Understanding AppraisalsOne's home purchase can be the most important financial decision some people could ever encounter. Whether it's a primary residence, a seasonal vacation home or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple parties to make it all happen.
You're likely to be familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most known entity in the exchange is the real estate agent. Then, the bank provides the money required to fund the transaction. Ensuring all requirements of the sale are completed and that a clear title passes from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So who makes sure the value of the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? 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 parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Ohio licensed appraiser from Value Opinion LLC will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal startsTo determine the true status of the property, it's our duty to first conduct a thorough inspection. We must actually view features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly are present and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and illustrate the layout of the house, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
Following the inspection, we use two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: a sales comparison, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Cost ApproachHere, the appraiser pulls information on local building costs, labor rates and other factors to ascertain how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate often sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers can tell you a lot about the subdivisions in which they appraise. We thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or extra storage space, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use an additional approach to value. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with income produced by neighboring properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueAnalyzing the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. It is important to note that while this amount is probably the strongest indication of what a property would sell for in an open market, it probably will not be the price at which the property closes. Prices can always be driven up or down by extenuating circumstances like the motivation or urgency of a seller or 'bidding wars'. But the appraised value is typically 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 Value Opinion LLC will guarantee you discover the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.