The difference between assessed value & fair market value

by Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate 04/06/2023

As you venture into the world of real estate, you may hear the terms assessed value and fair market value quite often. Even though they may seem similar, the terms differ greatly, so having a good understanding between the two can give you a better grasp of each concept during the sell of your property. 

Assessed value

The assessed value of a home is calculated considering local market data, home characteristics such as square footage and the economic state. This assessment is the most trusted amount when it comes to the worth of a home.  

Fair market value

Fair market value is what a buyer is willing to pay with no outside influence. As a homeowner, the best way to determine the fair market value of your home is to examine a comparative market analysis (CMA).  

Typically, during a CMA, your real estate agent examines similar recently sold homes in the area to help you determine a fair price to list your home under. This can help to ensure you don’t overprice your home in comparison to the competition. 

The appraisal

If you decide to take out a mortgage loan, your lender will most likely require an appraisal to be done on the home to see if it’s worth their investment. They use the appraisal to determine if the home has a value greater than or equal to the purchase price of the property. 

Challenging assessed values

Sometimes, homeowners will purchase a home and then later challenge the assessed value of a property for tax purposes. This is often the case when the owner feels the assessed value is vastly different from the fair market value.  

If you believe the assessed value is out of sync with the fair market value of your home, leaving you to pay more in taxes, you may need to file what’s called a tax abatement. Once approved, you’ll receive a tax reduction for a set period of time. 

Working with your real estate agent, you can get a better understanding of these terms and how they may affect the sell of your home.

About the Author

Cheryl Pendenza - Realtor®/Broker Associate

Bringing more than 30 years of experience to the table, Cheryl has a paralegal degree, banking background, and is a member of many professional, civic, and community organizations.

Qualified • Experienced • Skilled

"As a full-time REALTOR®, I am dedicated to providing my clients with a high level of service by building relationships, marketing, and negotiating on their behalf. As a homeowner, I realize how important homeownership is.

Cheryl brings warmth and compassion to her client relationships and referrals have become the backbone of her business. "I’m grateful for every referral and welcome the opportunity to help clients achieve their real estate goals.”

Cheryl Pendenza, Broker Associate affiliated with RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services since 1999 is a local businesswoman and formidable negotiator who can help you achieve your real estate goals. Supporting family, community and local business is important to Cheryl and she can often be found at one of the local restaurants, shops, or galleries.