Sharon L White Appraisal Services, LLC has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
What is an appraisal?
What is an appraisal?(Top) An appraiser performs an evaluation that produces an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is found by a formal process that commonly utilizes the three main "common approaches to value". One of them is the Cost Approach - which is how much it would cost to replace the improvements, minus physical deterioration and other factors, then adding the land value. Another of the methods is the Sales Comparison Approach - which involves finding a comparable analysis to other similar properties within a close proximity which have recently sold. The Sales Comparison Approach is commonly the most accurate and best indicator of a liklely sales price for a residence. One of the least common approaches in appraising residential properties is the Income Approach, which is generally used to find the market value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the income produced by the building.
What does an appraiser do?(Top) An appraiser forumlates a professional, unbiased determination of market value, to be used in making real estate transactions. Appraisers present their investigation in appraisal reports.
Why would a person request services from Sharon L White Appraisal Services, LLC?(Top) There are a lot of reasons to get an appraisal from Sharon L White Appraisal Services, LLC with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for getting an appraisal report include:
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?(Top) Frankly, they have nothing in common. The CMA uses market trends to create most of their business. Appraisals use similar sales which are valid resources. Location and construction 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.
But the biggest difference is the person doing the report. Real estate agents write CMA's, and they don't always know the whole market or have specific competence when it comes to home valuation. A certified, Iowa licensed professional who made their livelihood on valuing properties in and around Pottawattamie County is behind the appraisal. Likewise, the agent has a vested interest in the property's selling price - their commission - whereas the appraiser is bound by a code of ethics to collect only a flat sum for work they perform, regardless of their value conclusion.
After completing the report, how can I have a guarantee that the value conclusion is legitimate?(Top) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who employs appraisers?(Top) Commonly, appraisers are called upon by mortgage lenders to render a value opinion on real estate involved in a loan transaction. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does Sharon L White Appraisal Services, LLC get the information used to estimate values in Pottawattamie County or other areas?(Top) Collecting information is one of the main things an appraiser performs. Data can be classified as either Specific or General. Specific data is from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are noted by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is collected from a number of places. To research recently sold homes to be used as "comps", an appraiser will often use the local Multiple Listing Service. Tax records and other public documents reveal actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is retrieved from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood product.
And most importantly, the appraiser assembles general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from doing assignments for other properties in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(Top) An appraisal is a valuable tool whenever the value of your home is relevant to a financial decision. 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. If you're buying, it makes sure you don't overpay. For parties settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Sharon L White Appraisal Services, LLC is the best way to ensure assets are divided evenly. A house is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Without knowing its real value, wise financial decisions are impossible.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?(Top) PMI is an acronym for Private Mortgage Insurance. This supplementary plan guards the lender in case a borrower defaults on the loan and the market price of the property is lower than the loan balance. 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.
How do I get ready for the appraiser?(Top) We begin with an inspection of the home. During this process, the appraiser 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. Inside, make sure it is clutter free and that we can get to things like furnaces and water heaters. On the outside, trim any landscaping so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of outside walls.
You can make things go faster and improve the accuracy of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
How does an appraiser define "Market Value"?(Top) In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Who has rights to the appraisal report?(Top) 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 report - it's usually included with all the other closing documents - but is not entitled to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
It's different when it's the homeowner hiring the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. 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 noted otherwise, the home owner can do whatever they want with the appraisal.
Are some home improvements more worthwhile than others?(Top) Like all things real estate, this is dependent on a home's location. 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
No matter where you go, however, renovating a kitchen is almost always a safe investment. 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 are right up there with kitchens, yielding 85%. On the contrary, something that may not add value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.