Neosho Valley Real Estate Inc. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Define the term "Appraisal"
Define the term "Appraisal"(Return to top) The method of performing an appraisal report consists of an inspection which forms an opinion of value. The real estate appraiser must use a few "approaches," typically three, to come to the estimation of market value. One of the methods in use is the Cost Approach, which finds what it would cost to restore the improvements to the home, minus age and physical dilapidation, plus the land value. The most common approach in finding the likely sales price of a home is the Sales Comparison Approach which deals with making a comparison to similar houses close by. Generally speaking, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most definite indicator of market value of a home. The Income Approach is primarily used for determining the market value of income-producing properties based on what an investor would pay based on the amount of income a property would bring in.
Describe what an appraiser does(Return to top) An appraiser produces an impartial and well supported determination of market value, in the support of real estate transactions. Appraisers illustate their investigation in appraisal reports.
What are the reasons I would require services from Neosho Valley Real Estate Inc.?(Return to top) There are many reasons to get an appraisal from Neosho Valley Real Estate Inc. with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for getting an appraisal report include:
How is an appraiser different than a home inspector? (Return to top)The appraiser is not a home inspector and he or she does not do a comprehensive home inspection. A third-party home inspector will investigate the structure of the home, from the roof to the bottom. Usually, a home inspection report will explain the amenities and the necessities of the home: 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.
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?(Return to top) Frankly, it's apples and oranges. The CMA depends on indefinite trends in the market. An appraisal is based on comparable sales that can be validated by records. Area and building values are also important in an appraisal. A CMA delivers 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 complete understanding of valuation methods or the entire market, create CMA's. The appraisal is produce by a licensed, certified professional who has made a career out of valuing properties. Likewise, the agent has something at stake since they get a commission based on the property's selling price whereas the appraiser is bound by a code of ethics to accept a previously agreed upon sum for assignments, regardless of their outcome.
What's in an appraisal report? (Return to top)Every appraisal should demonstrate a supported value opinion and should document the following:
Once the report has been completed, how can I have a guarantee that the value indicated is legitimate?(Return to top) In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must see to it that each of the items below are covered:
Who engages the services of appraisers?(Return to top) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's most likely customer, using their services to ensure property involved in a mortgage transaction is enough to cover a loan balance in the case of default. Attorneys and CPAs also hire appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does Neosho Valley Real Estate Inc. get the data used to estimate values in Coffey County or other areas?(Return to top) Collecting data is one of the primary occupations of an appraiser. Data can be classified as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are noted by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is gathered from a variety of places. To find out about recently sold homes to be used as "comps", an appraiser will typically go to the local Multiple Listing Service. Tax records and other courthouse documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Appraisers routinely have to report when a property lies in a flood zone, so that information is retrieved from a FEMA data outlet 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 properties in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(Return to top) An appraisal is a worthwhile anytime your home's value is relevant to some financial decision. If you're selling your home, an appraisal assists you in setting the most appropriate price. When buying, you can avoid overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. For parties settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Neosho Valley Real Estate Inc. is the best way to ensure assets are divided evenly. 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 stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. It covers the lender in the event a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the home is less than the loan balance. You can have your PMI dropped once you've achieved 20% equity in your home through appreciation and principal payments.
Should I do anything in advance of the appraisal inspection(Return to top) We start with an inspection of the home. During this process, we 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. 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 bushes and move any items that would get in our way while we measure the structure. On the inside, make sure we can get to appliances like furnaces and water heaters.
You can make the inspection go faster and improve the quality of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
Define "Market Value"(Return to top) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Who has rights to the appraisal report?(Return to top) For mortgage transactions, the lender orders the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. Even though it's the buyer that eventually pays for the report, the lender is the intended user. The buyer is certainly entitled to a copy of the appraisal - it's usually bundled 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 scenarios, the appraiser may define how the appraisal can be used; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stipulated otherwise, the home owner can do whatever they want with the appraisal.
Which home renovations add the most to the price?(Return to top) The added value of a particular amenity truly depends on the local market. 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
No matter where you go, however, renovating a kitchen is almost always a safe move. 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 are right up there with kitchens, returning 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also increase the value of your home as long as your home doesn't then become atypical for your neighborhood in terms of size.