What goes into an appraisal?One's home purchase can be the largest investment most of us may ever consider. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation home or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is a detailed transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
You're likely to be familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most recognizable face in the transaction. Then, the lender provides the money required to finance the transaction. Ensuring all requirements of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So who makes sure the real estate is consistent with the purchase price? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased estimate 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 Missouri licensed appraiser from Hollingsworth Appraisal Services, LLC will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals begin with the inspectionOur first responsibility at Hollingsworth Appraisal Services, LLC is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must physically see features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc., to ensure they truly are there and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented and illustrate the layout of the house, the inspection often requires 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 property.
Following the inspection, 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, the appraiser analyzes information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to calculate how much it would cost to build a property similar to the one being appraised. This value 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 work. We thoroughly understand the value of certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as upgraded appliances, additional bathrooms, an additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing a property is sometimes used when a neighborhood has a measurable number of renter occupied properties. In this scenario, the amount of income the real estate generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to determine the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always 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 the seller's desire to get out of the property, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. 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 case they had to sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Hollingsworth Appraisal Services, LLC will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.