What goes into an appraisal?Acquiring real estate can be the most important transaction most people could ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's a primary residence, an additional vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to see it through.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most recognizable entity in the transaction. Next, the mortgage company provides the financial capital necessary to fund the deal. The title company sees to it that all areas of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the purchaser.
So what party makes sure the value of the real estate is in line with the purchase price? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer could expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional California licensed appraiser from JTH Appraisals will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Inspecting the subject propertyOur first duty at JTH Appraisals 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, living areas, etc., to ensure they really are there and are in the shape a typical buyer would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floor plan, ensuring the square footage is accurate and conveying the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
Once the site has been inspected, we use two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: a sales comparison, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Replacement CostHere, the appraiser uses information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to determine how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers get to know the communities in which they work. We innately understand the value of specific features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject being appraised. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or additional storage space, 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 property is sometimes used when an area has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this case, the amount of income the real estate generates is factored in with income produced by neighboring properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Arriving at a Value ConclusionCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. 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 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 employed 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 JTH Appraisals will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.
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