KEY INSIGHT has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Define the term "Appraisal"
Define the term "Appraisal"(Go to list of questions) The method of producing an appraisal consists of an estimation which leads to an opinion of value. There are three "common approaches to value" which helps the appraiser come to this opinion or valuation. The Cost Approach is one of the processes that appraisers use to find value; it involves discerning what the improvements would cost less physical deterioration, plus the land value. The Sales Comparison Approach deals with searching for comparable homes nearby and finding value based on making a comparison of those prior sales to the property being investigated. The Sales Comparison Approach is commonly the most definitive and clearest indicator of value for a residence. One of the least common approaches in appraising houses 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.
Describe what an appraiser does(Go to list of questions) An appraiser forumlates a fair and credible determination of market value, in the support of real property transactions. Appraisers present their professional findings in appraisal reports.
Why would I need services from KEY INSIGHT?(Go to list of questions) There are many reasons to get an appraisal from KEY INSIGHT with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for purchasing an appraisal report include:
How is an appraiser different than a home inspector? (Go to list of questions)Appraisers do not do perform home inspections and are not home inspectors. The purpose of a home inspection is to evaluate the structure of the home from foundation to attic. For the most part, a home inspection report will evaluate the amenities and the necessities of the house: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical systems, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural integrity of the home such as the attic, exposed insulation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, then the foundation, basement and visible structures.
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal?(Go to list of questions) To be blunt, it's night and day. The CMA utilizes market trends to generate most of their business. Appraisals use similar sales which are verifiable resources. Area and architectural values are also a priority in an appraisal. 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.
Who's behind the report is frankly the most significant difference between a CMA and an appraisal. 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. The appraisal is produce by a licensed, certified professional who has made a career out of valuing properties. Further, the appraiser is an unbiased voice, with no conditional interest in the value conclusion, unlike the real estate agent, who gets a commission based upon the price of the home.
What does the appraisal report contain? (Go to list of questions)Every appraisal should demonstrate a credible value opinion and should clearly state the following:
Once the report has been delivered, how can I have certainty that the final number is valid?(Go to list of questions) In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who engages the services of appraisers?(Go to list of questions) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's typical customer, using their services to ensure a home involved in a mortgage transaction is enough to cover a loan balance in the case of default. Attorneys and CPAs also retain the services of appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does an appraiser get the information used to estimate values in Oneida County or other areas?(Go to list of questions) Compiling data is one of the primary roles of an appraiser. Data can be categorized as either Specific or General. Specific data is gathered from the property itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are documented by the appraiser while on site.
General data is received from a numerous sources. To look up recent sales to be used as "comps", we often go to the local Multiple Listing Service. To double-check actual sales prices, we look at tax records and other public documents that are usually online nowadays. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood system.
And last but not least, the appraiser assimilates general data from his or her past experience in doing assignments for other houses in the same market.
How can a licensed appraiser help me?(Go to list of questions) Any time the value of your home or other real property is being used to make a significant financial decision, an appraisal helps. For those selling a home, you'll want to determine 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 people settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from KEY INSIGHT is the best documentation to ensure assets are split up fairly. Simply put, a house is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value is essential to making the right financial decisions.
What exactly is PMI and how can I get rid of it?(Go to list of questions) PMI is the common abbreviation for for Private Mortgage Insurance. This added plan guards the lender in case a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the market price of the home is lower than the balance of the loan. You can have your PMI dropped once you've achieved 20% equity in your home through appreciation and principal payments.
Do you need anything from me in advance?(Go to list of questions) We start with an inspection of the home. 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 status of its features. On the home's interior, pick up any clutter and make sure we can find our way to things like furnaces and water heaters. On the outside, trim any bushes so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of exterior walls.
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"(Go to list of questions) In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Who has rights to the appraisal report?(Go to list of questions) For mortgage transactions, the lender orders 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 entitled to a copy of the appraisal - 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.
The exception to this rule is when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. In these scenarios, the appraiser may state how the appraisal can be used; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stated otherwise, the home owner can do whatever they want with the appraisal.
Which home renovations add the most to the price?(Go to list of questions) This really depends on where the home is. For example, if you live in a cold region, insulated windows can be a real plus. But they aren't as attractive in a warm-weather climate.
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 increase the value of your home (when done well) as long as your home doesn't then become overbuilt for your neighborhood in terms of size.