What If An Appraisal Comes in Low?

An appraisal is an independent, unbiased evaluation of a property’s worth, which is conducted by a professional appraiser. The appraisal report is used by the lender to determine how much they are willing to lend for the property. But what happens if the appraisal comes in low? Let’s explore the various scenarios that could occur.

It’s important to understand that the appraisal is ordered by the lender, and the buyer typically pays for it. The appraiser is an independent third party, and their appraisal report is used to determine the market value of the property.

If the appraisal comes in low, the buyer has a few options. They can cancel the contract, bring additional funds to the closing, or renegotiate the price with the seller. Let’s dive into each of these options.

Option 1: Buyer Can Cancel the Contract

If the appraisal comes in lower than the agreed-upon price, the buyer has the option to cancel the contract. This is especially true if the appraisal is significantly lower than the asking price, and the buyer can no longer secure the necessary financing. If the buyer decides to cancel the contract, they typically get their earnest money deposit back.

Option 2: Buyer Can Bring Additional Funds

If the appraisal comes in low but is only slightly below the agreed-upon price, the buyer may choose to bring additional funds to the closing. This means that the buyer will have to pay the difference between the appraised value and the agreed-upon price in cash. If the buyer decides to take this route, they must have the additional funds available to close the transaction.

Option 3: Seller Could Agree to Take Less Money

The final option is for the buyer and seller to renegotiate the price. The seller may agree to take less money if they are motivated to sell the property quickly. This is typically a last resort for the seller since it means less money in their pocket. However, if the seller is willing to lower the price, it can help the transaction move forward.

A low appraisal can cause some challenges during a real estate transaction. However, it’s important to remember that there are options available to both the buyer and the seller.

If you have any questions, give us a call at 562.896.2456 or fill out the contact form below. 

Contact Form

We would love to hear from you! Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly.

About the Author

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes. She has consistently been one of the top Realtors in the Long Beach area. Prior to her award-winning career in real estate with the Shannon jones Team, Shannon has had successful careers in journalism and public relations. She holds a bachelors degree from UC Irvine and a masters degree from UC Berkeley. Shannon holds E-Pro, CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert), and PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) certifications. Shannon is very personable and maintains a very strong moral compass, always putting the best interest of home buyers/sellers above monetary goals. A California native, Shannon enjoys gardening, travel, reading, cooking and poker when she’s not selling homes MY DESIGNATIONS Lic# 01247705 | CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert) | E-Pro | PSC (Pre-Foreclosure Specialist) MY SERVICE AREAS Anaheim Bellflower Buena Park Carson Cerritos Cypress Downey Fountain Valley Garden Grove Huntington Beach La Palma Lakewood Long Beach Los Alamitos Los Angeles County Norwalk Orange County Rossmoor San Pedro Seal Beach Signal Hill South Bay Westminster