Paradise Appraisals & Inspections Inc. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Define the term "Appraisal"
Define the term "Appraisal"(See list of FAQ's) The method of producing 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. The Cost Approach is one of the processes that real estate appraisers use to find the value of a home; it involves finding what the improvements would cost less physical depreciation, adding the land value. The Sales Comparison Approach involves searching for comparable homes in close proximity and finding value based on comparing those homes to the home in question. The Sales Comparison Approach is commonly the most definitive and best indicator of a liklely sales price for a home. The third approach is the Income Approach, which is of most importance in appraising income producing properties - it involves estimating what an investor would pay based on the capital generated by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does(See list of FAQ's) An appraiser forumlates a professional, unbiased determination of market value, often in the context of a real estate exchange. Appraisers exhibit their investigation in appraisal reports.
Why would someone need services from Paradise Appraisals & Inspections Inc.?(See list of FAQ's) There are a lot of reasons to purchase an appraisal with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for purchasing an appraisal report include:
How is an appraiser different than a home inspector? (See list of FAQ's)Home inspectors do not figure out an opinion of value and are not appraisers. An inspection is a third-party investigation of the available structure and appliances of a house, from the top to the bottom. Generally, a home inspection report will discuss the amenities and the requirements of the home: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical functions, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural capacity of the home such as the attic, visible insulation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, then the foundation, basement and other visible structures.
What is the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis (CMA)?(See list of FAQ's) To be blunt, it's like comparing Shakespeare to reality TV. What the CMA depends on are ill-defined trends. The appraisal is based on similar verifiable comparable sales. Location and building costs are also precedent in an appraisal. 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 produce CMA's, and they don't always know the whole market or have specific competence when it comes to home valuation. The appraisal is produce by a licensed, certified professional who has made a career out of valuing properties. Moreover, the appraiser is an independent party, with no conditional interest in the property's value, unlike the real estate agent, whose income is tied to the value of the home.
What are the contents of an appraisal report? (See list of FAQ's)Each appraisal should indicate a supported estimate of value and should identify the following:
Upon completion of the appraisal, how can I have a guarantee that the value conclusion is accurate?(See list of FAQ's) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who engages the services of appraisers?(See list of FAQ's) Commonly, appraisers are hired by mortgage lenders to render a value opinion on a house involved in a loan transaction. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does Paradise Appraisals & Inspections Inc. get the information used to estimate values in Collier County or other areas?(See list of FAQ's) Collecting information is one of the primary tasks an appraiser does. Data can be categorized as either Specific or General. Specific data is gathered from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is gathered from a number of places. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) provide data on recently sold homes that could be used as comparables. Tax records and other public documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is retrieved from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood system.
And last but not least, the appraiser gathers general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from creating appraisals for other properties in the same market.
What can a full appraisal do for me?(See list of FAQ's) If you're making any kind of financial decision and the value of your home is relevant, you'll want an appraisal. For those selling a home, you'll want to determine a price that gets you the most profit but doesn't leave your home on the market too long; an appraisal can help with that. 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. 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 an acronym for Private Mortgage Insurance. This additional policy protects the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than the loan balance. You can have your PMI dropped once you've achieved 20% equity in your home through appreciation and principal payments.
Does the appraiser need anything from me in advance?(See list of FAQ's) 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 condition of its features. Is there anything you can do to help? Yes there is! First, be sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house (gates aren't locked, etc). Trim any shrubs and relocate any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. Indoors, make sure we can get to appliances 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:
Define "Market Value"(See list of FAQ's) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Who actually owns the appraisal report?(See list of FAQ's) In most real estate transactions, the appraisal is ordered by the lender. 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 certainly 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.
This rule doesn't apply when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. 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 stipulated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
Which home renovations add the most to the price?(See list of FAQ's) The added value of a particular amenity truly depends on the local market. For example, if you're in a neigborhood of small to medium priced homes, a media room may not be something people in that price range want
As a rule, the most value returned 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 weren't far behind, returning 85%. On the contrary, something that may not increase your value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.