Value Opinion LLC has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
What is an appraisal?
What is an appraisal?(Go to list of questions)The process of producing an appraisal consists of an investigation which forms an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is figured through the use of a formal process that usually utilizes three "common approaches to value". The Cost Approach is one of the processes that real estate appraisers use to find value; it involves concluding what the improvements would cost without physical depreciation, plus the land value. The most common approach in figuring the value of a house is the Sales Comparison Approach which involves concluding a comparison to similar houses close by. Being the most commonly used approach, the Sales Comparison Approach tends to be the most precise and best indicator of market value for a property. One of the least common approaches in appraising homes is the Income Approach, which is mainly used to find the value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the capital produced by the building.
Describe what an appraiser does(Go to list of questions)An appraiser provides an objective and well justified opinion of market value, in the support of real estate transactions. Appraisers reveal the details of their expert investigation in appraisal reports.
What would cause me to require your services?(Go to list of questions)There are a lot of reasons to obtain an appraisal with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for purchasing an report include:
How is an appraisal different than a home inspection? (Go to list of questions)The appraiser is not a home inspector and he or she does not do a comprehensive home inspection. A third-party home inspector will judge the structure of the home, from the top to the bottom. The general property inspector's report will include an evaluation of the condition of the property's heating systems, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and accessible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal?(Go to list of questions)To be blunt, it's like comparing opera to country. The CMA depends on indistinct local market trends. The appraisal is based on specific valid comparable sales. The appraisal report will also include area and building prices. All a CMA does is generate a "ball park figure." Delivering a defensible and careful analysis, an appraisal will give a clear opinion of value.
But the most significant factor is the person behind the report. Real estate agents, who may not have a true grasp of valuation methods or the entire market, create CMA's. A certified, Ohio licensed professional who has formed their livelihood on valuing properties in and around Clermont County creates the appraisal. Moreover, the appraiser is an unbiased voice, with no conditional interest in the value conclusion, unlike the agent, whose income is tied to the value of the home.
What's in an appraisal report? (Go to list of questions)Each report must reflect a supported value opinion and must clearly state the following:
Upon completion of the appraisal, what guarantee is there that the final number is veritable?(Go to list of questions)In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who engages the services of appraisers?(Go to list of questions)Typically, appraisers are employed by mortgage lenders to estimate the value of a home involved in a loan transaction - to make sure the house is truly adequate collateral for the loan. Appraisers also provide opinions in litigation cases, tax matters and investment decisions.
Where does an appraiser get the data used to estimate values in Clermont County or other areas?(Go to list of questions)One of the primary things an appraiser does is to compile property data. Data can be classified as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are noted by the appraiser while on site.
General data is collected from a many sources. To find out about recently sold homes to be used as "comps", we often use the local Multiple Listing Service. Tax records and other public documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood service.
And most importantly, the appraiser assembles general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other houses in the same market.
What can a full appraisal do for me?(Go to list of questions)An appraisal is a worthwhile anytime your home's value is relevant to a financial decision. For those selling a home, you'll want to determine the price that gets you the most profit but also ensures you don't have to wait too long for a buyer to show up; an appraisal can help with that. If you're buying, it makes sure you don't overpay. If you're engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. Simply put, a house is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Don't make decisions in the dark with a professional appraisal.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?(Go to list of questions)PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. It guards the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan. Once you reach the point where your home's equity plus the amount you've paid is at least 20% of your loan balance, you can have your PMI dropped.
How do I get ready for the appraiser?(Go to list of questions)We begin with an inspection of the property. During this process, we will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home's general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. On the home's interior, pick up any clutter and make sure we can get to things like furnaces and water heaters. On the outside, trim any landscaping so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of outside walls.
The following items, if available, will help your appraiser to provide a more accurate appraisal in a shorter period of time:
What is "Market Value?"(Go to list of questions)In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Does the appraisal belong to the bank or the consumer?(Go to list of questions)For mortgage transactions, the lender orders the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. Even though it's the buyer that eventually pays for the report, the lender is the intended user. The buyer is entitled to a copy of the report - it's usually included with all the other closing documents - but is not allowed to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
It's different when it's the homeowner engaging the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. In these situations, the appraiser may stipulate the purpose of the appraisal; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
I want to get more for my house. Where should I spend money renovating?(Go to list of questions)This really depends on where the home is. For example, if you're in a neigborhood of small to medium priced homes, a media room may not be something people in that price range want
As a rule, the best ROI from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. One recent study revealed that putting $20,000 into a kitchen remodel would add about $17,500 to the value of the home - or about an 88% return on investment. Bathrooms were second, yielding 85%. On the contrary, work that may not increase your value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.