Tide Appraisals has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
Describe an appraisal
Describe an appraisal(Top) The process of creating an appraisal deals with an inspection which forms an opinion of value. There are three "common approaches to value" which helps the appraiser arrive at this opinion or valuation. One of them is the Cost Approach - which is what it would cost to replace the improvements, less physical deterioration and other factors, plus the land value. Another of the processes is the Sales Comparison Approach - which involves making a comparison to other similar properties within a close vicinity which have recently sold. Usually, the Sales Comparison Approach is the most accurate indicator of market value of a residential property. One of the least common approaches in appraising residential properties 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 income produced by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does(Top) An appraiser offers a professional, unbiased opinion of market value, in the support of real estate transactions. Appraisers illustate their expert findings in appraisal reports.
Why would I request services from Tide Appraisals?(Top) There are a lot of reasons to get an appraisal with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for ordering an appraisal report include:
My agent performed a CMA for me. Is that the same as an appraisal?(Top) Frankly, they share nothing in common. The CMA relies on indefinite market trends. The appraisal is based on specific definite comparable sales. The appraisal report will also contain area and building values. A CMA delivers a "ball park 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 hands down the biggest 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. 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 fee for work they perform, regardless of their value conclusion.
Upon completion of the appraisal, what assurance is there that the value indicated is veritable?(Top) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who do appraisers work for?(Top) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's most likely client, needing their services to ensure property involved in a mortgage transaction is enough to cover a loan balance in the case of default. Appraisers also provide opinions for legal settlements, tax matters and investment decisions.
Where does Tide Appraisals get the data used to estimate values in Baltimore County or other areas?(Top) One of the main activities of an appraiser is to collect data. Data can be divided into Specific or General. Specific data is from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are gathered by the appraiser while on site.
General data is received from a many places. To find out about recent sales to be used as "comps", an appraiser will often use 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. Appraisers often need 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 most importantly, the appraiser gathers general data from his or her collective knowledge gained from creating appraisals for other houses in the same market.
Why should I hire a licensed appraiser?(Top) 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 doesn't leave your home on the market too long; an appraisal can help with that. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. For those settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Tide Appraisals is the best documentation 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.
My mortgage statement has an item on it for PMI? Can I get rid of that?(Top) PMI is short for for Private Mortgage Insurance. PMI protects the lender in the event a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the home is lower than what the borrower still owes on 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.
Does the appraiser need anything from me in advance?(Top) We begin 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 condition of its amenities. Is there anything you can do to help? Yes there is! First, be sure we have easy access to the exterior of the house (gates aren't locked, etc). Trim any shrubs and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. Indoors, make sure we can easily access items like furnaces and water heaters.
The following items, if available, will help your appraiser to provide a more accurate appraisal in a shorter period of time:
Define "Market Value"(Top) In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Does the appraisal belong to the bank or the consumer?(Top) For mortgage transactions, the lender requests the appraisal, either directly or through a third party. While the buyer pays for the report as part of the closing costs, the lender retains the right to use the report or any information contained within. 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.
This rule doesn't apply when a home owner hires an appraiser directly. 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 stipulated 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?(Top) 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
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, work that may not add value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.