Their home's purchase is the most significant investment some of us may ever consider. Whether it's a main residence, an additional vacation property or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple parties to make it all happen.
You're probably familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most known entity in the exchange. Next, the bank provides the money required to bankroll the exchange. And ensuring all aspects of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
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 opinion of what a buyer might expect to pay — or a seller receive — for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Sunrise Appraisal Services will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Appraisals begin with the property inspection
Our first responsibility at Sunrise Appraisal Services is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically see features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc, to ensure they indeed are there and are in the condition a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and illustrate the layout of the home, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, we identify any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Once the site has been inspected, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of the property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
This is where we analyze information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other factors to derive how much it would cost to build a property similar to the one being appraised. This figure usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Appraisers become very familiar with the neighborhoods in which they appraise. They thoroughly understand the value of specific features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in the area and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or extra storage space, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject.
In the end, the appraiser reconciles the adjusted sales prices of all the comps and then derives an opinion of what the subject could sell for. At Sunrise Appraisal Services, we are an authority when it comes to knowing the value of particular items in Sweetwater and McMinn County neighborhoods. The sales comparison approach to value is most often awarded the most importance when an appraisal is for a home exchange.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use an additional method of valuing a house. In this situation, the amount of revenue the real estate generates is taken into consideration along with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
Arriving at a Value Conclusion
Examining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the subject property. Note: While the appraised value 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 individual 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 used as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. It all comes down to this, an appraiser from Sunrise Appraisal Services will help you get the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.