What goes into an appraisal?Buying a home is the most important transaction many people might ever encounter. Whether it's where you raise your family, an additional vacation home or an investment, the purchase of real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
The majority of the parties participating are very familiar. The real estate agent is the most recognizable face in the exchange. Then, the mortgage company provides the financial capital needed to bankroll the transaction. Ensuring all requirements of the sale are completed and that a clear title transfers to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So what party is responsible for making sure the real estate is consistent with the purchase price? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion 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 South Carolina licensed appraiser from Ross Appraisal Firm, LLC. will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsTo determine the true status of the property, it's our responsibility to first complete a thorough inspection. We must physically view features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they indeed are present and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated square footage has not been misrepresented and describe the layout of the home, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, we identify any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
After the inspection, we use 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, the appraiser gathers information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to calculate how much it would cost to build a property similar to the one being appraised. This value commonly sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers are intimately familiar with the subdivisions in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of certain features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject in question. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or extra storage space, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use a third approach to value. In this scenario, the amount of revenue the real estate yields is taken into consideration along with income produced by comparable properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom LineCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property at hand. Note: While this amount is probably the most accurate indication of what a property would sell for in an open market, it may not be the price at which the property closes. 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 often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in case they had to sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Ross Appraisal Firm, LLC. will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.