Brightco Appraisal Services LLC. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
What is an appraisal?
What is an appraisal?(Top) The method of creating an appraisal report consists of an estimation which leads to an opinion of value. The real estate appraiser will use a several "approaches," typically three, to arrive at the estimation of market value. One of them is the Cost Approach - which is how much it would cost to replace the improvements, less physical deterioration and other factors, plus the land value. Another of the methods is the Sales Comparison Approach - which concerns discovering a comparison to other similar nearby properties which have recently sold. The Sales Comparison Approach is commonly the most accurate and clearest indicator of value for a home. The third approach is the Income Approach, which is the best method in appraising income producing properties - it deals with estimating what an investor would pay based on the money generated by the property.
Describe what an appraiser does(Top) An appraiser generates a professional, unbiased determination of market value, in the support of real estate transactions. Appraisers show their analysis in appraisal reports.
What are the reasons I would require services from Brightco Appraisal Services LLC.?(Top) There are many reasons to get an appraisal with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. Other reasons for ordering an appraisal include:
What is the difference between an appraisal and a comparative market analysis (CMA)?(Top) To be blunt, it's like comparing opera to country. What the CMA relies upon are vague trends. The appraisal is based on similar verifiable comparable sales. The appraisal report will also include area and construction prices. 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.
The person creating the report is frankly the most significant difference between a CMA and an appraisal. Real estate agents, who may not have a complete understanding of valuation methods or the entire market, write CMA's. A certified, Pennsylvania licensed professional who has formed a career on valuing homes in and around Berks County creates the appraisal. Moreover, the appraiser is an independent party, with no conditional interest in the property's value, unlike the agent, who gets a commission based upon the price of the home.
After completing the report, how can I have a guarantee that the final number is valid?(Top) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must ensure the following:
Who hires Brightco Appraisal Services LLC.(Top) Most of the time, appraisers are employed by mortgage lenders to estimate the value of real estate involved in a loan transaction - to make sure the house is indeed adequate collateral for the loan. Attorneys and CPAs also hire appraisers for asset division and estate settlements.
Where does an appraiser get the information used to estimate values in Berks County or other areas?(Top) Collecting data is one of the primary tasks an appraiser does. Data can be categorized as either Specific or General. Specific data is collected 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 numerous sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) have data on recently sold homes that could be used as comparables. Tax records and other courthouse documents reveal actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is available 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 collective knowledge gained from creating appraisals for other properties 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 also ensures you don't have to wait too long for a buyer to show up; an appraisal can help with that. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by commissioning an independent appraisal. For parties settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Brightco Appraisal Services LLC. is the best documentation to ensure assets are split up properly. A home 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 stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. It takes care of the lender if a borrower is unable to pay on the loan and the market price of the property is less 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?(Top) The first step in most appraisals is the property inspection. 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. In the yard, trim any landscaping so we can be free to get an accurate measurement of exterior walls.
You can make things go faster and improve the accuracy of the appraisal report by having the following things on hand:
What does "Market Value" mean?(Top) In real estate appraising, Market Value is commonly defined as:
Who has rights to the appraisal report?(Top) 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 bundled with all the other closing documents - but is not allowed 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 scenarios, the appraiser may define 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 use the appraisal for any purpose.
I want to get more for my house. Where should I spend money renovating?(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
As a rule, the best ROI from renovating a home comes in the kitchen. According to one national survey, kitchen remodels returned an average of 88% of the investment. In other words, a $10,000 kitchen remodeling project would add approximately $8,800 to the value of the home. Bathrooms are right up there with kitchens, returning 85%. Adding bedrooms and baths can also help the value of your home (when done well) as long as your home doesn't then become an oddball for your neighborhood in terms of size.