objections that can get in the way of them moving forward.  (And remember buyers who are emotionally attached are the ones to act the fastest and pay the most that they can.)

Let me know if you need suggestions or assistance in getting your property ready to sell.  It would be a pleasure to work with you on making your next move a success!  From Boston to Attleboro to Providence and beyond,  my team is ready to serve you throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Always happy to be of any assistance to you or anyone you know who is thinking about buying or selling a home. I love to work hard for my clients and your referrals throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

 

Jen McMorran, Realtor

Jennifer McMorran, Realtor, SRES
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