Terry Appraisals LLC. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(List of questions) The method of producing an appraisal report consists of an inspection which forms an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is arrived at by a formal method that generally uses three "common approaches to value". One of the processes is the Cost Approach - which is how much it would cost to replace the improvements, minus physical deterioration and other factors, plus the land value. Another of the processes is the Sales Comparison Approach - which concerns discovering a comparison to other similar properties within a close vicinity which have recently sold. The Sales Comparison Approach is normally the most accurate and best indicator of a liklely sales price for a house. One of the least common approaches in appraising residential properties is the Income Approach, which is commonly used to find the value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the income produced by the property.
What does an appraiser do?(List of questions) An appraiser provides a fair and credible assessment of market value, to be used in making real estate transactions. Appraisers exhibit their expert findings in appraisal reports.
Why would I request your services?(List of questions) There are many reasons to get an appraisal with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for getting an appraisal report include:
How is an appraisal different than a home inspection? (List of questions)Appraisers do not do provide home inspections and are not home inspectors. A third-party home inspector will judge the structure of the house, from the roof to the bottom. Commonly, a home inspection report will discuss the amenities and the necessities of the house: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical systems, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural capacity of the home such as the attic, visible insulation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, then the foundation, basement and visible structures.
What is the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis (CMA)?(List of questions) Simply put, it's apples and oranges. What the CMA depends on are superficial trends. Appraisals use comparable sales which are valid resources. The appraisal report will also include location and building costs. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. An appraisal delivers a defensible and carefully documented opinion of value.
But the most significant factor is the person creating the report. Real estate agents write CMA's, and they don't always know the whole market or have specific competence when it comes to home valuation. The appraisal is produce by a licensed, certified professional who has made a career out of valuing properties. Further, the appraiser is an unbiased voice, with no vested interest in the value of a home, unlike the real estate agent, whose income is tied to the price of the home.
What's in an appraisal report? (List of questions)The main objective of an appraisal document is to let the reader know the value of the real estate in question, and depending on the scope of the report, you'll usually see the following:
After completing the report, what assurance is there that the value conclusion is legitimate?(List of questions) In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who hires Terry Appraisals LLC.(List of questions) Commonly, appraisers are employed by mortgage lenders to estimate the value of property involved in a loan transaction - to make sure the property is truly adequate collateral for the loan. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does Terry Appraisals LLC. get the data used to estimate values in Baxter County or other areas?(List of questions) Collecting data is one of the main tasks an appraiser performs. Data can be split into Specific or General. Specific data is from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are documented by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is collected from a number of places. To find out about recent sales to be used as "comps", an appraiser will often go to the local Multiple Listing Service. Tax records and other courthouse documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Appraisers routinely need to report when a property lies in a flood zone, and that information is retrieved from a FEMA data outlet such as a la mode's InterFlood product.
And most importantly, the appraiser gathers general data from his or her past experience in doing assignments for other properties in the same market.
How can a licensed appraiser help me?(List of questions) If you're involved in any kind of financial decision and the value of your home is relevant, you'll want an appraisal. For those selling a home, you'll want to figure out the 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, you can avoid overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. If you're engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. Simply put, a home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Without knowing its real value, wise financial decisions are impossible.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?(List of questions) PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI takes care of the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the house is lower than the loan balance. 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.
Does the appraiser need anything from me in advance?(List of questions) We begin with an inspection of the property. 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 features. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house . Trim any landscaping and relocate any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. Indoors, make sure the appraiser can get to items like furnaces and water heaters.
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:
Who actually owns the appraisal report?(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 report - 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.
This rule doesn't apply when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. In these situations, the appraiser may state 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're in a neigborhood of small to medium priced homes, a media room may not be something people in that price range want
As a rule, the best ROI from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. According to one national survey, kitchen remodels returned an average of 88% of the investment. In other words, a $10,000 kitchen remodeling project would add approximately $8,800 to the value of the home. Bathrooms weren't far behind, yielding 85%. On the contrary, work that may not add value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.