What is an appraisal?One's home purchase is the most important transaction some of us may ever consider. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, an additional vacation home or a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
You're likely to be familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most familiar person in the exchange. Then, the lender provides the money required to bankroll the exchange. The title company sees to it that all details of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the buyer.
So who makes sure the value of the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? 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 Massachusetts licensed appraiser from Anthony N. Federico, IFA,RA RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL SERVICES (978) 521-3349 will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Appraisals begin with the home inspectionOur first duty at Anthony N. Federico, IFA,RA RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL SERVICES (978) 521-3349 is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., 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 describe the layout of the home, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Once the site has been inspected, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Replacement CostHere, the appraiser uses information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to figure out how much it would cost to build a property comparable to the one being appraised. This value usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Analyzing Comparable SalesAppraisers get to know the communities in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of certain features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent sales in the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property being appraised. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as fireplaces, room layout, appliance upgrades, extra bathrooms or bedrooms, or quality of construction, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately portray the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - the appraiser may use an additional method of valuing a property. In this situation, the amount of income the real estate generates is taken into consideration along with income produced by comparable properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Arriving at a Value ConclusionCombining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property in question. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always what's being paid for the property even though it is likely the best indication of a property's market value There are always mitigating factors such as seller motivation, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust the final price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in the event they had to put the property on the market again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Anthony N. Federico, IFA,RA RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL SERVICES (978) 521-3349 will help you get the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.