Acquiring a house can be the biggest investment some people might ever consider. It doesn't matter if a primary residence, a second vacation home or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple parties to make it all happen.
It's likely you are familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The most known face in the exchange is the real estate agent. Then, the mortgage company provides the financial capital necessary to fund the exchange. The title company ensures that all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to pass to the buyer from the seller.
So, what party makes sure the real estate is worth the purchase price? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer might expect to pay — or a seller receive — for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A licensed, certified, professional appraiser from The Fourman Group will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal starts
To determine the true status of the property, it's our responsibility to first conduct a thorough inspection. We must actually view aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly are present and are in the shape a typical person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and document the layout of the home, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Back at the office, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Here, the appraiser analyzes information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to derive how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate often sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Appraisers get to know the neighborhoods in which they work. They thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property at hand. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as upgraded appliances, additional bathrooms, additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they are more accurately in line with the features of the 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. At The Fourman Group, we are experts when it comes to knowing the worth of particular items in Butler, Champaign, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Shelby, and Warren County neighborhoods. This approach to value is usually given the most
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - the appraiser may use a third approach to value. In this scenario, the amount of income the property produces is factored in with income produced by similar properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom Line
Combining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the property in question. Note: While the appraised value is probably the strongest indication of what a house is worth, 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. But the appraised value is often used 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 put the property on the market again. It all comes down to this, an appraiser from The Fourman Group will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.