Breaking Down the the Appraisal Process
Getting a house
the most important
It doesn't matter if it's
where you raise your family,
a seasonal vacation property or
a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is
a complex financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
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The majority of the participants are quite familiar.
The real estate agent is the most familiar person in the exchange.
Next, the mortgage company provides the financial capital necessary to fund the exchange.
The title company sees to it that all requirements of the exchange are completed and that a clear title passes to the buyer from the seller.
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 could expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Nebraska licensed appraiser from Amy S. Schweers will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal begins
Our first task at Amy S. Schweers is to inspect the property to determine its true status.
We must actually view aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed exist and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be.
The inspection often includes a sketch of the floor plan, ensuring the square footage is proper and conveying the layout of the property.
Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Next, after the inspection, 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.
This is where we pull information on local building 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 usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers can tell you a lot about the subdivisions in which they appraise.
We thoroughly understand the value of certain features to the people of that area.
Then, the appraiser researches recent sales in the area and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as
fireplaces, room layout, appliance upgrades, additional bathrooms or bedrooms, or quality of construction, we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
When it comes to valuing features of homes in Wayne and Wayne, Amy S. Schweers is second to none.
This approach to value is commonly given the most importance when an appraisal is for a real estate purchase.
Say, for example, the comparable property has a storm shelter and the subject doesn't, the appraiser may subtract the value of a storm shelter from the sales price of the comparable.
If the subject property has an extra half-bathroom and the comparable does not, the appraiser might add an amount to the comparable property.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - the appraiser may use a third way of valuing a house.
In this case, the amount of income the real estate produces is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With the Final Value
Combining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the subject property.
The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always the final sales price even though it is likely the best indication of what a property could sell for in an open market.
Depending on the individual 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 typically used 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.
At the end of the day: An appraiser from Amy S. Schweers will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.
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