A real estate Appraisal is not the same thing as a Comparative Market Analysis (CMA). A real estate Appraisal determines the market value of the property, which is an estimate of the sale price of the house. An Appraisal is mandatory when you are borrowing money from a lender to purchase a home. An Appraisal is done by a specially trained and experienced individual known as an appraiser.
On the other hand, a Comparative Market Analysis is used to determine a reasonable asking price based on the selling and listing prices of comparable real estate. This is conducted by the real estate agent listing the property. The sole purpose of a CMA is to help the real estate agent advise the sellers when trying to come up with an appropriate asking price. This is different from an appraisal because a Comparative Market Analysis helps determine the actual asking price, where as the appraisal reveals the property’s actual value. Appraisers usually use similar research on comparable properties as a factor in determining the property value.
Here are some myths and facts to help you lean more about the Appraisal of your Rutland VT real estate.