The Seattle housing market has been hot for years. By all indications, it doesn't seem like it will be cooling down anytime soon. Inventory scarcity is likely to remain for the rest of 2022, keeping housing costs high, as documented by Norada Real Estate Investments
. Nonetheless, the fundamentals of home valuation haven't changed.
According to Seattle Mortgage Planners
, an appraisal is the first step to analyzing any property's value. Dozens of factors are considered, ranging from MLSs, courthouse records, and tax assessor records. After examining these data points, an appraiser will then conduct an onsite inspection of the entire property. The appraiser will document several factors, such as:
- Size of lot and structures
- Condition of the home, including exteriors and interiors
- Features of the house and property
- Any updates to the home or property
- Overall construction integrity and quality
- The gross living area (GLA) of the property (measured in square footage)
- Separate square footage estimates of external structures such as a garage or shed
- Permanent fixtures in the home, such as chandeliers or window treatments
After all these factors are accounted for, the appraiser will provide a report which includes their professional opinion of the home's value. Of course, the appraiser's valuation can be quite different from the home's selling price.
While appraisals try to account for market conditions in a home's valuation, Seattle's market conditions tend to increase the final selling price of homes. Anyone who has tried to buy a home in Seattle in the past few years knows how scarce inventory is. Prospective homebuyers tend to get familiar with crowded open houses and aggressive bidding wars.
However, The Seattle Times
did have some good news for home buyers. It seems that the value of houses is growing at a slower rate than in previous years. The year-over-year cost growth for house prices in King County has slowed down to 10.7% versus 14.4% from the previous year. While this is a sign that the market is stabilizing, Seattle is still very much a seller's market.
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