I am a homeowner in Mississippi which is a non-disclosure state. That means that what I paid for my house is not public information. It is information that is on the MLS Board where my home is located and can be used for comp purposes by other agents in the MLS Board but otherwise, Mississippi law says it is no one’s business what I paid for my house.
So I recently got a letter from my mortgage company which is not located in Mississippi. It told me how much equity I have in my house based on my loan balance and a value of the house. The letter said that the value is an estimate “based on market trends” in my area. Since they do not have access to information in this non-disclosure state, the value of the house is much lower than what I paid for it. It’s because they really don’t know the value of my house. As I read closer, I realized the value was the original loan balance.
I’m a licensed real estate agent in my MLS Board and know the market trends and have available the comps to tell me the value of my house. BUT, if I wasn’t, this letter would have scared me to death making be believe my house was losing value.
My point is, if you live in a non-disclosure state, like Mississippi, and get a letter from your mortgage company telling you the value of your house, question it. Calmly call your agent and get a comp analysis. It’s not a bonafide appraisal but close to it; it’s a market value, and in this hot, hot market you’ll most likely be pleasantly surprised.
If you live in the Oxford/Water Valley/Batesville/Pontotoc area and want a free comp analysis, contact me for an appointment.