Breaking Down the the Appraisal ProcessAcquiring a house is the largest transaction most will ever consider. Whether it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation home or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
The majority of the participants are very familiar. The real estate agent is the most familiar face in the transaction. Next, the mortgage company provides the money required to bankroll the exchange. The title company makes sure that all areas of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the buyer.
So who makes sure the value of the real estate is in line with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer might expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Texas licensed appraiser from Crow & Associates will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal startsTo ascertain an accurate status of the property, it's our duty to first complete a thorough inspection. We must physically see features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc., to ensure they truly exist and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented 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 have an impact on the value of the house.
Next, after the inspection, we use two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: a paired sales analysis, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Replacement CostHere, the appraiser uses information on local building costs, labor rates and other elements to ascertain how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure commonly sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers are intimately familiar with the communities in which they work. We thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the homeowners 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 square footage, extra bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately portray the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing approach to value is sometimes used when a neighborhood has a measurable number of rental properties. In this case, the amount of income the property yields is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
Arriving at a Value ConclusionExamining the data from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the subject property. Note: While this amount is probably the most accurate indication of what a property is worth, it probably will not be the price at which the property closes. 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 often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could recover in the event they had to sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Crow & Associates will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.