An Overview of AppraisalsA home purchase can be the most serious transaction some of us could ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation home or an investment, purchasing real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to see it through.
Most of the people involved are quite familiar. The real estate agent is the most familiar entity in the exchange. Next, the mortgage company provides the financial capital required to bankroll the deal. The title company ensures that all requirements of the transaction are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the buyer.
So what party is responsible for making sure the value of 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 parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Florida licensed appraiser from Rechkemmer Appraisal Services, Inc. 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 duty to first complete a thorough inspection. We must actually see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they truly are present and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property is accurate and document the layout of the house, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Once the site has been inspected, we use two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: a sales comparison, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Cost ApproachHere, we gather information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other elements to determine how much it would cost to construct a property similar to the one being appraised. This figure often sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers can tell you a lot about the subdivisions in which they work. We innately understand the value of specific features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property in question. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as fireplaces, room layout, appliance upgrades, extra bathrooms or bedrooms, or quality of construction, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately match 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 rental properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the real estate generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to determine the current value.
Arriving at a Value ConclusionExamining the data from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the property at hand. The estimate of value at the bottom of 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 Depending on the specific 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. But the appraised value is often used 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. It all comes down to this: An appraiser from Rechkemmer Appraisal Services, Inc. will guarantee you get the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.