Breaking Down the the Appraisal ProcessAcquiring real estate can be the most important investment many people could ever make. It doesn't matter if it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation home or a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is a detailed transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
Most people are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most known person in the transaction. Then, the mortgage company provides the money needed to fund the deal. Ensuring all details of the transaction are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So what party makes sure the value of the property is in line with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. 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 Florida licensed appraiser from Soileau Appraisal Group will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals begin with the property inspectionOur first responsibility at Soileau Appraisal Group is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must see features first hand, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed are there and are in the shape a typical buyer would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property is accurate and document the layout of the house, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, we identify any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
After the inspection, an appraiser employs 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 use information on local construction costs, labor rates and other factors to ascertain how much it would cost to build a property similar to the one being appraised. This estimate often sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers are intimately familiar with the subdivisions in which they work. We thoroughly understand the value of specific features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject being appraised. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as upgraded appliances, additional bathrooms, an additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately match the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing approach to value is sometimes employed when an area has a reasonable number of rental properties. In this scenario, the amount of income the property generates is factored in with income produced by neighboring properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Putting It All TogetherAnalyzing the data from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document 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 seller motivation, 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 the property would likely sell for in an open marketplace. The bottom line is: An appraiser from Soileau Appraisal Group will help you get the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.