Today I am explaining the differences between the three types of values that your home is assigned.


What is the difference between assessed value, appraised value, and market value?

First, let’s talk about assessed value. The City of Calgary assesses homes using an algorithm. When a property sells, they use this to help calculate what the nearby properties are worth. By looking at the most recent sales, they can extrapolate what you’ll be paying in taxes based on those other properties. Your property may not have sold, so they do not know the true market value and therefore go by similar properties.

Now, let’s look at appraised value. An appraiser will have more recent sales, so they will look at a property that sold recently as a comparable for another. By doing this, they can know whether you paid too much or if you got a great deal. An appraiser also takes things like view and other factors and adjusts for it.

What an appraiser does not take into account is what is currently happening inside of the market. They only look at what happened in the past. If a market is going up, a property may be worth more than another within a month. Meanwhile, if a market is going down, the property may be worth less.

“Real estate is not a perfect market like the stock market, where you can look at the price and what it is is what you pay.”

This is where market value comes in. We look at supply and demand and see what is happening with the competition.

These are the biggest differences between the three different types of value. Real estate is not a perfect market like the stock market. A seller may be motivated, so they may accept less money than what it is worth, or a buyer may be willing to pay more because they missed out on other places previously.

If you have any questions or are interested in buying or selling, please feel free to reach out to me. I would be happy to help you solve your problems and realize your dreams.