Quicken Loans released its Home Price Perception Index (HPPI) for February, finding that the range between expectations and actual appraisal values got larger for the first time in six months. On March 8, the retail mortgage lender announced average home appraisal values in February were 1.99 percent lower than homeowners’ expectations.

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Homeowners who were most likely overestimating the worth of their home are mostly in the West.

In the month of February, nationwide home values increased 1.51 percent on a monthly basis and increased 3.89 percent annually.

“While it is always disappointing for homeowners to learn they don’t have quite the home equity they expected, the national HPPI is still within a normal range,” said Quicken Loans chief economist Bob Walters.

“In an ever-changing real estate market, home values fluctuate and these changes are most quickly realized by appraisers who are evaluating local sales every single day.”


San Jose and Philadelphia were on opposite ends of the spectrum. San Jose homeowners were finding their homes to be worth 4.35 percent more than they thought, while Philadelphia home owners were over estimating by 3.71 percent

Los Vegas and Seattle homeowners were the closest to being accurate about the truth worth of their home. Seattle residents were slightly in the red and Las Vegas homeowners were getting a bit of a pleasant surprise.

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In Houston, homeowners are experiencing positive home appraisals.

In February 2015, the appraiser value was 3.30 percent higher than the homeowner perception of their home’s value. Today, homeowners are finding themselves a little less pleased during appraisals.

In January 2016 appraiser value was 2.31 percent higher than homeowner perception, and it dipped slightly in February 2016 to 2.23 percent.

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