What Is an Appraisal?
A home purchase is the most important transaction most will ever consider. It doesn't matter if a primary residence, an additional vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
Most people are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most known face in the transaction. Next, the lender provides the money required to finance the transaction. The title company makes sure that all areas of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the purchaser.
So, who makes sure the value of the real estate is in line with the amount being paid? This is where you meet 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 licensed, certified, professional appraiser from Kendon Sitton's Appraisals will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
To ascertain the true status of the property, it's our duty to first perform a thorough inspection. We must actually view features, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc, to ensure they indeed are present and are in the condition a typical buyer would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the property, ensuring the square footage is proper and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, we identify any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
Following 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, the cost of labor and other elements 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. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Appraisers become very familiar with the communities 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 the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home being appraised. 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 add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately match the features of subject.
A true estimate of what the subject might sell for can only be determined once all differences between the comps and the subject have been evaluated. When it comes to valuing features of homes in Oklahoma City and Oklahoma, Kendon Sitton's Appraisals can't be beat. The sales comparison 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 way of valuing a house is sometimes employed when a neighborhood has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this scenario, the amount of revenue the property generates is factored in with other rents in the area for comparable properties to give an indicator of the current value.
Coming Up With The Final Value
Examining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the subject property. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always 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 the final price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. It all comes down to this, an appraiser from Kendon Sitton's Appraisals will help you discover the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.