Purchasing real estate can be the largest transaction most could ever make. Whether it's where you raise your family, a seasonal vacation property or one of many rentals, purchasing real property is a complex financial transaction that requires multiple people working in concert to make it all happen.
Most people are familiar with the parties taking part in the transaction. The most known entity in the transaction is the real estate agent. Then, the lender provides the financial capital necessary to fund the transaction. And ensuring all areas of the transaction are completed and that the title is clear to transfer from the seller to the buyer is the title company.
So, what party makes sure the real estate is worth the amount being paid? This is where the appraiser comes in. We provide an unbiased estimate 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 Fmc Appraisals, 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 duty to first perform a thorough inspection. We must see aspects of the property hands on, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, living areas, etc, to ensure they truly are present and are in the condition a typical buyer 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, we identify any obvious features - or defects - that would affect the value of the house.
Following the inspection, we use two or three approaches to determining the value of the property: paired sales analysis and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
This is where we use information on local construction costs, the cost of labor and other factors to ascertain how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This value commonly sets the upper limit on what a property would sell for. The cost approach is also the least used method.
Appraisers can tell you a lot about the communities in which they appraise. They innately understand the value of particular features to the residents of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent transactions in the vicinity and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the home in question. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as remodeled rooms, types of flooring, energy efficient items, patios and porches, or extra storage space, we add or subtract from each comparable's sales price so that they more accurately portray the features of subject property.
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 Fmc Appraisals, Inc., we are experts in knowing the worth of particular items in Miami and Miami Dade County neighborhoods. This approach to value is typically awarded the most importance when an appraisal is for a home purchase.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing real estate is sometimes employed when a neighborhood has a measurable number of rental properties. In this scenario, the amount of income the real estate produces is factored in with income produced by neighboring properties to derive the current value.
The Bottom Line
Examining the data from all applicable approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the subject property. The estimate of value on the appraisal report is not necessarily the final sales price even though it is likely the best indication of what a property is worth. Prices can always be driven up or down by extenuating circumstances like the motivation or urgency of a seller or 'bidding wars'. But the appraised value is typically used as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than they could recover in the event they had to put the property on the market again. Here's what it all boils down to, an appraiser from Fmc Appraisals, Inc. will help you attain the most fair and balanced property value, so you can make the most informed real estate decisions.