Breaking Down the the Appraisal Process
One's home purchase
the most significant
It doesn't matter if it's
a primary residence,
a second vacation property or
a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is
a complex financial transaction that requires multiple parties to make it all happen.
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Most of the people participating are quite familiar.
The most familiar face in the exchange is the real estate agent.
Next, the bank provides the money needed to bankroll the deal.
Ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that the title is clear to pass from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So what party makes sure the property is consistent with the amount being paid?
In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased estimate of what a buyer might expect to pay - or a seller receive - for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A professional California licensed appraiser from Berge Company Appraisers will ensure you as an interested party are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
Our first duty at Berge Company Appraisers is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status.
We must actually see aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, amenities, etc., to ensure they really are there and are in the condition a reasonable buyer would expect them to be.
To ensure the stated square footage is accurate and illustrate the layout of the home, the inspection often includes creating a sketch of the floor plan.
Most importantly, the appraiser looks for any obvious amenities - or defects - that would affect the value of the property.
Once the site has been inspected, an appraiser employs two or three approaches when determining the value of the property:
sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
This is where we analyze information on local construction costs, labor rates and other factors to figure out how much it would cost to construct a property comparable to the one being appraised. This estimate usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Appraisers get to know the communities in which they appraise.
We thoroughly understand the value of particular 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 being appraised. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as
remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or additional storage space, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately portray the features of subject property.
At Berge Company Appraisers, we are an authority when it comes to knowing the value of particular items in Alhambra and Los Angeles County neighborhoods.
The sales comparison approach to value is commonly given the most consideration when an appraisal is for a home sale.
Say, for example, the comparable has a storm shelter and the subject does not, the appraiser may deduct the value of a storm shelter from the sales price of the comparable.
However, if the subject property has an extra half-bathroom and the comparable does not, the appraiser might add an amount to the comparable property.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
In the case of income producing properties - rental houses for example - the appraiser may use a third way of valuing a property.
In this scenario, the amount of income the real estate generates is factored in with income produced by similar properties to derive the current value.
Coming Up With the Final Value
Examining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to state an estimated market value for the property in question.
The estimate of value at the bottom of 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 could sell for in an open market.
Depending on the individual 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 employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could get back in case they had to put the property on the market again.
At the end of the day: An appraiser from Berge Company Appraisers will guarantee you discover the most accurate property value, so you can make wise real estate decisions.
For real property valuation in Southern California, please call or email Berge Company Appraisers. At Berge Company Appraisers, we specialize, but are not limited to retrospective valuation (dates in the past) of single family residential, land, multi family residential and small income properties in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. We also cover portions of San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside and Ventura counties. Please call, email us, or see our home page for the assignment & property types that we cover. Thank you for your interest!
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