NET Appraisals, Inc has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(List of questions) An appraiser provides an estimation that leads to an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is figured by using a formal process that typically uses three "common approaches to value". One of the methods in use is the Cost Approach, which evaluates what it would cost to replace the improvements to the home, less the age and physical dilapidation, plus the land value. Easily the most common approach in finding the value of a home is the Sales Comparison Approach which concerns concluding a comparison to similar homes close by. Being the most popular approach, the Sales Comparison Approach is considered the most precise and best indicator of market value for a home. The third approach is the Income Approach, which is the most important method in appraising income producing properties - it deals with estimating what an investor would pay based on the income produced by the property.
What does an appraiser do?(List of questions) An appraiser forumlates an unprejudiced and well supported determination of market value, in the support of real property exchanges. Appraisers present their expert conclusions in appraisal reports.
What would cause me to require a real estate appraisal?(List of questions) There are a lot of reasons to obtain an appraisal with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Some other reasons for obtaining an appraisal report include:
How is an appraisal different than a home inspection? (List of questions)Home inspectors do not generate an opinion of value and are not appraisers. An inspection is a third-party investigation of the livable structure and appliances of a property, from the top to the bottom. Usually, a home inspection report will explain the amenities and the necessities of the house: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical services, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural integrity of the home such as the attic, exposed insulation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, then the foundation, basement and visible structures.
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?(List of questions) Simply, they have nothing in common. What the CMA depends on are vague trends. The appraisal is based on specific verifiable comparable sales. The appraisal report will also include location and building costs. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. Being a documented and carefully investigated opinion of value, appraisals are defensible and stand up in legal situations.
The person creating the report is frankly the biggest difference between a CMA and an appraisal. Real estate agents, who may not have a complete understanding of valuation methods or the entire market, generate CMA's. A certified, state licensed professional who made a career on valuing homes in and around Anderson County creates the appraisal. Likewise, the agent has a vested interest in the property's selling price - their commission - whereas the appraiser is bound by a code of ethics to collect only a previously agreed upon fee for work they perform, regardless of their value conclusion.
What are the contents of an appraisal report? (List of questions)The main purpose of an appraisal document is to provide a value opinion, and depending on the scope of the report, you'll usually see the following:
After completing the appraisal, how can I have confidence that the value indicated is valid?(List of questions) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must ensure the following:
Who hires an appraiser?(List of questions) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's typical customer, requesting their services to ensure property involved in a mortgage transaction is adequate collateral for a loan. Attorneys and CPAs also hire appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does NET Appraisals, Inc get the information used to estimate values in Anderson County or other areas?(List of questions) One of the main tasks an appraiser engages in is to gather property data. Data can be categorized as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is gathered from a numerous sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) have data on recently sold homes that could be used as comparables. To double-check actual sales prices, we look at tax records and other public documents. Flood zone data is available from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood product.
And last but not least, the appraiser assembles general data from his or her past experience in doing assignments for other houses in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(List of questions) An appraisal is a valuable tool anytime the value of your home is pertinent to a financial decision. When selling your house, an appraisal helps you set the most appropriate price. When buying, you can avoid overpaying by getting an independent appraisal. For people settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from NET Appraisals, Inc is the best way to ensure assets are divided evenly. Simply put, a house is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value is essential to making the right financial decisions.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?(List of questions) PMI is the common abbreviation for for Private Mortgage Insurance. This supplementary policy covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan. Once you can prove the amount you owe on your home is less than 80% of the home's market value, you can make a case to your lender to drop the PMI.
Do you need anything from the homeowner in advance?(List of questions) The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. What this entails is the appraiser, after setting up an appointment, personally going through the home - recording the layout of the rooms, taking photos and documenting the general status of its amenities. On the home's interior, make sure it is clutter free and that we can access things like furnaces and water heaters. On the outside, trim any landscaping so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of outside walls.
You can make our visit go faster and improve the accuracy of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
What does "Market Value" mean?(List of questions) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Does the appraisal belong to the bank or the consumer?(List of questions) In most real estate transactions, the appraisal is ordered by the lender. While the buyer pays for the report as part of the closing costs, the lender retains the right to use the report or any information contained within. The buyer is certainly entitled to a copy of the appraisal - it's usually included with all the other closing documents - but is not entitled to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
It's different when it's the homeowner hiring the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. In these situations, the appraiser may define the purpose of the appraisal; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
I want to get more for my house. Where should I spend money renovating?(List of questions) This really depends on where the home is. For example, if you live in a cold region, insulated windows can be a real plus. But they aren't as attractive in a warm-weather climate.
As a rule, the most value returned from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. One recent study revealed that putting $20,000 into a kitchen remodel would add about $17,500 to the value of the home - or about an 88% return on investment. Bathrooms weren't far behind, returning 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also boost the value of your home (when done well) as long as your home doesn't then become overbuilt for your neighborhood in terms of size.