An Overview of the Appraisal ProcessOne's home purchase is the most significant transaction most of us might ever encounter. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, a second vacation property or a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is a detailed financial transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most known entity in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the mortgage company provides the financial capital necessary to fund the transaction. Ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to pass to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So who makes sure the value of the real estate is in line with the amount being paid? This is where you meet the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion of what a buyer might expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional Illinois licensed appraiser from Financial Control Group, Inc. will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal beginsTo determine the true status of the property, it's our duty to first perform a thorough inspection. We must physically see features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc., to ensure they indeed are there and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated square footage has not been misrepresented and describe the layout of the house, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
Back at the office, we use 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 building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to calculate how much it would cost to construct a property comparable to the one being appraised. This figure usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Sales ComparisonAppraisers get to know the subdivisions in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of particular features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property in question. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or additional storage space, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately portray the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachIn the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use a third way of valuing a house. In this case, the amount of revenue the real estate produces is taken into consideration along with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With the Final ValueAnalyzing the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down 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 individual circumstances 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. Regardless, the appraised value is typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in case they had to sell the property again. At the end of the day: An appraiser from Financial Control Group, Inc. will help you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.