Getting a house is the largest investment many people will ever make. It doesn't matter if a main residence, an additional vacation property or an investment, purchasing real property is a complex transaction that requires multiple parties to see it through.
You're likely to be familiar with the parties having a role in the transaction. The most known entity in the transaction is the real estate agent. Next, the mortgage company provides the money required to fund the transaction. The title company sees to it that all details of the transaction are completed and that a clear title passes to the buyer from the seller.
So, who makes sure the value of the real estate is in line with the amount being paid? In comes the appraiser. We provide an unbiased opinion 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 Gillispie Appraisal Services will ensure, you as an interested party, are informed.
Inspecting the subject property
Our first task at Gillispie Appraisal Services is to inspect the property to ascertain its true status. We must physically view aspects of the property, such as the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the location, and so on, to ensure they truly exist and are in the shape a reasonable buyer would expect them to be. To make sure the stated size of the property has not been misrepresented and convey the layout of the property, the inspection often requires creating a sketch of the floorplan. Most importantly, the appraiser identifies any obvious amenities - or defects - that would have an impact on the value of the house.
Next, after the inspection, an appraiser uses two or three approaches to determining the value of real property: sales comparison and, in the case of a rental property, an income approach.
This is where the appraiser uses information on local building costs, labor rates and other factors to figure out how much it would cost to replace the property being appraised. This value often sets the maximum on what a property would sell for. It's also the least used method.
Paired Sales Analysis
Appraisers can tell you a lot about the subdivisions in which they work. They innately understand the value of particular features to the people of that area. Then, the appraiser looks up recent sales in close proximity to the subject and finds properties which are 'comparable' to the property in question. By assigning a dollar value to certain items such as fireplaces, room layout, appliance upgrades, extra bathrooms or bedrooms, or quality of construction, we adjust the comparable properties so that they more accurately match the features of subject.
A valid estimate of what the subject might sell for can only be determined once all differences between the comps and the subject have been evaluated. At Gillispie Appraisal Services, we are an authority when it comes to knowing the value of particular items in Pueblo and Pueblo County neighborhoods. The sales comparison approach to value is typically awarded the most consideration when an appraisal is for a real estate exchange.
Valuation Using the Income Approach
A third way of valuing a house is sometimes applied when a neighborhood has a reasonable number of renter occupied properties. In this scenario, the amount of revenue the real estate yields is taken into consideration along with income produced by nearby properties to determine the current value.
Putting It All Together
Combining information from all approaches, the appraiser is then ready to put down an estimated market value for the property in question. 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. Depending on the individual circumstances of the buyer or seller, their level of urgency or a buyer's desire for that exact property, the closing price of a home can always be driven up or down.Regardless, the appraised value is typically employed as a guideline for lenders who don't want to loan a buyer more money than the property is actually worth. At the end of the day, an appraiser from Gillispie Appraisal Services will help you discover the most accurate property value, so you can make profitable real estate decisions.