Buying real estate is the most serious transaction many people could ever consider. It doesn't matter if a primary residence, an additional vacation property or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is a detailed financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
The majority of the people participating are very familiar. The most familiar person in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the mortgage company provides the money needed to bankroll the transaction. And ensuring all aspects of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So, who's responsible for making sure the real estate is worth the purchase price? This is where you meet the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion of what a buyer could expect to pay — or a seller receive — for a parcel of real estate, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A , certified, professional appraiser from Southern Valuation Services, Inc 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 duty to first conduct a thorough inspection. We must see aspects of the property hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc, to ensure they really are there and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated square footage is accurate and illustrate the layout of the property, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, we identify any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
Next, after the inspection, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: a paired sales analysis, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Here, we pull information on local building costs, labor rates and other factors to figure out how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This figure commonly sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Appraisers can tell you a lot about the subdivisions in which they appraise. They innately understand the value of specific features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject being appraised. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as upgraded appliances, additional bathrooms, additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject.
After all differences have been accounted for, 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 putting a value on features of homes in Cherokee County and surrounding counties, Southern Valuation Services, Inc is your local authority. The sales comparison approach to value is commonly given the most importance when an appraisal is for a real estate purchase.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use an additional method of valuing real estate. In this situation, the amount of income the real estate yields is taken into consideration along with other rents in the area for comparable properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With The Final Value
Examining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the property at hand. It is important to note that while the appraised value is probably the best indication of what a house is worth, it probably will not be the price at which the property closes. Depending on the individual situations 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 typically employed 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 put the property on the market again. The bottom line is, an appraiser from Southern Valuation Services, Inc will help you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.