SNS Appraisals has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Define the term "Appraisal"
Define the term "Appraisal"(Top)The procedure of performing an appraisal report consists of an estimation which leads to an opinion of value. There are three "common approaches to value" which helps the real estate appraiser arrive at this opinion or estimate. One of the methods in use is the Cost Approach, which finds what it would cost to restore the improvements to the home, less the age and physical dilapidation, adding the land value. The Sales Comparison Approach deals with searching for similar houses in the vicinity and finding value based on making a comparison of those properties to the house being investigated. Generally speaking, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most definite indicator of market value of a house. One of the least common approaches in appraising residential properties is the Income Approach, which is commonly used to determine the market value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the income produced by the building.
Describe what an appraiser does(Top)An appraiser provides a fair and credible opinion of market value, in the support of real property exchanges. Appraisers present their expert findings in appraisal reports.
What are the reasons a person would require services from SNS Appraisals?(Top)There are a lot of reasons to get an appraisal with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for purchasing an appraisal include:
How is an appraiser different than a home inspector? (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 evaluate the structure of the property, from the top to the bottom. The stereotypical house inspector's report will include an evaluation of the condition of the house'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.
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?(Top)Frankly, it's like comparing opera to country. What the CMA depends on are ill-defined trends. An appraisal relies on comparable sales that can be verified by public record. The appraisal report will also contain area and construction values. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. Delivering a defensible and careful analysis, an appraisal will give a clear opinion of value.
The person creating the report is frankly the most significant difference between a CMA and an appraisal. 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 - 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? (Top)Every report must reflect a credible estimate of value and should document the following:
After completing the appraisal, what assurance is there that the value conclusion is veritable?(Top)In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who are an appraiser's customers?(Top)Commonly, appraisers are called upon by lenders to render a value opinion on a house involved in a loan transaction. Appraisers also provide opinions in litigation cases, tax matters and investment decisions.
Where does SNS Appraisals get the information used to estimate values in Sonoma County or other areas?(Top)One of the most important things an appraiser does is to compile property data. Data can be classified as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is collected from a variety of sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) have data on recently sold homes that could 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 system.
And last but not least, the appraiser assimilates general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from creating appraisals for other houses in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(Top)If you're involved in some sort of financial decision and the value of your home matters, you'll want to hire a licensed appraiser. If you're selling your house, an appraisal helps you set a price that maximizes profit and reduces time on the market. If you're buying, it makes sure you don't overpay. For those settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from SNS Appraisals is the best documentation to ensure assets are split up properly. Simply put, a home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value is essential to making the right financial decisions.
My mortgage statement has an item on it for PMI? Can I get rid of that?(Top)PMI is the common abbreviation for for Private Mortgage Insurance. It covers the lender in case a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the property is less than the loan balance. 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 me in advance?(Top)We begin with an inspection of the property. 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 status of its amenities. 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 bushes so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of outside walls.
You can make the inspection go faster and improve the accuracy of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
How does an appraiser define "Market Value"?(Top)In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Does the appraisal belong to the bank or the consumer?(Top)In most real estate transactions, the appraisal is ordered by the lender. Even though it's the buyer that eventually pays for the report, the lender is the intended user. The buyer is 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 engaging the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. In these situations, the appraiser may state how the appraisal can be used; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not noted otherwise, the home owner can do whatever they want with the appraisal.
How can I get the most ROI out of home improvements?(Top)The answer to this is different depending upon the location of the home. For example, adding a central air conditioner in to a home in the South may add significant value, while putting one in a home near the Pacific Northwest might not have much impact.
As a rule, the best ROI 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, an improvement that may not increase your value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.