Purchasing real estate is the most significant transaction some people might ever make. It doesn't matter if where you raise your family, a second vacation property or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple parties to make it all happen.
You're probably familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The most known entity in the exchange is the real estate agent. Then, the lender provides the financial capital required to fund the transaction. And ensuring all aspects of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So, what party is responsible for making sure the property is worth 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 property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Warren Appraisals will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal starts
Our first duty at Warren Appraisals is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must see aspects of the property hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they truly are present and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floorplan, ensuring the square footage is proper and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, we identify any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
After the inspection, an appraiser uses two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Here, we gather information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to derive how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate commonly sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers get to know the communities in which they appraise. They thoroughly understand the value of specific features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate being appraised. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as square footage, additional bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately match the features of subject property.
A valid estimate of what the subject could sell for can only be determined once all differences between the comps and the subject have been evaluated. When it comes to valuing features of homes in Jonesboro and Craighead, Warren Appraisals can't be beat. The sales comparison approach to value is most often given the most consideration when an appraisal is for a real estate purchase.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing a property is sometimes employed when an area has a measurable number of renter occupied properties. In this scenario, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with income produced by nearby properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom Line
Combining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property at hand. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not necessarily the final sales price even though it is likely the best indication of what a property is worth. Prices can always be driven up or down by extenuating circumstances like the motivation or urgency of a seller or 'bidding wars'. Regardless, the appraised value is often used as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. It all comes down to this, an appraiser from Warren Appraisals will help you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.