Purchasing real estate can be the most important transaction most of us might ever consider. Whether it's a primary residence, an additional vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is an involved transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
Most of the participants are very familiar. The real estate agent is the most recognizable face in the transaction. Then, the mortgage company provides the financial capital required to finance the transaction. The title company sees to it that all requirements of the exchange are completed and that a clear title passes to the buyer from the seller.
So, who makes sure the property is worth the purchase price? In comes 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 Precision Appraisal Group, LLC will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
Our first task at Precision Appraisal Group, LLC is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must actually view aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they really are there and are in the condition a typical buyer would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the floorplan, ensuring the square footage is accurate and conveying the layout of the property. Most importantly, we identify any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Back at the office, an appraiser uses two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
This is where the appraiser uses information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to ascertain how much it would cost to construct a property similar to the one being appraised. This value usually 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 communities in which they work. They innately understand the value of specific features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser researches recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate at hand. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as fireplaces, room layout, appliance upgrades, extra bathrooms or bedrooms, or quality of construction, we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
Once all necessary adjustments have been made, 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 worth of features of homes in Austin and Travis, Precision Appraisal Group, LLC can't be beat. The sales comparison approach to value is usually awarded the most importance when an appraisal is for a home purchase.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - we may use an additional approach to value. In this situation, the amount of revenue the real estate generates is taken into consideration along with income produced by similar properties to determine 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 property at hand. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not always what's being paid for the property even though it is likely the best indication of what a property is worth. There are always mitigating factors such as the seller's desire to get out of the property, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could recover in the event they had to put the property on the market again. It all comes down to this, an appraiser from Precision Appraisal Group, LLC will guarantee you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.