Acquiring real estate is the most important transaction most people might ever make. It doesn't matter if where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is a detailed financial transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
Most people are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The real estate agent is the most familiar face in the exchange. Next, the bank provides the financial capital required to fund the transaction. And ensuring all aspects of the exchange are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So, who's responsible for making sure the value of the property is consistent with the amount being paid? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer could 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 Gregory James Company, Inc. will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
The inspection is where an appraisal begins
Our first duty at Gregory James Company, Inc. is to inspect the property to determine its true status. We must physically view aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc, to ensure they indeed exist and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property is accurate and describe the layout of the home, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
After the inspection, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
Here, we analyze information on local building costs, the cost of labor and other factors to ascertain how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This estimate usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers become very familiar with the communities in which they work. They innately understand the value of certain features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the subject in question. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as upgraded appliances, extra bathrooms, additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject property.
An opinion of what the subject might sell for can only be determined once all differences between the comps and the subject have been evaluated. At Gregory James Company, Inc., we are experts in knowing the value of real estate features in Cedartown and Polk County neighborhoods. This approach to value is most often given the most consideration when an appraisal is for a home purchase.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing a house is sometimes used when a neighborhood has a reasonable number of rental properties. In this situation, the amount of revenue the property yields is taken into consideration along with income produced by neighboring properties to determine the current value.
Combining information from all 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 necessarily what's being paid for the property even though it is likely the best indication of what a property is worth. Depending on the specific situations of the buyer or seller, their level of urgency or a buyer's desire for that exact property, the closing price of a home can always be driven up or down.Regardless, the appraised value is typically used 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 sell the property again. Here's what it all boils down to, an appraiser from Gregory James Company, Inc. will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.
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