Making Sense of the Appraisal ProcessA home purchase is the most important investment some might ever encounter. It doesn't matter if it's a main residence, a second vacation property or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to pull it all off.
Most of the people involved are very familiar. The real estate agent is the most recognizable face in the transaction. Next, the mortgage company provides the money necessary to finance the deal. Ensuring all aspects of the exchange are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So who makes sure the property is consistent with 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 property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Florida licensed appraiser from Sunbelt Appraisals, Inc will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal startsOur first duty at Sunbelt Appraisals, Inc is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must see aspects of the property hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they indeed are there and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floor plan, ensuring the square footage is accurate and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
Back at the office, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Cost ApproachHere, the appraiser pulls information on local construction costs, labor rates and other factors to determine how much it would cost to build a property similar to the one being appraised. This figure often sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers can tell you a lot about the neighborhoods in which they appraise. We thoroughly understand the value of certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in the neighborhood 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 extra storage space, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately portray the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing approach to value is sometimes employed when an area has a reasonable number of rental properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property produces is taken into consideration along with income produced by similar properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueExamining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the subject property. It is important to note that while the appraised value is probably the most accurate indication of what a house would sell for in an open market, it probably will not be the final sales price. Depending on the specific circumstances 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 typically 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. The bottom line is: An appraiser from Sunbelt Appraisals, Inc will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.