Acquiring a house is the most significant investment many of us may ever encounter. It doesn't matter if where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or a rental fixer upper, purchasing real property is an involved financial transaction that requires multiple parties to pull it all off.
Most of the parties involved are very familiar. The most familiar person in the transaction is the real estate agent. Next, the mortgage company provides the financial capital needed to fund the exchange. And the title company sees to it that all areas of the transaction are completed and that a clear title passes from the seller to the purchaser.
So, what party makes sure the value of the real estate is in line with the amount being paid? This is where you meet the appraiser. 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 Fariss Appraisal Services will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Appraisals start with the property inspection
To ascertain an accurate status of the property, it's our duty to first complete a thorough inspection. We must see aspects of the property hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly exist and are in the condition a reasonable person would expect them to be. To ensure the stated square footage has not been misrepresented and convey the layout of the house, the inspection often entails creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, we look for any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
After the inspection, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: a paired sales analysis, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
This is where we use information on local building costs, labor rates and other elements to figure out how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This value usually sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used predictor of value.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers are intimately familiar with the communities in which they work. They thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the homeowners of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the real estate at hand. Using knowledge of the value of certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or extra storage space, we adjust the comparable properties so that they are more accurately in line with the features of subject.
Once all necessary adjustments have been made, the appraiser reconciles the adjusted sales prices of all the comps and then derives an opinion of what the subject could sell for. At Fariss Appraisal Services, we are experts when it comes to knowing the value of real estate features in Bakersfield and Kern County neighborhoods. This approach to value is usually given the most importance when an appraisal is for a real estate sale.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing real estate is sometimes employed when an area has a measurable number of rental properties. In this situation, the amount of income the real estate yields is factored in with income produced by neighboring properties to determine the current value.
Analyzing the data from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property in question. Note: While the appraised value is probably the most reliable indication of what a property is worth, it probably will not be the price at which the property closes. There are always mitigating factors such as seller motivation, urgency or 'bidding wars' that may adjust an offer or listing price up or down. Regardless, the appraised value is often employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. It all comes down to this, an appraiser from Fariss Appraisal Services will help you discover the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.