Their home's purchase can be the most important financial decision some people might ever consider. It doesn't matter if a primary residence, a second vacation home or a rental fixer upper, the purchase of real property is a complex financial transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
Most of the participants are very familiar. The real estate agent is the most familiar entity in the transaction. Then, the mortgage company provides the financial capital necessary to bankroll the exchange. And ensuring all areas of the sale are completed and that a clear title transfers from the seller to the purchaser is the title company.
So, who makes sure the value of the real estate is consistent with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion of what a buyer might expect to pay — or a seller receive — for a property, where both buyer and seller are informed parties. A licensed, certified, professional appraiser from South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
To ascertain an accurate status of the property, it's our responsibility to first perform a thorough inspection. We must see features first hand, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they indeed are present and are in the shape a typical person would expect them to be. The inspection often includes a sketch of the house, ensuring the square footage is correct and illustrating the layout of the property. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious features - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the property.
Once the site has been inspected, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of the property: a paired sales analysis, a replacement cost calculation, and an income approach when rental properties are prevalent.
This is where the appraiser analyzes information on local building costs, labor rates and other factors to ascertain how much it would cost to build a property nearly identical to the one being appraised. This value commonly sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used predictor of value.
Analyzing Comparable Sales
Appraisers become very familiar with the neighborhoods in which they work. They thoroughly understand the value of particular features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home at hand. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as upgraded appliances, extra bathrooms, additional living area, quality of construction, lot size, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject.
A valid estimate of what the subject might sell for can only be determined once all differences between the comps and the subject have been evaluated. When it comes to associating a value with features of homes in Marshfield and Plymouth, South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc can't be beat. The sales comparison approach to value is usually given the most importance when an appraisal is for a home sale.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing real estate is sometimes employed when an area has a reasonable number of rental properties. In this case, the amount of income the real estate yields is taken into consideration along with income produced by similar properties to derive the current value.
Putting It All Together
Combining information from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to document an estimated market value for the property in question. Note: While this amount is probably the most reliable indication of what a house is worth, it may 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 the final price up or down. But the appraised value is typically used as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. Here's what it all boils down to, an appraiser from South Shore Realty Advisors, Inc will guarantee you attain the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.