An Overview of AppraisalsBuying a home is the biggest financial decision many people will ever consider. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
Most of the parties involved are very familiar. The most familiar person in the exchange is the real estate agent. Next, the bank provides the financial capital necessary to fund the deal. Ensuring all details of the sale are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So who makes sure the property is consistent with the amount being paid? This is where the appraiser comes in. 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 Connecticut licensed appraiser from Fairfield Appraisal will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals start with the home inspectionTo determine the true status of the property, it's our duty to first perform a thorough inspection. We must see features first hand, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly are present and are in the shape a reasonable person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floor plan, ensuring the square footage is proper and conveying the layout of the property. Most importantly, we identify any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Back at the office, an appraiser employs 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, we use information on local construction costs, labor rates and other factors to calculate how much it would cost to build a property similar 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 predictor of value.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers are intimately familiar with the subdivisions in which they work. We innately understand the value of certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home at hand. 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 ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use a third way of valuing real estate. In this case, the amount of revenue the real estate yields is taken into consideration along with income produced by neighboring properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueExamining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the property at hand. The estimate of value at the bottom of the appraisal report is not always the final sales price even though it is likely the best indication of a property's market value Depending on the specific situations 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 the property would likely sell for in an open marketplace. The bottom line is: An appraiser from Fairfield Appraisal will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.