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Describe an appraisal
Describe what an appraiser does
What would cause me to request services from Snyder Consulting, Inc.?
Is an appraisal the same as a home inspection?
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal?
What's in an appraisal report?
After completing the appraisal, what assurance is there that the final number is trustworthy?
What does it mean for an appraiser to be licensed?
Who are an appraiser's customers?
Where does an appraiser get the information used to estimate values in Yavapai County or other areas?
How can a licensed appraiser help me?
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?
Should I do anything in advance of the appraisal inspection
How does an appraiser define "Market Value"?
Who has rights to the appraisal report?
Which home renovations add the most to the price?
Describe an appraisal (Go to list of questions)An appraisal report is an estimation allowing the appraiser to come to an opinion of value. The real estate appraiser will use a number of "approaches," typically three, to conclude the estimation of market value. One of the processes in use is the Cost Approach, which is what it would cost to replace the improvements to the house, less the age and physical deterioration, adding the land value. The most common approach in figuring the likely sales price of a home is the Sales Comparison Approach which concerns concluding a comparison to comparable houses nearby. The Sales Comparison Approach is normally the most accurate and clearest indicator of a liklely sales price for a residence. The Income Approach is primarily used for finding the market value of income-producing properties based on what an investor would pay based on the amount of income a property would bring in.
Describe what an appraiser does (Go to list of questions)An appraiser provides a professional, unbiased determination of market value, in the support of real estate transactions. Appraisers summarize their professional conclusions in appraisal reports.
What would cause me to request services from Snyder Consulting, Inc.? (Go to list of questions)There are a lot of reasons to purchase an appraisal from Snyder Consulting, Inc. with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for getting an appraisal report include:
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- To receive a loan.
- To lower your property taxes.
- To build a case for a homeowner's equity and remove insurance.
- To contest inflated property taxes.
- If you need to settle an estate.
- To give you a negotiating tool when purchasing a home.
- To determine a likely price when selling real estate.
- To ensure parties are provided just compensation in eminient domain cases.
- Government agencies such as the IRS need an appraisal on every home.
Appraisers do not do provide house inspections and are not home inspectors. A third-party home inspector will inspect the structure of the home, from the roof to the bottom. The archetypal property inspector's report will include an evaluation of the condition of the property's heating system, central air conditioning system (temperature permitting), interior plumbing and electrical systems, the roof, attic, and accessible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors, the foundation, basement, and visible structure.
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal? (Go to list of questions)Frankly, it's like comparing broadband and dial-up. The CMA uses market trends to generate most of their business. Appraisals use comparable sales which are verifiable resources. Area and construction values are also a priority in an appraisal. A CMA delivers a "ball park figure." An appraisal delivers a defensible and carefully documented opinion of value.
Who's behind the report is actually the biggest difference between a CMA and an appraisal. Real estate agents, who may not have a true grasp of valuation methods or the entire market, generate CMA's. A certified, Arizona licensed professional who made their livelihood on valuing homes in and around Yavapai County is behind the appraisal. Moreover, the appraiser is an unbiased voice, with no conditional interest in the value of a home, unlike the real estate agent, who gets a commission based upon the price of the home.
Each appraisal should reflect a supported estimate of value and should document the following:
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- Who engaged the appraiser and other intended users.
- The intended use of the appraisal.
- The purpose of the appraisal.
- The type of value contained and a definition of the value reported.
- The effective date of the value opinion.
- Relevant property characteristics, including: location, physical description, legal attributes, economic attributes, the property rights in question, and non-real estate items included in the appraisal, such as personal property, trade fixtures and even intangible factors.
- All known easements, restrictions, encumbrances, leases, reservations, covenants, contracts, declarations, special assessments, ordinances, and other items of a similar nature.
- Division of interest, such as fractional interest, physical segment and partial holding.
- The scope of work considered when completing the appraisal.
After completing the appraisal, what assurance is there that the final number is trustworthy? (Go to list of questions)In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
There are rigorous education and experience requirements that must be satisfied in order to get an appraisal license in Arizona. In addition, appraisers must follow a strict industry code of ethics and respect national standards of practice for real estate appraisal. The rules for working up an appraisal and documenting its results are insured by enforcement of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
- The appraisal contained a suitable analysis of the information.
- That critical errors of omission or commission were not committed individually or collectively.
- That appraisal services were provided in a careful and cognizant manner.
- That a solid, supportable appraisal report was conferred.
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Regulations regarding licensing and certification of Real Estate Appraisers vary from state to state. In general, licensing and certification is most often associated with many hours of classroom study, tests and experience working under a supervisor. Once an appraiser is licensed, he or she is required to engage in continuing education courses in order to keep the license up to date. To see the specific requirements for any state click here.
Who are an appraiser's customers? (Go to list of questions)Typically, appraisers are called upon by mortgage lenders to render a value opinion on property involved in a loan transaction. Appraisers also provide opinions for legal settlements, tax matters and investment decisions.
Where does an appraiser get the information used to estimate values in Yavapai County or other areas? (Go to list of questions)One of the primary activities of an appraiser is to collect data. Data can be divided into Specific or General. Specific data is gathered from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are gathered by the appraiser while on site.
General data is collected from a numerous sources. To look up recently sold homes to be used as "comps", an appraiser will often use the local Multiple Listing Service. To verify actual sales prices, we look at items in the assessor's office and other public documents that are usually online nowadays. Appraisers often have to report when a property lies in a flood zone, so that information is retrieved from a FEMA data outlet such as a la mode's InterFlood service.
And last but not least, the appraiser assembles general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other properties in the same market.
How can a licensed appraiser help me? (Go to list of questions)If you're involved in any kind of financial decision and the value of your home matters, you'll want an appraisal. For those selling a home, you'll want to figure out the price that gets you the most profit but also ensures you don't have to wait too long for a buyer to show up; an appraisal can help with that. When buying, you can avoid overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. For those settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Snyder Consulting, Inc. is the best way to ensure assets are divided evenly. Simply put, a home 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? (Go to list of questions)PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. It covers the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the value of the house is less than the balance of the loan. 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.
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Should I do anything in advance of the appraisal inspection (Go to list of questions)The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. During this process, we will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home's general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. Is there anything you can do to help? Yes there is! First, be sure we have easy access to the exterior of the house . Trim any shrubs and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. On the inside, make sure we can get to appliances like furnaces and water heaters.
To help expedite our work as well as ensure a more accurate report, attempt if possible to have the following items:
- Any information on the purchase of the property for the last three years.
- List of personal property to be sold with the home.
- Home inspection reports, or other recent reports for termites, EIFS (synthetic stucco) wall systems, your septic system and wells.
- Locate copies of the current listing agreement, broker's data sheet and, if the sale is "pending", the purchase agreement.
- A list of "proposed" improvements if the property is to be appraised "as complete".
How does an appraiser define "Market Value"? (Go to 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? (Go to list of questions)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 allowed 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 cases, the appraiser may state the purpose of the appraisal; 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? (Go to list of questions)The answer to this is different depending upon the location of the home. For example, putting in an inline humidifier could be nice in arid regions, but completely useless near the coast!
No matter where you go, however, renovating a kitchen is almost always a safe move. 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, yielding 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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