Brummond Appraisal, LLC has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
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What is an appraisal?
Describe what an appraiser does
What are the reasons I would need your services?
Is an appraisal the same as a home inspection?
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?
What can I expect to see in my appraisal report?
Upon completion of the report, how can I have certainty that the final number is valid?
How are appraisers certified?
Who do appraisers work for?
Where does Brummond Appraisal, LLC get the information used to estimate values in Woodbury County or other areas?
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?
How do I get ready for the appraiser?
Define "Market Value"
Who has rights to the appraisal report?
Which home renovations add the most to the price?
What is an appraisal? (List of questions)An appraiser provides an estimation that generates an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is discerned by using a formal method that typically uses three "common approaches to value". One of the methods in use is the Cost Approach, which is what it would cost to replace the improvements to the house, less the depreciation and physical dilapidation, plus the land value. Another of the approaches is the Sales Comparison Approach - which involves discovering a comparison to other similar properties within a close proximity which have recently sold. Usually, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most accurate indicator of market value of a home. The third approach is the Income Approach, which is the best method in appraising income producing properties - it involves estimating what an investor would pay based on the capital produced by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does (List of questions)An appraiser generates an objective and well substantiated opinion of market value, in the support of real estate exchanges. Appraisers document their expert investigation in appraisal reports.
What are the reasons I would need your services? (List of questions)There are a lot of reasons to get an appraisal with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for getting an appraisal report include:
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- If you are applying for a loan.
- If you would like to reduce your property tax burden.
- To help a homeowner realize if they owe less than 80% of their home's value and remove PMI.
- To challenge inflated property taxes.
- To handle an estate.
- To give you a negotiating tool when purchasing real estate.
- To find an honest sales price when listing your home.
- To ensure parties are provided just compensation in eminient domain cases.
- Government agencies such as the IRS need an appraisal on every house.
- It's possible you could be involved in a lawsuit - an appraisal will definitely help.
Appraisers do not do complete residential property inspections and are not home inspectors. A third-party home inspector will evaluate the structure of the home, from the top to the foundation. The stereotypical house inspector's report will contain an evaluation of the integrity 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.
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)? (List of questions)To be honest, they share nothing in common. The CMA depends on indistinct market trends. Appraisals use similar sales which are valid resources. Area and architectural values are also important in an appraisal. All a CMA does is generate a "ball park figure." Delivering a defensible and careful analysis, an appraisal will give a clear opinion of value.
Who's behind the report is hands down 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, write CMA's. A certified, Iowa licensed professional who bases their livelihood on valuing homes in and around Woodbury County is behind the appraisal. Moreover, the appraiser is an independent voice, with no conditional interest in the value of a home, unlike the agent, who gets a commission based upon the value of the home.
The main purpose of an appraisal report is to let the reader know the value of the real estate in question, and depending on the scope of the report, one will customarily see the following:
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- Who engaged the appraiser and whose purposes the appraisal is to serve.
- How the appraisal is supposed to be used.
- The appraisal's purpose.
- The type of value reported and a definition of the value reported.
- The effective date of the appraiser's opinions and conclusions.
- Relevant property characteristics, including: location, physical characteristics, legal attributes, economic attributes, the property rights valued, and non-real estate items included in the appraisal, such as personal property, permanent equipment installations and even intangible items.
- Any known easements, restrictions, encumbrances, leases, reservations, covenants, contracts, declarations, special assessments, ordinances, and the like.
- Division of interest, such as fractional interest, physical segment and partial holding.
- The scope of work considered to complete the job.
Upon completion of the report, how can I have certainty that the final number is valid? (List of questions)In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must see to it that each of the items below are covered:
To become a state licensed appraiser, we must fulfill considerable education and experience requirements that enable us to formulate an unbiased opinion. Plus, appraisers must stick to a strict industry code of ethics and comply with national standards of practice for real estate appraisal. The rules for working up an appraisal and communicating its results are guaranteed by enforcement of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
- That the information analysis utilized in the appraisal was proper.
- Whether individually or collectively, there were no critical errors contained in the appraisal, nor any relevant details left out.
- That appraisal services were not executed in a careless or negligent manner.
- That a believable, supportable appraisal report was conferred.
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Regulations regarding licensing and certification are different from state to state. In general, licensing and certification is commonly associated with many hours of coursework, tests and real world experience. Once licensed, he/she must then complete continuing education courses so that the license doesn't expire. To see the specific requirements for any state click here.
Who do appraisers work for? (List of questions)Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's typical client, requesting their services to ensure a home involved in a mortgage transaction is enough to cover a loan balance in the case of default. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does Brummond Appraisal, LLC get the information used to estimate values in Woodbury County or other areas? (List of questions)Gathering data is one of the primary functions of an appraiser. Data can be categorized 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 collected from a variety of places. To find out about recent sales to be used as "comps", we typically go to the local Multiple Listing Service. To verify actual sales prices, we look at tax records and other public documents. Flood zone data is available from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood servers.
And most importantly, the appraiser assembles general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other houses in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser? (List of questions)Any time the value of your home or other real property is being used to make a significant financial decision, an appraisal helps. When selling your house, an appraisal helps you set the most appropriate price. If you're buying, it makes sure you don't overpay. If you're engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. Simply put, a house is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Don't make decisions in the dark with a professional appraisal.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it? (List of questions)PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. This supplementary policy protects the lender in the event a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the home is less than what the borrower still owes on the loan. Once you reach the point where your home's equity plus the amount you've paid is at least 20% of your loan balance, you can have your PMI dropped.
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How do I get ready for the appraiser? (List of questions)The first step in most appraisals is the property inspection. 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 features. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house . Trim any landscaping and relocate any items that would get in our way while we measure the structure. Indoors, make sure the appraiser can easily access items like furnaces and water heaters.
You can make the inspection go faster and improve the accuracy of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
- Records on the latest purchase of the property in the last three years.
- List of personal property to be sold with the building.
- Any inspection reports, or other recent reports for termites, EIFS (synthetic stucco) wall systems, septic systems and wells.
- A copy of the current listing agreement and broker's data sheet and Purchase Agreement if a sale is "pending".
- Most recent real estate tax bill and or legal description of the property.
Define "Market Value" (List of questions)In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
"The most probable price (in terms of money) which a property should bring in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller each acting prudently and knowledgeably, and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby: the buyer and seller are typically motivated; both parties are well informed or well advised, and acting in what they consider their best interests; a reasonable time is allowed for exposure in the open market; payment is made in terms of cash in United States dollars or in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto; and the price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing or sales concessions granted by anyone associated with the sale."
Who has rights to the appraisal report? (List of questions)For mortgage transactions, the lender orders the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. While the buyer pays for the report as part of the closing costs, the lender retains the right to use the report or any information contained within. The buyer is entitled to a copy of the report - 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.
The exception to this rule is when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. 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 noted otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
Which home renovations add the most to the price? (List of questions)The added value of a particular amenity truly depends on the local market. 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. 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 were second, returning 85%. On the contrary, an improvement that may not increase your value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.
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