Corrie Appraisal & Consulting, Inc. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(See list of FAQ's) The procedure of creating an appraisal deals with an investigation which leads to an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is found through the use of a formal process that typically utilizes the three main "common approaches to value". The Cost Approach is one of the processes that appraisers use to find value; it involves concluding what the improvements would cost minus physical degradation, plus the land value. The Sales Comparison Approach involves finding similar homes nearby and figuring out the value based on making a comparison of those properties to the house in question. Usually, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most accurate indicator of market value of a home. One of the least common approaches in appraising homes is the Income Approach, which is generally used to determine the value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the capital produced by the property.
What does an appraiser do?(See list of FAQ's) An appraiser forumlates a fair and credible assessment of market value, often in the context of a real estate exchange. Appraisers demonstrate their investigation in appraisal reports.
What are the reasons I would require a real estate appraisal?(See list of FAQ's) There are many reasons to order an appraisal from Corrie Appraisal & Consulting, Inc. with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for ordering an appraisal report include:
How is an appraiser different than a home inspector? (See list of FAQ's)Appraisers do not do perform house inspections and are not home inspectors. The purpose of a home inspection is to investigate the structure of the property from basement to rooftop. The general property inspector's report will contain an evaluation of the condition of the house's heating systems, 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.
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?(See list of FAQ's) To be honest, they share nothing in common. The CMA relies on vague local market trends. Appraisals use similar sales which are verifiable resources. The appraisal report will also contain area and construction values. The CMA will provide a non-specific figure. Being a documented and carefully investigated opinion of value, appraisals are defensible and stand up in legal situations.
But the largest differentiator is who's doing the report. Real estate agents write CMA's, and they don't always know the whole market or bear specific competence when it comes to home valuation. A certified, Illinois licensed professional who made a career on valuing real estate in and around Coles County is behind the appraisal. Further, the appraiser is an independent party, with no vested interest in the property's value, unlike the agent, who gets a commission based upon the value of the home.
What are the contents of an appraisal report? (See list of FAQ's)The main objective of an appraisal document is to provide a value opinion, and depending on the scope of the report, you'll usually see the following:
Upon completion of the report, how can I have certainty that the value indicated is trustworthy?(See list of FAQ's) In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must see to it that each of the items below are covered:
Who do appraisers work for?(See list of FAQ's) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's most likely client, needing their services to ensure real estate involved in a mortgage transaction is adequate collateral for a loan. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does an appraiser get the data used to estimate values in Coles County or other areas?(See list of FAQ's) Collecting data is one of the primary functions of an appraiser. Data can be described as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is collected from a numerous places. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) provide data on recently sold homes that could be used as comparables. To double-check actual sales prices, we research items in the assessor's office and other public documents. Flood zone data is available from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood servers.
And most importantly, the appraiser assembles general data from his or her past experience in doing assignments for other properties in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(See list of FAQ's) Any time the value of your home or other real property is being used to make a significant financial decision, an appraisal helps. If you're selling your home, an appraisal helps you set the most appropriate price. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. 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 stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. This additional plan covers the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the property is lower 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.
How do I get ready for the appraiser?(See list of FAQ's) 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. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house (gates aren't locked, etc). Trim any bushes and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. On the inside, make sure we can easily access appliances like furnaces and water heaters.
To help expedite our work as well as ensure a more accurate report, try if possible to have the following items:
What does "Market Value" mean?(See list of FAQ's) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Once complete, who actually owns the appraisal report?(See list of FAQ's) For mortgage transactions, the lender requests the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. Even though it's the buyer that eventually pays for the report, the lender is the intended user. The buyer is certainly entitled to a copy of the report - it's usually bundled with all the other closing documents - but is not allowed to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
This rule doesn't apply when a home owner hires an appraiser directly. In these scenarios, the appraiser may define the purpose of the appraisal; 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.
I want to get more for my house. Where should I spend money renovating?(See list of FAQ's) A home's location - what city it is in and even what part of that city - is key to this popular question. For example, while quality appliances are attractive, a $7000 built-in refrigerator won't pay off in a neighborhood of moderately priced homes
As a rule, the best ROI 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 are right up there with kitchens, yielding 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also help the value of your home as long as your home doesn't then become an oddball for your neighborhood in terms of size.