Paradise Appraisals, Inc. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(Return to top) An appraiser performs an evaluation that leads to an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is found using a formal method that commonly utilizes three "common approaches to value". One of them is the Cost Approach - which is how much capital would be required to replace the improvements, less physical deterioration and other factors, plus the land value. Easily the most common approach in figuring the value of a house is the Sales Comparison Approach which concerns figuring a comparison to similar homes nearby. Being the most popular approach, the Sales Comparison Approach is generally the most precise and best indicator of market value for a house. One of the least common approaches in appraising residential properties is the Income Approach, which is commonly used to determine 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 provides a professional, unbiased determination of market value, often in the context of a real estate exchange. Appraisers present their expert findings in appraisal reports.
Why would someone require services from Paradise Appraisals, Inc. ?(Return to top) There are a lot of reasons to get an appraisal with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for ordering an appraisal include:
How is an appraisal different than a home inspection? (Return to top)Appraisers do not do provide residential property inspections and are not home inspectors. A third-party home inspector will inspect the structure of the home, from the top to the foundation. Commonly, a home inspection report will evaluate the amenities and the requirements of the property: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical systems, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural integrity 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)?(Return to top) Honestly, they share nothing in common. The CMA depends on indistinct trends in the market. An appraisal utilizes comparable sales that can be proven by public record. In addition, the appraisal looks at other factors like condition, location and replacement prices. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. An appraisal delivers a defensible and carefully documented opinion of value.
But the largest differentiator is who's creating the report. A CMA is created by a real estate agent who may or may not be trained in technical valuation concepts or even have a handle on market trends. A certified, Alabama licensed professional who has formed a career on valuing properties in and around Morgan County is behind the appraisal. Likewise, the agent has a vested interest in the property's selling price - their commission - whereas the appraiser is bound by a code of ethics to collect only a previously agreed upon sum for assignments, regardless of their outcome.
What can I expect to see in my appraisal report? (Return to top)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, one will customarily see the following:
Upon completion of the appraisal, what guarantee is there that the final number is legitimate?(Return to top) In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must ensure the following:
Who are an appraiser's customers?(Return to top) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's most likely client, needing their services to ensure a home involved in a mortgage transaction is enough to cover a loan balance in the case of default. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does an appraiser get the data used to estimate values in Morgan County or other areas?(Return to top) Compiling data is one of the primary tasks an appraiser performs. Data can be classified as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are gathered by the appraiser while on site.
General data is collected from a many sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) have information on recently sold homes that might be used as comparables. Tax records and other public documents reveal actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood product.
And most importantly, the appraiser gathers general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from creating appraisals for other properties in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(Return to top) An appraisal is a valuable tool whenever your home's value is pertinent to a financial decision. If you're selling your house, an appraisal helps you set the most appropriate price. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. For parties settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Paradise Appraisals, Inc. is the best documentation to ensure assets are split up properly. A house is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value means you can make smart financial decisions.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?(Return to top) PMI is an acronym for Private Mortgage Insurance. It guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the home is lower than the balance of the loan. 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.
Do you need anything from the homeowner in advance?(Return to top) The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. During this process, the appraiser will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home's general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. On the home's interior, make sure it is clutter free and that we can get to things like furnaces and water heaters. In the yard, trim any landscaping so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of exterior walls.
You can make our visit go faster and improve the accuracy of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
What is "Market Value?"(Return to top) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Who actually owns the appraisal report?(Return to top) For mortgage transactions, the lender requests 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 appraisal - it's usually bundled with all the other closing documents - but is not allowed to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
It's different when it's the homeowner engaging the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. In these situations, the appraiser may define 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.
How can I get the most ROI out of home improvements?(Return to top) The added value of a particular amenity truly depends on the local market. For example, while quality appliances are attractive, a $7000 built-in refrigerator won't pay off in a neighborhood of moderately priced homes
As a rule, the most value returned from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. One recent study revealed that putting $20,000 into a kitchen remodel would add about $17,500 to the value of the home - or about an 88% return on investment. Bathrooms were second, returning 85%. On the contrary, something that may not add value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.