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Chapter 7

GETTING TO
THE FINISH LINE

Step 3:

Getting an Appraisal

Once you have determined that there are no defects on title and all inspection concerns have been resolved, it is time to order an appraisal. An appraisal is an estimate of the value of a property made by a qualified professional. The appraisal of your prospective home is as important as your credit history in obtaining a mortgage. After all, the

property you are purchasing serves as the collateral for the loan. Although the primary goal the appraisal is to justify the lender's investment, it also protects you from overpaying. Your lender will generally hire the appraiser and will charge you as the buyer a fee for the service. If the appraisal falls short of the amount you wish to borrow you may be refused a mortgage or offered a smaller amount on the mortgage. Your offer contract will be contingent on whether the appraisal comes in at or above the purchase price you and the seller have agreed upon.

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