AZ Appraisal Service has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(See list of FAQ's) An appraisal report is an evaluation leading to an opinion of value. There are three "common approaches to value" which assists the real estate appraiser come to this opinion or valuation. The Cost Approach is one of the approaches that appraisers use to find value; it involves figuring what the improvements would cost without physical degradation, plus the land value. The Sales Comparison Approach involves finding similar properties nearby and discovering the value based on comparing those homes to the house being appraised. The Sales Comparison Approach is normally the most definitive and clearest indicator of a liklely sales price for a residential property. One of the least common approaches in appraising houses is the Income Approach, which is mainly used to determine the value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the capital produced by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does(See list of FAQ's) An appraiser produces a fair and credible opinion of market value, in the support of real property exchanges. Appraisers show their investigation in appraisal reports.
Why would I require your services?(See list of FAQ's) There are a lot of reasons to purchase an appraisal from AZ Appraisal Service with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for obtaining an appraisal include:
What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection? (See list of FAQ's)Home inspectors do not provide an opinion of value and do not do appraisal reports. A third-party home inspector will investigate the structure of the home, from the top to the bottom. The stereotypical home inspector's report will contain an evaluation of the condition of the home's heating systems, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and accessible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal?(See list of FAQ's) Honestly, they share nothing in common. The CMA depends on indistinct trends in the market. Appraisals use similar sales which are verifiable resources. Area and architectural values are also important in an appraisal. A CMA delivers a "ball park figure." An appraisal delivers a defensible and carefully documented opinion of value.
But the largest differentiator is who's creating the report. Real estate agents, who may not have a true grasp of valuation methods or the entire market, write CMA's. The appraisal is produce by a licensed, certified professional who makes a living out of valuing properties. Likewise, the agent has something at stake since they get a commission based on the property's selling price whereas the appraiser is bound by a code of ethics to collect only a flat fee for work they perform, regardless of their value conclusion.
What are the contents of an appraisal report? (See list of FAQ's)The main point of an appraisal report is to give a value opinion, and depending on the scope of the report, one will customarily see the following:
Upon completion of the appraisal, how can I have assurance that the final number is valid?(See list of FAQ's) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must see to it that each of the items below are covered:
Who do appraisers work for?(See list of FAQ's) Commonly, appraisers are hired by mortgage lenders to estimate the value of a home involved in a loan transaction. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does AZ Appraisal Service get the information used to estimate values in Camden County or other areas?(See list of FAQ's) Gathering data is one of the primary tasks an appraiser does. Data can be described as either Specific or General. Specific data is collected from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is collected from a many sources. To find out about recently sold homes to be used as "comps", we typically use the local Multiple Listing Service. To verify actual sales prices, we look at tax records and other public documents that are usually online nowadays. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood servers.
And last but not least, the appraiser assimilates general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from creating appraisals for other houses in the same market.
Why do I need a professional appraisal?(See list of FAQ's) If you're making some sort of financial decision and the value of your home is relevant, you'll want to hire a licensed appraiser. For those selling a home, you'll want to determine a price that gets you the most profit but also ensures you don't have to wait too long for a buyer to show up; an appraisal can help with that. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. If you're engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. A home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Without knowing its real value, wise financial decisions are impossible.
My mortgage statement has an item on it for PMI? Can I get rid of that?(See list of FAQ's) PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. This supplementary plan guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the home is less than the balance of the loan. Once you reach the point where your home's equity plus the amount you've paid is at least 20% of your loan balance, you can have your PMI dropped.
Should I do anything in advance of the appraisal appointment(See list of FAQ's) We start with an inspection of the home. During this process, we will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home's general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house . Trim any bushes and relocate any items that would get in our way while we measure the structure. On the inside, make sure the appraiser can easily access appliances like furnaces and water heaters.
The following items, if available, will help your appraiser to provide a more accurate appraisal in a shorter period of time:
What does "Market Value" mean?(See list of FAQ's) In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Who actually owns the appraisal report?(See list of FAQ's) For mortgage transactions, the lender requests the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. 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 bundled with all the other closing documents - but is not allowed to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
The exception to this rule is when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. In these cases, the appraiser may state the purpose of the appraisal; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stipulated 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?(See list of FAQ's) 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.
No matter where you go, however, renovating a kitchen is almost always a safe investment. 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 were second, returning 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also help the value of your home (when done well) as long as your home doesn't then become atypical for your neighborhood in terms of size.