What Are the Components of an Appraisal?
A home purchase can be the largest investment many people could ever encounter. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is a detailed transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
Practically all the participants are very familiar. The most familiar person in the transaction is the real estate agent. Next, the bank provides the money required to fund the transaction. And the title company sees to it that all aspects of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to pass to the buyer from the seller.
So, what party is responsible for making sure the value of the property is in line with the amount being paid? This is where you meet 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 licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Bianca Dulfer, LLC will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
Our first task at Bianca Dulfer, LLC is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically see features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they really are present and are in the condition a typical buyer would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented and illustrate the layout of the property, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
After the inspection, an appraiser uses two or three approaches to determining the value of the property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Here, we use information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other factors to derive how much it would cost to construct a property comparable to the one being appraised. This figure commonly sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Appraisers become very familiar with the neighborhoods in which they appraise. They innately understand the value of specific features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as square footage, extra bathrooms, hardwood floors, fireplaces or view lots (just to name a few), we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject.
In the end, the appraiser reconciles the adjusted sales prices of all the comps and then derives an opinion of what the subject could sell for. When it comes to knowing the true value of features of homes in Marble Falls and Burnet, Bianca Dulfer, LLC is your local authority. This approach to value is usually awarded the most importance when an appraisal is for a real estate sale.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing a property is sometimes applied when an area has a measurable number of renter occupied properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with income produced by neighboring properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Putting It All Together
Combining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the property at hand. It is important to note that while the appraised value is probably the best indication of what a property is worth, it may not be the final sales price. 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 typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. The bottom line is, an appraiser from Bianca Dulfer, LLC will help you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.