Real Estate Appraisals: A PrimerOne's home purchase is the most serious investment many of us might ever consider. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple parties to make it all happen.
You're probably familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most recognizable face in the exchange is the real estate agent. Then, the bank provides the financial capital necessary to bankroll the deal. Ensuring all details of the exchange are completed and that a clear title passes from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So who makes sure the property is consistent with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion 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 professional Colorado licensed appraiser from Routt County Appraisers will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal startsOur first task at Routt County Appraisers is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically view features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they indeed are there and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floor plan, ensuring the square footage is proper and conveying the layout of the property. 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, we use two or three approaches when determining the value of real property: a paired sales analysis, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Replacement CostThis is where we pull information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to determine how much it would cost to replace the property 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.
Paired Sales AnalysisAppraisers get to know the neighborhoods in which they appraise. We innately understand the value of specific features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up 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 remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or extra storage space, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately match the features of subject.
Valuation Using the Income ApproachA third method of valuing a house is sometimes applied when an area has a measurable number of rental properties. In this situation, the amount of income the real estate generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to determine the current value.
The Bottom LineCombining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the property in question. 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 what a property is worth. 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 typically used 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 sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to: An appraiser from Routt County Appraisers will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions. Call us today at 970-879-1011