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Appraiser Kills Another Deal

[in a very sarcastic tone of voice]

I love spending uncountable hours searching the internet, showing many properties, counseling the buyer, writing a contract (with many revisions), coordinating with the lender/loan officer, scheduling and attending multiple inspections, re-showing the property, counseling the client, meeting for lunch and coffee multiple time to sign disclosures and paperwork, running numbers, Negotiating repairs, etc., etc., etc., …. ONLY TO BE KILLED BY AN APPRAISAL THAT COMES IN $16,000 UNDER THE CONTRACT PRICE.  This killed the deal for both the seller and buyer.  It is not a flip, short sale, or bank owned.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job and I excel in these situations, but this is ridiculous!

[in a serious tone of voice]

Here are some of the wonderful aspect of the property…

New paint (inside and out); Newer roof; New electrical and plumbing; Renovated kitchen and bathroom; Newer central heat and air; Double size lot; Historic built-in china cabinet; New front door; Several new windows; Section 1 and 2 of pest report to be cleared, and more!

Yes, this property happens to be in Oak Park, Sacramento, but most all knowledgeable appraisers and agents know that Oak Park is “street by street.”  I personally know several of the residents on this street.  Comparing this home to homes a mile away does not do the home justice.

I am coming to believe that this area is being redlined.

Again, my question stands:  When will the market drive the market oppose to appraiser and bank practices?


Keith Klassen – Real Estate Broker


Market Update in Sacramento Real Estate


Here are the most current & accurate real estate statistics — specifically for our area. We saw a 17% increase in residential home sales in April, 2009 compared to April last year. 65% of all sales in April were “Bank-Owned Foreclosures”. This is a significant and quick decrease in the percent of sales that are “Bank-Owned”. Typically, at least 75% of the sales each month have been “Bank-Owned” for the past year. Another significant and quick change is the amount of listing inventory. Comparing April, 2009 to April, 2008 — there is a 37.6% decrease in number of houses for sale on the market. This has changed our supply and demand situation drastically. However, we expect this situation to change back to more of a buyer’s market again soon. Here’s why; there has been a moratorium on bank-owned property. We have been told that the banks will lift their moratoriums and start releasing foreclosed properties over the next four months, which will increase listing inventory again. Does that mean you should wait for more inventory if you are a buyer? No, and here’s why. Last week we saw a 1/2% interest rate increase on home loans. That is equal to $75 per month increase in a mortgage payment on a $200,000 loan. There is currently more than enough inventory to find a great house before rates go up again. Buyers – don’t forget about the $8,000 Tax Credit. You must close escrow by November 30th to qualify.


Spring is traditionally the home-buying season. True to course, existing home sales rose in April with strong buyer activity. From March to April, sales jumped up 2.9%. Who are the buyers? According to a National Association of Realtors’ survey, 60% are repeat buyers, entering the market to take advantage of the low interest rates, good inventory and more affordable prices. 40% are first-time buyers. First-time buyers as well as buyers who have rented for 3+ years also have the added incentive of an $8,000 tax credit offered by the federal government. Where are the sales? Regionally, home sales last month rose 3.5% in the West, 11.6% in the Northeast, 1.8% in the South, and slipped 2.0% in the Midwest. According to Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the NAR, buyers today are attracted to lower priced homes found in California, Nevada, and Florida. Yun forecasts that home sales in the second half of 2009 will be 10 – 20% higher than in 2008. Now may be your time to consider moving. Even if the selling price of your home is lower than expected, that price must be weighed against the opportunity to get an excellent price on your new home, plus the possibility of securing a better tax base. Let me know if you want to meet and talk. I am here to serve your real estate needs.

Home Loan Market Loosing Up? Sacramento and Beyond

Mortgage rates and house prices are down – which sounds great for buyers and refinancers. But a series of mortgage industry underwriting and appraisal changes taking effect this month is throwing hurdles in the way of borrowers and loan officers.

Read onthis article is from the SF Chronicle on 4/19/09