What Is "Market Value?"

"Market value means the most probable price which a property should bring in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller each acting prudently and knowledgeably, and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby: 

  1. Buyer and seller are typically motivated;

  2. Both parties are well informed or well advised and acting in what they consider their own best interests;

  3. A reasonable time is allowed for exposure in the open market; 

  4. Payment is made in terms of cash in U.S. dollars or in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto; 

  5. The price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing or sales concessions granted by anyone associated with the sale." Source: FIRREA.