Real Estate Appraisals: A Primer
A home purchase can be the largest financial decision some of us will ever consider. It doesn't matter if a primary residence, a second vacation home or a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is a complex financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to see it through.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most known person in the transaction. Then, the lender provides the financial capital required to bankroll the transaction. And ensuring all aspects of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to pass to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So, what party is responsible for making sure the property is worth the purchase price? This is where you meet the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion of what a buyer could expect to pay — or a seller receive — for a parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Best Working Appraisals will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
Our first task at Best Working Appraisals is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically view aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly exist and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented and illustrate the layout of the home, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
After the inspection, an appraiser uses two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: a sales comparison, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Here, we analyze information on local construction costs, labor rates and other elements to ascertain how much it would cost to build a property comparable to the one being appraised. This value commonly sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers become very familiar with the subdivisions in which they appraise. They thoroughly understand the value of specific 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 home at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as square footage, extra bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject property.
After all differences have been accounted for, the appraiser reconciles the adjusted sales prices of all the comps and then derives an opinion of what the subject could sell for. When it comes to valuing features of homes in Port Hueneme and Ventura, Best Working Appraisals is second to none. The sales comparison approach to value is most often given the most consideration when an appraisal is for a home purchase.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third method of valuing a property is sometimes applied when a neighborhood has a measurable number of rental properties. In this case, the amount of income the real estate generates is taken into consideration along with income produced by comparable properties to derive the current value.
Arriving at a Value Conclusion
Combining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the property at hand. Note: While this amount is probably the strongest indication of what a property is worth, it probably will not be the final sales price. Depending on the individual situations of the buyer or seller, their level of urgency or a buyer's desire for that exact property, the closing price of a home can always be driven 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 is actually worth. Here's what it all boils down to, an appraiser from Best Working Appraisals will help you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.