Home Appraisals: A PrimerGetting a home is the most significant investment many of us could ever make. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation home or an investment, purchasing real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most familiar person in the exchange is the real estate agent. Then, the bank provides the money necessary to finance the exchange. Ensuring all requirements of the sale are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So what party is responsible for making sure the value of the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? 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 Wisconsin licensed appraiser from Adamovich Appraisals will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals start with the home inspectionOur first task at Adamovich Appraisals 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, and so on, to ensure they truly are present and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented and illustrate the layout of the property, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect 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 uses information on local building costs, labor rates and other elements to figure out how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This value usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers become very familiar with the subdivisions in which they work. We innately understand the value of particular features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as square footage, additional 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 are more accurately in line with the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third method of valuing approach to value is sometimes used when an area has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with income produced by nearby properties to derive the current value.
Putting It All TogetherCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. Note: While the appraised value is probably the most accurate indication of what a house would sell for in an open market, it may not be the price at which the property closes. Prices can always be driven up or down by extenuating circumstances like the motivation or urgency of a seller or 'bidding wars'. Regardless, 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 put the property on the market again. The bottom line is: An appraiser from Adamovich Appraisals will help you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.