Real Estate Appraisals: A PrimerBuying a house can be the biggest investment most people could ever make. It doesn't matter if it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is a detailed transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
Most of the parties involved are quite familiar. The most known entity in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the bank provides the financial capital necessary to fund the deal. The title company makes sure that all aspects of the sale are completed and that a clear title passes from the seller to the purchaser.
So what party is responsible for making sure the real estate is consistent with the purchase price? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased estimate 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 California licensed appraiser from Taranto Appraisal Services will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Inspecting the subject propertyTo determine an accurate status of the property, it's our responsibility to first perform a thorough inspection. We must physically see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed are there and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property is accurate and document the layout of the property, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, we look for any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Back at the office, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Replacement CostHere, we pull information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other factors to derive how much it would cost to construct a property comparable to the one 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 get to know the subdivisions in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of particular features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate in question. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as square footage, extra bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - the appraiser may use a third approach to value. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom LineCombining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the property at hand. Note: While this amount 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. It's not uncommon for prices to be driven up or down by extenuating circumstances like the motivation or urgency of a seller or 'bidding wars'. 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. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Taranto Appraisal Services will help you get the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.