Decoding the Appraisal ProcessGetting a home is the biggest financial decision most will ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, a second vacation property or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
You're probably familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most familiar face in the transaction. Next, the bank provides the financial capital necessary to fund the deal. The title company ensures that all areas of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the buyer.
So what party is responsible for making sure the real estate is consistent with the purchase price? This is where the appraiser comes in. 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 Florida licensed appraiser from Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Inspecting the subject propertyOur first task at Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must see aspects of the property hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they truly are there and are in the shape a reasonable person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the house, ensuring the square footage is accurate and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Once the site has been inspected, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Cost ApproachHere, the appraiser gathers information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to figure out how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers can tell you a lot about the communities in which they work. We thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property at hand. Using knowledge of the value of 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.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use an additional method of valuing real estate. In this case, the amount of revenue the property produces is factored in with income produced by similar properties to give an indicator of the current value.
The Bottom LineExamining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property at hand. 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 the final price up or down. But the appraised value is often used 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 put the property on the market again. It all comes down to this: An appraiser from Associated Appraisal Group, Inc. will help you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.
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