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Appraisal Facts Page Assumption: The appraised value of a property will vary, depending upon whether the appraisal is conducted for the buyer or the seller. Fact: The appraiser has no vested interest in the outcome of the appraisal and should render services with independence, and objectivity. Assumption: Market value should approximate replacement cost. Fact: Market value is based on what a willing buyer likely would pay a willing seller for a particular property, with neither being under pressure to buy or sell. Replacement cost is the dollar amount required to reconstruct a property in-kind. Assumption: Assessed value should equate to market value. Fact: While most states support the concept that assessed value approximate estimated market value, this often is not the case. Examples include when interior remodeling has occurred, and the assessor is unaware of the improvements, or when properties in the vicinity have not been reassessed for an extended period. Assumption: Appraisers are hired only to estimate real estate property values in property sales involving mortgage-lending transactions. Fact: Depending upon their qualifications and designations, appraisers can and do provide a variety of services, including advice for estate planning, dispute resolution, zoning and tax assessment review, and PMI Removal. Assumption: An Appraisal is the same as a home inspection. Fact: An Appraisal does not serve the same purpose as an inspection. The Appraiser forms an opinion of value in the Appraisal process and resulting report. A home inspector determines the condition of the home and its major components and reports these findings. Assumption: You generally can tell what a property is worth simply by looking at the outside. Fact: Property value is determined by a number of factors, including location, condition, improvements, amenities, and market trends.