What are the parts of an appraisal?One's home purchase can be the largest financial decision some could ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation home or an investment, purchasing real property is a complex financial transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
Most of the parties participating are quite familiar. The most familiar face in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the bank provides the financial capital necessary to finance the exchange. The title company sees to it that all requirements of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the purchaser.
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 opinion of what a buyer could expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Minnesota licensed appraiser from A.M.P. Appraisals, Inc will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsOur first responsibility at A.M.P. Appraisals, Inc 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, and so on, to ensure they truly are present and are in the condition a typical buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated square footage is accurate and convey the layout of the home, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Once the site has been inspected, we use 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.
Replacement CostHere, we analyze information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to determine how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure commonly sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers get to know the subdivisions in which they appraise. We thoroughly understand the value of specific features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property in question. Using knowledge of the value of 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 an additional approach to value. In this scenario, the amount of revenue the property yields is factored in with income produced by similar properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueExamining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the subject property. Note: While the appraised value is probably the best indication of what a house would sell for in an open market, it may not be the final sales price. It's not uncommon for prices to 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 would likely sell for in an open marketplace. The bottom line is: An appraiser from A.M.P. Appraisals, Inc will help you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.