Breaking Down the AppraisalsAcquiring real estate is the largest investment some people may ever encounter. It doesn't matter if it's where you raise your family, an additional vacation property or an investment, the purchase of real property is a detailed financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
Most people are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most recognizable entity in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the mortgage company provides the money needed to bankroll the transaction. Ensuring all requirements of the transaction are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So what party 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 Texas licensed appraiser from The Cameron Group will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Inspecting the subject propertyTo ascertain an accurate status of the property, it's our duty to first conduct a thorough inspection. We must physically view features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they truly are there and are in the condition a typical person would expect them to be. To ensure the stated size of the property is accurate and describe the layout of the property, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floor plan. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
Once the site has been inspected, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of the property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Cost ApproachHere, the appraiser analyzes information on local construction costs, labor rates and other elements to ascertain how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate often sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers get to know the subdivisions in which they work. We thoroughly understand the value of certain features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate at hand. Using knowledge of the value of 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 are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third way of valuing real estate is sometimes used when an area has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property yields is taken into consideration along with income produced by similar properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom LineCombining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to stipulate an estimated market value for the property at hand. Note: While the appraised value is probably the most reliable indication of what a house would sell for in an open market, it may not be the price at which the property closes. Depending on the specific 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 often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could recover in the event they had to sell the property again. At the end of the day: An appraiser from The Cameron Group will help you discover the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.