BC HOME APPRAISALS has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal (List of questions)An appraisal is an estimation leading to an opinion of value. There are three "common approaches to value" which helps the real estate appraiser come to this opinion or estimate. The Cost Approach is one of the methods that real estate appraisers use to find value; it involves discerning what the improvements would cost less physical deterioration, plus the land value. Another of the approaches is the Sales Comparison Approach - which concerns making a comparison to other similar nearby properties which have recently sold. Being the most popular approach, the Sales Comparison Approach tends to be the most precise and best indicator of market value for a house. The Income Approach is mainly used for determining the market value of income-producing properties based on what an investor would pay based on the amount of income a property produce.
Describe what an appraiser does (List of questions)An appraiser generates a professional, unbiased opinion of market value, often in the context of a real estate exchange. Appraisers present their expert analysis in appraisal reports.
What are the reasons someone would require services from BC HOME APPRAISALS? (List of questions)There are many reasons to order an appraisal with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for purchasing an report include:
How is an appraisal different than a home inspection? (List of questions)Appraisers do not do complete residential property inspections and are not home inspectors. The point of a home inspection is to investigate the structure of the house from bottom to attic. The general home inspector's report will contain an evaluation of the condition of the house's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
What is the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis (CMA)? (List of questions)Honestly, they have nothing in common. What the CMA relies upon are superficial trends. The appraisal relies on specific valid comparable sales. Also, the appraisal verifies other factors like condition, neighborhood and replacement prices. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. Delivering a defensible and careful analysis, an appraisal will give a clear opinion of value.
The credentials of the person creating the report is frankly the biggest difference between a CMA and an appraisal. A CMA is written by a real estate agent who may or may not be trained in technical valuation concepts or even have a handle on market trends. The appraisal is produce by a licensed, certified professional who makes a living out of valuing properties. Moreover, the appraiser is an unbiased party, with no vested interest in the property's value, unlike the real estate agent, who gets a commission based upon the price of the home.
What are the contents of an appraisal report? (List of questions)Every appraisal should indicate a believable estimate of value and must document the following:
Upon completion of the report, how can I have certainty that the final number is veritable? (List of questions)In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must ensure the following:
Who employs appraisers? (List of questions)Commonly, appraisers are employed by mortgage lenders to render a value opinion on a home involved in a loan transaction. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does an appraiser get the data used to estimate values in Maricopa County or other areas? (List of questions)Gathering data is one of the primary tasks an appraiser engages in. Data can be classified as either Specific or General. Specific data is collected from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are documented by the appraiser while on site.
General data is received from a numerous places. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) provide information on recently sold homes that might be used as comparables. To double-check actual sales prices, we use items in the assessor's office and other public documents that are usually online nowadays. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood servers.
And last but not least, the appraiser assimilates general data from his or her past experience in doing assignments for other properties in the same market.
Why do I need a professional appraisal? (List of questions)Any time the value of your home or other real property is being used to make a significant financial decision, an appraisal helps. When selling your house, an appraisal will help you determine a price that maximizes profit and reduces time on the market. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by getting an independent appraisal. If you're engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. A home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Don't make decisions in the dark with a professional appraisal.
My mortgage statement has an item on it for PMI? Can I get rid of that? (List of questions)PMI is an acronym for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI takes care of the lender if a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the house is lower than the balance of the loan. Once you reach the point where your home's equity plus the amount you've paid is at least 20% of your loan balance, you can have your PMI dropped.
Should I do anything in advance of the appraisal appointment (List of questions)The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. During this process, we will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home's general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. On the home's interior, pick up any clutter and make sure we can find our way to things like furnaces and water heaters. In the yard, trim any landscaping so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of exterior walls.
To help expedite our work as well as ensure a more accurate report, try if possible to have the following items:
Define "Market Value" (List of questions)In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Who has rights to the appraisal report? (List of questions)For mortgage transactions, the lender orders the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. Even though it's the buyer that eventually pays for the report, the lender is the intended user. The buyer is entitled to a copy of the appraisal - it's usually bundled with all the other closing documents - but is not allowed to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
This rule doesn't apply when a home owner hires an appraiser directly. In these cases, the appraiser may define how the appraisal can be used; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
Which home renovations add the most to the price? (List of questions)The added value of a particular amenity truly depends on the local market. For example, if you're in a neigborhood of small to medium priced homes, a media room may not be something people in that price range want
As a rule, the best ROI from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. One recent study revealed that putting $20,000 into a kitchen remodel would add about $17,500 to the value of the home - or about an 88% return on investment. Bathrooms are right up there with kitchens, returning 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also help the value of your home (when done well) as long as your home doesn't then become an oddball for your neighborhood in terms of size.