What goes into an appraisal?One's home purchase is the most serious financial decision many people might ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's a main residence, an additional vacation property or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
Practically all the people involved are very familiar. The most familiar person in the transaction is the real estate agent. Next, the lender provides the money necessary to finance the transaction. The title company makes sure that all requirements of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the buyer.
So what party is responsible for making sure the value of the property is in line with the purchase price? In comes the appraiser. 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 Washington licensed appraiser from M & M Residential, Inc. will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Inspecting the subject propertyTo ascertain the true status of the property, it's our responsibility to first complete a thorough inspection. We must actually see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed are present and are in the condition a typical buyer would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the house, ensuring the square footage is accurate and conveying the layout of the property. Most importantly, we identify any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
Following the inspection, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Replacement CostHere, the appraiser pulls information on local construction costs, labor rates and other factors to calculate how much it would cost to construct a property nearly identical to the one being appraised. This estimate commonly sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers are intimately familiar with the subdivisions in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of certain features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the area 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 add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately match the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing approach to value is sometimes employed when a neighborhood has a measurable number of rental properties. In this scenario, the amount of income the property yields is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to give an indicator of the current value.
ReconciliationAnalyzing the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property at hand. It is important to note that while the appraised value is probably the most accurate indication of what a house is worth, it probably will not be the price at which the property closes. There are always mitigating factors such as seller motivation, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust the final price up or down. But 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 put the property on the market again. At the end of the day: An appraiser from M & M Residential, Inc. will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.