Making Sense of the Appraisal ProcessBuying real estate can be the most important financial decision most of us could ever make. Whether it's a main residence, an additional vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to see it through.
Most of the participants are quite familiar. The real estate agent is the most known face in the transaction. Then, the mortgage company provides the money needed to bankroll the transaction. The title company sees to it that all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the purchaser.
So who makes sure the value of the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer could expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Alabama licensed appraiser from Amis Appraisals will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals start with the inspectionTo determine an accurate status of the property, it's our responsibility to first conduct a thorough inspection. We must physically see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly are present and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. To ensure the stated square footage has not been misrepresented and convey the layout of the property, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Following the inspection, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Cost ApproachThis is where we analyze information on local building costs, labor rates and other elements to calculate how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers become very familiar with the subdivisions in which they work. We innately understand the value of certain features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in the area and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property in question. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as square footage, additional bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third method of valuing a house is sometimes applied when a neighborhood has a measurable number of renter occupied properties. In this case, the amount of income the property generates is taken into consideration along with other rents in the area for comparable properties to determine the current value.
Arriving at a Value ConclusionCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the subject property. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not necessarily what's being paid for the property even though it is likely the best indication of a property's market value It's not uncommon for prices to be driven up or down by extenuating circumstances like the motivation or urgency of a seller or 'bidding wars'. But the appraised value is typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could recover in the event they had to sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Amis Appraisals will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.