What are the parts of an appraisal?A home purchase can be the largest financial decision many of us might ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
Most people are familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most familiar entity in the exchange. Next, the bank provides the financial capital needed to finance the transaction. The title company makes sure that all areas of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the purchaser.
So what party is responsible for making sure the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer might expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Arizona licensed appraiser from Assured Appraisals, LLC. will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal startsTo ascertain the true status of the property, it's our responsibility to first complete a thorough inspection. We must physically see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed are there and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floor plan, ensuring the square footage is accurate and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
After the inspection, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Replacement CostHere, we gather information on local construction costs, labor rates and other elements to determine how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure often sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers get to know the neighborhoods in which they work. We innately understand the value of particular features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate being appraised. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or additional storage space, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately match the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use a third way of valuing a house. In this case, the amount of income the real estate yields is factored in with income produced by comparable properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom LineAnalyzing the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the subject property. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always what's being paid for the property even though it is likely the best indication of a property's market value There are always mitigating factors such as seller motivation, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property would likely sell for in an open marketplace. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Assured Appraisals, LLC. will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.