When you apply for a home loan, most banks require property valuation by a professional valuer. In some cases, lenders carry out the valuation process themselves. However sometimes the bank valuation can be challenged. A number of valuation firms that work with some of the leading banks receive a high volume of dispute requests, however it isn’t always successful.
Challenging a Bank Valuation – Probability of Success
It is estimated that only 3 percent of clients are able to successfully challenge a valuation. However, it does not rule out the fact that bank valuations are not always correct. In some cases, people have observed a difference of about $200,000 between valuations of two different lending institutions, with the average difference sitting at about 9 percent.
Valuers can make mistakes and there are two main factors that affect the valuation of a property:
- The error made by valuers
- Their personal opinion
Effect of Valuation on Refinancing
Property valuation is crucial when it comes to refinancing. In case of a low valuation, loan to value ratio (LVR) becomes higher. High LVR requires lender’s mortgage insurance which ultimately increases the overall cost related to your home loan and decreases the equity amount that you can get access to.
Measures to Take If You Receive Low Valuation
The following are some of the measures you should undertake if you receive low valuation:
Find Out the Reason for Low Valuation
The primary reason for low valuation is the fact that valuers do not find any supporting evidence for comparable sales of similar properties, and are unable to find supporting evidence for the estimate value of that property. There are a few lenders that give you access to the copy of a valuation report, which can help you in identifying other reasons associated with a low valuation too.
Look for Recent Sales of Similar Houses
You can also research yourself and find houses that have recently been sold and are similar to your house. Which can serve as evidence of the value of your home. Therefore, when a valuation company approaches you to carry out the property valuation, you can show the copy of that sales evidence.
Go for Independent Valuation
If a lender shows you a file that contains property valuation and you do not agree with the figures, it is better to get a private valuation. You can also go to another bank for the property valuation. In any case, banks always use the lower of the two valuations. In this circumstance, you can choose a different lender if you do not get the expected value.
Choose an Option for Up-front Valuation
Submitting another loan application can adversely affect your credit worthiness by affecting your score. The reason behind it is due to placing a large number of inquiries on your credit file.
There are some banks that offer a free up-front valuation before you send an application for a home loan. Therefore, make the most of this opportunity and go for this option in order to avoid sending too many applications. Not only does it decrease your stress, but also allows you to maintain a good credit rating.
Consult Your Mortgage Broker
Regardless of what loan type you are applying for; consult Hunter Galloway for advice tailored to your individual circumstance. This will ensure you get the best deal that will enable you to avoid the unnecessary cost associated with a product.
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