Accredited Appraisers, Inc. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(Return to top) An appraisal report is an evaluation that concludes with an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is arrived at through the use of a formal process that usually uses the three main "common approaches to value". The Cost Approach is one of the processes that real estate appraisers use to find the value of a house; it involves figuring what the improvements would cost without physical depreciation, plus the land value. Another of the methods is the Sales Comparison Approach - which involves making a comparable analysis to other similar properties within a close vicinity which have recently sold. Generally speaking, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most accurate indicator of market value of a residential property. One of the least common approaches in appraising houses is the Income Approach, which is commonly used to figure the value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the income produced by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does(Return to top) An appraiser offers a professional, unbiased assessment of market value, often in the context of a real estate purchase. Appraisers illustate their professional findings in appraisal reports.
What would cause me to request your services?(Return to top) There are a lot of reasons to obtain an appraisal from Accredited Appraisers, Inc. with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for obtaining an appraisal include:
What is the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis (CMA)?(Return to top) Honestly, they share nothing in common. What the CMA depends on are superficial trends. The appraisal relies on similar proven comparable sales. Area and construction prices are also precedent in an appraisal. All a CMA does is generate a "ball park figure." An appraisal delivers a defensible and carefully documented opinion of value.
But the most significant factor is the person doing the report. Real estate agents, who may not have a true grasp of valuation methods or the entire market, generate CMA's. A certified, Florida licensed professional who bases a career on valuing homes in and around Miami-Dade County creates the appraisal. Further, the appraiser is an unbiased voice, with no conditional interest in the value of a home, unlike the agent, who gets a commission based upon the value of the home.
What are the contents of an appraisal report? (Return to top)The main objective of an appraisal report is to provide a value opinion, and depending on the scope of the report, one will customarily see the following:
Upon completion of the report, what assurance is there that the final number is trustworthy?(Return to top) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who engages the services of appraisers?(Return to top) Commonly, appraisers are called upon by mortgage lenders to render a value opinion on real estate involved in a loan transaction - to make sure the subject is indeed adequate collateral for the loan. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does Accredited Appraisers, Inc. get the information used to estimate values in Miami-Dade County or other areas?(Return to top) One of the main tasks an appraiser engages in is to compile data. Data can be described as either Specific or General. Specific data is gathered from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are noted by the appraiser while on site.
General data is collected from a numerous places. To look up recent sales to be used as "comps", we typically go to the local Multiple Listing Service. To double-check actual sales prices, we look at items in the assessor's office and other public documents that are usually online nowadays. Flood zone data is retrieved from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood service.
And most importantly, the appraiser assimilates general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other houses in the same market.
How can a licensed appraiser help me?(Return to top) An appraisal is a worthwhile anytime the value of your home is relevant to a financial decision. When selling your house, an appraisal will help you determine the most appropriate price. If you're buying, it makes sure you don't overpay. For people settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Accredited Appraisers, Inc. is the best documentation to ensure assets are split up fairly. Simply put, a house 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?(Return to top) PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. It guards the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than what is owed on 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.
How do I get ready for the appraiser?(Return to top) We start with an inspection of the home. 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 condition of its features. Is there anything you can do to help? Yes there is! First, be sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house (gates aren't locked, etc). Trim any shrubs and move any items that would get in our way while we measure the structure. Indoors, make sure we can get to items like furnaces and water heaters.
To help expedite our work plus ensure a more accurate report, attempt if possible to have the following items:
What does "Market Value" mean?(Return to top) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Once complete, who actually owns the appraisal report?(Return to top) For mortgage transactions, the lender orders 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 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.
It's different when it's the homeowner hiring the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. 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?(Return to top) This really depends on where the home is. For example, putting in an inline humidifier could be nice in arid regions, but completely useless near the coast!
As a rule, the most value returned 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, 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 overbuilt for your neighborhood in terms of size.