An Overview of AppraisalsBuying a home is the largest investment some people might ever encounter. Whether it's a main residence, an additional vacation property or an investment, purchasing real property is a complex financial transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most recognizable face in the exchange is the real estate agent. Next, the lender provides the money necessary to bankroll the deal. Ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So what party is responsible for making sure the property is consistent with the amount being paid? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased opinion 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 Arkansas licensed appraiser from DLJ Appraisal Service, LLC will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsTo determine an accurate status of the property, it's our responsibility to first complete a thorough inspection. We must see features hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they really are present and are in the condition a typical buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and illustrate the layout of the home, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, we identify any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect 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.
Replacement CostThis is where we gather information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other elements to derive how much it would cost to construct a property similar to the one being appraised. This figure usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers get to know the communities in which they work. We innately understand the value of particular features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home 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 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 an additional approach to value. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property produces is factored in with income produced by comparable properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Putting It All TogetherAnalyzing the data 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 a property's market value There are always mitigating factors such as seller motivation, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is often used 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 DLJ Appraisal Service, LLC will help you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.