McBride Appraisals, LLC has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(See list of FAQ's) The method of writing an appraisal report consists of an evaluation which leads to an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is arrived at through a formal method that commonly utilizes three "common approaches to value". One of the three is the Cost Approach - which is what it would cost to replace the improvements, less physical deterioration and other factors, then adding the land value. Another of the processes is the Sales Comparison Approach - which concerns making a comparable analysis to other similar nearby properties which have recently sold. Being the most commonly used approach, the Sales Comparison Approach is generally the most precise and best indicator of market value for a residence. The third approach is the Income Approach, which is of most importance in appraising income producing properties - it deals with estimating what an investor would pay based on the money produced by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does(See list of FAQ's) An appraiser provides a fair and credible determination of market value, to be used in making real estate transactions. Appraisers summarize their professional analysis in appraisal reports.
Why would a person require your services?(See list of FAQ's) There are a lot of reasons to order an appraisal from McBride Appraisals, LLC with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Some other reasons for obtaining an appraisal include:
How is an appraisal different than a home inspection? (See list of FAQ's)The appraiser is not a home inspector and does not do a complete home inspection. A third-party home inspector will judge the structure of the house, from the top to the foundation. The archetypal home inspector's report will contain an evaluation of the condition of the home's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal?(See list of FAQ's) Frankly, it's like comparing Shakespeare to reality TV. The CMA uses market trends to generate most of their business. The appraisal is based on specific definite comparable sales. Area and building values are also precedent in an appraisal. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. Being a documented and carefully investigated opinion of value, appraisals are defensible and stand up in legal situations.
Who's behind the report is frankly the biggest difference between a CMA and an appraisal. Real estate agents produce CMA's, and they don't always know the whole market or have specific competence when it comes to home valuation. A certified, state licensed professional who bases their livelihood on valuing homes in and around Scotland County creates 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 flat fee for assignments, regardless of their value conclusion.
What does the appraisal report contain? (See list of FAQ's)The main point of an appraisal report is to provide a value opinion, and depending on the scope of the report, you'll usually see the following:
After completing the appraisal, what guarantee is there that the final number is valid?(See list of FAQ's) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must ensure the following:
Who are an appraiser's customers?(See list of FAQ's) Most of the time, appraisers are called upon by lenders to render a value opinion on a house involved in a loan transaction. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does McBride Appraisals, LLC get the data used to estimate values in Scotland County or other areas?(See list of FAQ's) Collecting information is one of the primary things an appraiser does. Data can be categorized as either Specific or General. Specific data is from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are documented by the appraiser while on site.
General data is collected from a variety of places. To find out about recently sold homes to be used as "comps", an appraiser will often use the local Multiple Listing Service. Tax records and other public documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Appraisers often need 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 assembles general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from doing assignments for other properties in the same market.
How can a licensed appraiser help me?(See list of FAQ's) An appraisal is a valuable tool whenever your home's value is relevant to some financial decision. When selling your house, an appraisal will help you determine a price that maximizes profit and reduces time on the market. When buying, you can avoid overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. If you're engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. Simply put, a home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Without knowing its real value, wise financial decisions are impossible.
My mortgage statement has an item on it for PMI? Can I get rid of that?(See list of FAQ's) PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI takes care of the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the value of the property is lower than what the borrower still owes on the loan. You can have your PMI dropped once you've achieved 20% equity in your home through appreciation and principal payments.
How do I get ready for the appraiser?(See list of FAQ's) We begin 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 amenities. Inside, pick up any clutter and make sure we can get to things like furnaces and water heaters. On the outside, trim any bushes 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 does "Market Value" mean?(See list of FAQ's) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Once complete, who actually owns the appraisal report?(See list of FAQ's) 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 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 stipulate how the appraisal can be used; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stated otherwise, the home owner can do whatever they want with the appraisal.
I want to get more for my house. Where should I spend money renovating?(See list of FAQ's) Like all things real estate, this is dependent on a home's location. For example, while quality appliances are attractive, a $7000 built-in refrigerator won't pay off in a neighborhood of moderately priced homes
No matter where you go, however, renovating a kitchen is almost always a safe move. 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, yielding 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also help the value of your home as long as your home doesn't then become atypical for your neighborhood in terms of size.