Chasm developing between homeowner, appraiser opinions

Fifth straight month homeowners valued homes higher than appraisers

Appraiser home value opinions fell further below homeowner estimates in June, marking the fifth consecutive month of this trend at the national level, according to Quicken Loans.

Appraiser opinions of home values were 1.4% lower than homeowner estimates, according to Quicken Loans’ monthly national Home Price Perception Index. 

Quicken Loans’ national Home Value Index (HVI) reported a slight increase of 0.74% in June, with home values increasing in all regions of the country except for the South, which posted a decline of 0.09%. National home values are up 4.38% from the year prior.

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(Source: QuickenLoans)

June marks the fifth consecutive month appraisers have estimated home values below homeowner estimates. During this five-month period, the gap between homeowner and appraiser estimates has increased each month, with an average 1.4% difference in June. 

“Over the last five months we’ve seen homeowners continually value their homes higher than appraisers,” said Bob Walters, Quicken Loans chief economist. “While each local market has a different story to tell, a large part of this perception gap is likely due to the normalization of home prices. After about a year of home values trending upward, it takes some time for many homeowners to realize home values are stabilizing in their neighborhoods.”

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(Source: QuickenLoans)

Home values inched higher in June, increasing 0.74% from the month prior. Yearly growth has slowed slightly from the annual level of the previous month, but still posted a 4.38% annual increase. The South was the only region to post a monthly decrease in home values, dropping by 0.09%.

“Home prices seem to be a bit frozen for the time being – validating that we are in a market that is well into the stabilization cycle,” said Walters. “The real test for home price solidity will be when inventory increases to a level of equilibrium between supply and demand.” 

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(Source: QuickenLoans)

3d rendering of a row of luxury townhouses along a street

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