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Mark Cappel
UpdatedSep 22, 2023
If a house appraises for $26,000, but needs $25,000 in repairs, how much should I offer to buy it?

If a house appraises for $26,000 and it is said to need $25,000 in repairs to be livable. What is the true value I should offer the bank?

The real question is, "What is the value of comparable properties in the area?"

If the value of comps are in the $26,000 range, then you should pay $1,000 because the appraisal price is unrealistic and $1,000 is what the net value of the house is worth today.

On the other hand, if the value of comps are in the $50,000 to $60,000 range, then the appraiser had a great eye for spotting the existing damage and priced the house accordingly. If the comps are $51,000 or more, then $26,000 is a fair market value of the property.

For a longer discussion of valuing houses, see the resource House Value.

I hope this information helps you Find. Learn & Save.



The mortgage market: what's new?

It is expected that mortgage rates are subject to change. Homebuyers and those refinancing their mortgages should pay close attention to the latest mortgage rate

Mortgage rates September 13, 2023
According to Freddie Mac, the 30-year mortgage rate for the week of September 13, 2023 is 7.18%. This represents a 6 basis points increase from the previous week's rate.
Note: A basis point is equal to one-hundredth of one percent (0.01%). In numerical terms, if the mortgage rate changes by 20 basis points, it means the rate has changed by 0.20%.
According to Freddie Mac, the 15-year mortgage rate for September 13, 2023 is 6.51%. This is a 1 basis points decrease from last week’s rates.

Understanding the impact of mortgage rates on your finances
When it comes to determining your monthly payment, mortgage rates are a key factor to consider. Here are the avergage interest rates (APR) for August 17, 2023 based on Zillow data for borrowers with a high credit score (680-740) in the United States:

  • 30-year conventional loan is 7.27%
  • 15-year conventional loan is 6.28%
    Based on the provided rates, a $279,082 30-year mortgage would result in a monthly payment of $1,908. Alternatively, a 15-year mortgage would require a monthly payment of around $2,397.

Simplify your mortgage journey: Shop around and get pre-approved today!
To make the home-buying or refinancing process a breeze, we highly recommend shopping around for mortgages and getting pre-approved. So, why not Check Out mortgage rates now for the best options available.