Purchasing a house can be the most important investment many of us could ever consider. Whether it's a main residence, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, the purchase of real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
You're probably familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The most known entity in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the lender provides the money needed to finance the transaction. And ensuring all details of the transaction are completed and that a clear title transfers to the buyer from the seller is the title company.
So, who's responsible for making sure the property is worth the purchase price? This is where you meet 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 licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal begins
Our first duty at Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must see features first hand, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they really 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 accurate and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious amenities - 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 to determining the value of the property: a paired sales analysis, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
Here, we analyze information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other elements to ascertain how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate commonly sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers can tell you a lot about the neighborhoods in which they work. They innately understand the value of particular features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent sales in the neighborhood and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate in question. 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 portray 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 knowing the true value of features of homes in Arvada and Jefferson, Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC is your local authority. This approach to value is most often awarded the most weight when an appraisal is for a real estate sale.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third method of valuing a house is sometimes employed when a neighborhood has a measurable number of renter occupied properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property produces is taken into consideration along with income produced by similar properties to derive the current value.
Arriving at a Value Conclusion
Combining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property in question. The estimate of value at the bottom of the appraisal report is not necessarily the final sales price even though it is likely the best indication of a property's valueThere are always mitigating factors such as seller motivation, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. But the appraised value is typically used as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. At the end of the day, an appraiser from Keystone Appraisals and Consulting, LLC will help you discover the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.