Getting an accurate property appraisal from a competent real estate agent is one of the most important decisions to make when selling your house.
Free appraisals for your property can be provided by any agent in your area but the integrity of the appraisal (and the agent) is where many property sellers can be misled and sales go wrong.
There are over 15,000 real estate agents in New Zealand and many in your location. If you are intending to sell your house, it pays to understand the importance of the property appraisal and the impact it can have on your real estate experience. Be on the front foot rather than have regrets later.
Accuracy of property appraisals
Many people like to get a property appraisal to find out if it's worth selling. If the sale price range is inaccurate, your whole real estate experience is compromised and can be very costly.
One of the leading reasons a property doesn't sell is because the expected sale price is not achievable, even in the hands of a competent real estate agent, regardless of the fees and commission they charge.
This can be because vendors over-estimate their home's value (and refuse to budge on it) or the agent has provided an inaccurate appraisal price, sometimes both.
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We have found over years of experience that you are better to have a competent agent who appraises your property correctly and markets it to achieve more at the point of sale than one who over-prices it and then under-delivers, often with big price reductions.
Some real estate agents over-estimate your property's value so you will list with them (often under pressure). Choose your agent carefully and be prepared before inviting anyone into your home to provide a real estate appraisal.
Any further decisions you make or legal documents and contracts you sign will be based on the content of your property appraisal. Getting it right (or wrong) can be life changing.
Home sellers usually get two to three property appraisals so they can compare services, marketing, fees and commission and the sale price range being recommended in each.
Commission and fees or sale price are often what sellers use to decide who to list with. The cheapest real estate agent might not get the best price which could far outweigh the cost of a percentage difference in agencies. It's important to consider the big picture.
If you have an Auckland property, you should have it appraised by a vetted real estate agent as it may be worth a lot more than you realise with the correct marketing by agents with the right networks following the Auckland Unitary Plan changes to zones allowing more properties to be developed.
Getting an appraisal for different property types
Real estate agents are not one size fits all when it comes to different property types.
Agencies and agents can specialise in one area of real estate more than others, for instance, residential versus commercial or industrial, apartments, lifestyle blocks, rural and so on.
Find out how to get the best real estate agent for your property type.
It's a busy world and most of us are time-deprived. If you want to understand more about the real estate process, download the Process of Selling A House Checklist first.
Property Appraisals & Comparative Market Analysis
Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) is industry lingo for what most people call an appraisal and something provided by licensed real estate agents.
Real estate agents are obliged under the Real Estate Agents Act 2008 to provide property appraisals in writing. Never accept a verbal appraisal.
Protect Yourself When Getting An Appraisal
Many Kiwis have minimal or no experience selling a house. This creates a dependency on one person, your real estate agent, for advice and information.
Licensed agents who achieve the highest sale prices and provide the best real estate experiences for their clients are those who work with integrity and within the Real Estate Authority (REA) Code of Conduct.
This calibre of agent will be realistic about market price and aim to achieve more with good marketing, creating buyer competition, and with strong negotiation skills.
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Article updated March 2, 2021 | About