What is an appraisal?Buying a house is the most serious transaction most of us may ever consider. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is a detailed 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 known face in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the bank provides the financial capital necessary to fund the exchange. Ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to pass 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? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased estimate 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 Maryland licensed appraiser from Paul Silverman will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals start with the home inspectionOur first responsibility at Paul Silverman is to inspect the property to determine 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 buyer would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property is accurate and describe the layout of the property, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, we look for any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Following the inspection, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Cost ApproachThis is where we gather information on local construction costs, labor rates and other factors to calculate how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers become very familiar with the subdivisions in which they work. We innately understand the value of certain features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate 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 adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing approach to value is sometimes applied when an area has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property produces is factored in with income produced by comparable properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. It is important to note that while this amount is probably the most accurate indication of what a property would sell for in an open market, it probably will not be the final sales price. There are always mitigating factors such as the seller's desire to get out of the property, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in the event they had to put the property on the market again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Paul Silverman will help you get the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.