What goes into an appraisal?Getting a home can be the largest transaction most will ever encounter. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
Practically all the participants are quite familiar. The most familiar person in the exchange is the real estate agent. Next, the bank provides the financial capital required to fund the transaction. Ensuring all details of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to pass to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So what party is responsible for making sure the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. 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 Texas licensed appraiser from Digital Valuation Solutions will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsOur first responsibility at Digital Valuation Solutions is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must see features hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they really exist and are in the shape a typical person would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented and describe the layout of the home, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, we identify any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Following the inspection, we use 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, we analyze information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to determine how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This value usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers get to know the communities in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of specific features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in close proximity to the subject 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 additional storage space, we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - the appraiser may use a third method of valuing a property. In this case, the amount of income the real estate generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to determine the current value.
Arriving at a Value ConclusionCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property in question. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always the final sales price even though it is likely the best indication of what a property could sell for in an open market. There are always mitigating factors such as the seller's desire to get out of the property, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust the final price up or down. But 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 sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Digital Valuation Solutions will help you get the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.