The Difference Between West Newbury MA Appraisal And Assessment Prices

Appraisal and assessment prices are commonly mistakened for one another. As a home buyer and home seller, it is useful to distinguish the difference between the two. The difference between West Newbury MA appraisal and assessment prices can be found below.

Definition Of Assessment Prices

Municipalities charge a tax on residential properties. The sum is determined by the tax rate times an assessed value of a piece of property. Assessments are used solely for calculating taxes and do not by any means reflect the real estate market price. Every town accounts for assessed value using different factors. They traditionally include acreage, interior condition, and exterior amenities such as decks. Municipalities can re-assess home values and/or elevate the property tax rate yearly.

Definition Of Appraisal Prices

An appraisal is a calculation of the current market value of a home by a trained professional based on approved procedures. Lenders obtain the services of appraisers to validate that financing is not being issued for higher than the current market value of a property. It is a way of evaluating their investment since they bear most of the risk until you pay down the mortgage. Appraisers typically review a few other listings that sold recently in the same or similar area. Since the real estate market can adjust constantly, analyzing recent sales is vital for an accurate appraisal.

The Difference Between West Newbury MA Appraisal And Assessment Prices

The actual price of a home is ascertained by what a home buyer is willing to pay, which can vary at any time based on circumstances such as availability of options. Buyers should be careful when equating assessed figures with the market price of a home since they do not change with one another. Some municipalities rarely update assessed values and traditionally increase tax percentages instead of valuations. Only an appraisal can provide an accurate indication of market price. This blog regarding the difference between West Newbury MA appraisal and assessment prices was compiled by John Wells at Wellsco Realty. For additional details on this and other real estate topics, contact John at 978-518-1481 or teamjohn@johnpwells.com.

About Editor-John P. Wells

I am a resident of Newburyport and have worked in education, high tech and urban development. My interests in architecture and construction are invaluable to my clients. For more information please visit the Wellsco website.