From the Tidewater process to its purpose, discover the basics of the Tidewater VA appraisal.
The VA appraisal is a mandatory step in the VA homebuying process and may be frustrating for borrowers who don’t receive the results they were hoping for. The Tidewater VA appraisal may provide a solution to VA borrowers in these circumstances. It protects Veterans from overpaying for a home and guarantees sellers a fair price for their property.
Unlike traditional VA appraisals, the Tidewater appraisal allows communication between the appraiser and the listing agent before finalizing the appraisal report. All parties may contribute relevant information that could impact the property's value, allowing for a more accurate assessment and potentially preventing a property's value from being underestimated or overestimated.
The primary purpose of the VA Tidewater appraisal is twofold:
Whether referred to as the Tidewater Initiative, Tidewater Notice or simply the Tidewater appraisal, many homebuyers find this process to be more complex than a traditional VA appraisal.
Here is a step-by-step overview to guide you through the Tidewater appraisal process.
During a mandatory VA appraisal, the appraiser attempts to estimate the property's reasonable value following VA guidelines. However, the appraiser may estimate a market value lower than the property's purchase price. This estimate is based on the costs of similar homes in the area.
In such situations, the VA appraiser notifies the buyer and seller of the projected appraisal result. This notification serves as a warning signal, indicating that the property's value is likely below the purchase price.
Parties involved now have two days to gather and submit additional information for the Tidewater appraisal. This information may include other nearby home prices and recent home sales in the area.
During this final step of the Tidewater appraisal process, the borrower will receive their potential property’s final appraisal result. The next step in the homebuying journey will depend on whether the appraisal passes or not:
Failed Tidewater appraisal: If the appraiser still values the property lower than the purchase price, the borrower’s VA lender will only finance the amount given by the VA appraisal estimate. In these cases, the purchase may fall through. However, the buyer can make up the difference in cash or negotiate a lower purchase price with the seller.
Successful Tidewater appraisal: If the additional supporting information from the Tidewater Initiative proves that the property’s worth is greater than or equal to the home’s purchase price, the property will pass the appraisal stage, and the sale can continue to the closing stage.
Tidewater refers to a process where the VA appraiser anticipates that the appraised value of a home will be lower than the sale price.
If a VA appraisal comes below the contract sale price and the Tidewater initiative fails to raise the appraised value, the transaction may need to be reviewed. The seller might have to reduce the price, or the buyer might have to cover the difference.
Once a Tidewater notice has been issued, involved parties have two working days to provide the required data supporting the purchase price. This period allows for the collection of potentially decisive data.