Getting a home is the biggest transaction many could ever make. Whether it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to see it through.
The majority of the participants are quite familiar. The real estate agent is the most familiar person in the transaction. Next, the lender provides the financial capital necessary to finance the deal. And ensuring all requirements of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So, who's responsible for making sure the value of the real estate is consistent with the purchase price? 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 parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Appraisals start with the home inspection
Our first task at Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . 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, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed exist and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the house, ensuring the square footage is correct and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, we look for any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
After the inspection, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of the property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Here, the appraiser uses information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other factors to figure out how much it would cost to build a property nearly identical to the one being appraised. This figure usually sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Appraisers are intimately familiar with the subdivisions in which they appraise. They thoroughly understand the value of specific features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property being appraised. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as upgraded appliances, extra bathrooms, additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we adjust the comparable properties 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 Valrico and Hillsborough, Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . is your local authority. The sales comparison approach to value is most often given the most consideration when an appraisal is for a home exchange.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use a third approach to value. In this case, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with income produced by comparable properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom Line
Combining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the subject property. Note: While this amount is probably the most accurate indication of what a house is worth, 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 typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. Here's what it all boils down to, an appraiser from Appraisal Services of Brandon, Inc . will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.