Understanding AppraisalsGetting a house is the most significant financial decision most may ever encounter. Whether it's a primary residence, a seasonal vacation home or an investment, purchasing real property is a detailed financial transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most known face in the exchange. Next, the mortgage company provides the financial capital needed to finance the transaction. Ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to transfer to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So who makes sure the value of the property is consistent with the purchase price? In comes the appraiser. 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 Colorado licensed appraiser from Appraise Colorado will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsOur first task at Appraise Colorado is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must physically see features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc., 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 property, ensuring the square footage is proper and conveying the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
After 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 calculate how much it would cost to build a property nearly identical to the one being appraised. This estimate usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers become very familiar with the communities in which they appraise. We thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home in question. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as square footage, additional bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), 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 used when an area has a measurable number of rental properties. In this case, the amount of income the property generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom LineExamining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property at hand. It is important to note that while this amount is probably the most reliable indication of what a house would sell for in an open market, it probably will not be the price at which the property closes. Prices can always 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 used 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 Appraise Colorado will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.