I wanted to share these stats for any and all of you buyers, mortgage brokers, or agents that run into appraisers who feel it is their duty to question the price a buyer is willing to pay for a property in this market. In my humble opinion, appraisers should not ever look at percentages above or below asking price. Actually, I think San Francisco doesn’t need appraisers in a transaction at all, ever. If a buyer is willing to pay $$ for a property and a seller is willing to sell it for that, that’s what the property is worth.
Anyhow, this chart shows the staggering number of overbids in San Francisco for April, and the lengths buyers are willing to go to win.
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“How much is my property worth?” “How much could we get for our place?” “How much do you think my condo would sell for?”
I get asked different variations of this question every single day, everywhere I go. It doesn’t matter if I’m at a dinner party, bbq, school event, or even on a field trip with my 7 year old. It’s okay. It’s totally normal. Everybody wants to chat real estate. It’s why I started this blog, and it’s a go-to if conversation about Blue Bottle versus Ritual Roasters gets so heated it’d be better left settled in the Octagon. Everybody wants to know if their home value has gone up, and everybody wants free information about the market and their property. So how does a real estate professional accurately answer this question in a market where (currently) home values seem to be going nowhere but up every week, and every new sale sets a new high water mark in your area?
The answer is this, nobody REALLY knows. A couple things I do know are Zillow Zestimates do you no good in San Francisco, your property is worth more than your cousin’s in Kansas, and your property could be worth more than it ever was. I know what comparable properties have recently sold for, and I know how I can help you market, show, and price your property to get the maximum number of people through the door in an effort to let the market dictate what is the maximum value your property is worth.