Real Property Appraisals: A PrimerOne's home purchase can be the most significant investment some people will ever consider. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most familiar person in the transaction. Next, the mortgage company provides the money required to fund the exchange. Ensuring all aspects of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So who's responsible for making sure the value of the property is in line with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion of what a buyer could expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Vermont licensed appraiser from Lareau Appraisal Service will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals begin with the inspectionOur first duty at Lareau Appraisal Service is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically view features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they really exist and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and document the layout of the house, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
After the inspection, an appraiser employs 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 CostHere, the appraiser uses information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other elements to derive how much it would cost to construct a property comparable to the one being appraised. This value usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers can tell you a lot about the communities in which they work. We innately understand the value of certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject in question. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as upgraded appliances, extra bathrooms, an additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately match the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use a third way of valuing a property. In this situation, the amount of income the property produces is factored in with income produced by nearby properties to determine the current value.
The Bottom LineCombining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. The estimate of value at the bottom of the appraisal report is not necessarily what's being paid for the property even though it is likely the best indication of what a property could sell for in an open market. Depending on the specific circumstances of the buyer or seller, their level of urgency or a buyer's desire for that exact property, the closing price of a home can always be driven up or down. But the appraised value is typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in case they had to put the property on the market again. The bottom line is: An appraiser from Lareau Appraisal Service will guarantee you discover the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.