A Description of the Appraisal ProcessPurchasing a home is the biggest transaction most of us might ever consider. Whether it's where you raise your family, an additional vacation property or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to pull it all off.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most recognizable face in the exchange. Next, the lender provides the financial capital required to finance the exchange. Ensuring all areas of the transaction are completed and that a clear title transfers to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So what party makes sure the real estate is consistent with the purchase price? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer might expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Colorado licensed appraiser from Thacker Appraisal Service will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsOur first task at Thacker Appraisal Service is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must see features hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc., to ensure they really are there and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the property, ensuring the square footage is proper and conveying the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Following the inspection, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: a sales comparison, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Cost ApproachHere, we pull information on local building costs, labor rates and other elements to figure out how much it would cost to construct a property comparable to the one being appraised. This estimate usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers are intimately familiar with the communities in which they work. We thoroughly understand the value of certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the area and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject 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 method of valuing real estate is sometimes applied when a neighborhood has a measurable number of rental properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property yields is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to give an indicator of the current value.
The Bottom LineCombining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property at hand. Note: While the appraised value is probably the most reliable indication of what a property 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'. But the appraised value is often employed 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. At the end of the day: An appraiser from Thacker Appraisal Service will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.