What are the components of an appraisal?Purchasing a home is the largest investment some people could ever make. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, an additional vacation home or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is a complex financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to pull it all off.
Practically all the participants are very familiar. The real estate agent is the most known person in the exchange. Then, the bank provides the money necessary to finance the exchange. Ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the buyer 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 estimate 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 Alabama licensed appraiser from Steven Wingard will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal startsOur first duty at Steven Wingard is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must see aspects of the property first hand, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc., to ensure they truly exist and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and document 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 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 the property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Cost ApproachThis is where the appraiser uses information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to determine how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure commonly sets the upper limit 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 certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the area and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as fireplaces, room layout, appliance upgrades, extra bathrooms or bedrooms, or quality of construction, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third method of valuing a house is sometimes applied when an area has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this scenario, the amount of income the real estate produces is taken into consideration along with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
ReconciliationCombining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the property in question. The estimate of value on 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 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 often used as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in case they had to sell the property again. At the end of the day: An appraiser from Steven Wingard will guarantee you get the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.