The One Percent

There’s been a lot of discussion the last several years about ‘the one percent.’  You know, that gap between the wealthiest Americans, and the rest of us.  There was even a 2006 documentary about the one percent.  Well, what does this have to do with appraisals?  

We deal with percentages every day, and one thing I like to track is how close my appraisals come to the actual sale price.  If I do a pre-listing appraisal, or appraise a home for a refinance, and then the homeowner decides to sell…it’s always nice to see how close I got to the final sale price.  Usually, in cases like these, a good appraiser should be within 5% of the sale price, although there are always exceptions to this rule.  And then, there are those rare times, when you get really close…as in one percent close.

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So a homeowner in The Downs asked me to appraise his home last Spring.  It wasn’t for a refinance or sale; he simply wanted to know what his home should sell for.  A few months later, he listed with a local Realtor.  The sale price:  $198,500.  My appraisal last spring:  $200,000.  Within less than 1%…not too bad, I’d say.  It doesn’t always work that way, but we like it when it does!

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