Feicht R.E. and Appraisal, LLC. has answers to "Frequently Asked Questions"
What is an appraisal?
What is an appraisal?(See list of FAQ's) An appraisal report is an investigation allowing the appraiser to come to an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is arrived at using a formal process that typically utilizes three "common approaches to value". The Cost Approach is one of the processes that appraisers use to find the value of a property; it involves finding what the improvements would cost minus physical deterioration, adding the land value. Easily the most common approach in figuring the likely sales price of a home is the Sales Comparison Approach which concerns making a comparison to comparable homes close by. The Sales Comparison Approach is normally the most definitive and clearest indicator of a liklely sales price for a home. The Income Approach is primarily used for finding the market value of income-producing properties based on what an investor would pay based on the amount of income a property would bring in.
Describe what an appraiser does(See list of FAQ's) An appraiser generates a professional, unbiased assessment of market value, to be used in making real estate transactions. Appraisers exhibit their findings in appraisal reports.
Why would I require your services?(See list of FAQ's) There are many reasons to get an appraisal from Feicht R.E. and Appraisal, LLC. with the most common reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for purchasing an report include:
What is the difference between an appraisal and a home inspection? (See list of FAQ's)The appraiser is not a home inspector and he or she does not do a complete home inspection. A third-party home inspector will investigate the structure of the property, from the roof to the bottom. Generally, a home inspection report will discuss the amenities and the requirements of the home: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical functions, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural capacity of the home such as the attic, exposed insulation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, then the foundation, basement and other visible structures.
Is an appraisal the same as a comparative market analysis(CMA)?(See list of FAQ's) To be blunt, it's like comparing Shakespeare to reality TV. The CMA utilizes market trends to create most of their business. Appraisals use comparable sales which are verifiable resources. Location and building costs are also important in an appraisal. 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.
The person behind the report is actually the most significant difference between a CMA and an appraisal. A CMA is created by a real estate agent who may or may not be trained in technical valuation concepts or even have a handle on market trends. The appraisal is created by a licensed, certified professional who makes a living out of valuing properties. Moreover, the appraiser is an independent party, with no conditional interest in the value of a home, unlike the real estate agent, who gets a commission based upon the price of the home.
What's in an appraisal report? (See list of FAQ's)Each appraisal must reflect a credible estimate of value and should clearly state the following:
Once the assignment has been completed, how can I have confidence that the value conclusion is trustworthy?(See list of FAQ's) In the documentation of an appraisal, each appraiser must make sure of the following:
Who are an appraiser's customers?(See list of FAQ's) Mortgage lenders are an appraiser's typical client, requiring their services to ensure property involved in a mortgage transaction is enough to cover a loan balance in the case of default. Attorneys and CPAs also hire appraisers for divorce and estate settlements.
Where does Feicht R.E. and Appraisal, LLC. get the information used to estimate values in Saint Louis County or other areas?(See list of FAQ's) One of the primary tasks an appraiser must accomplish is to assimilate data. Data can be described as either Specific or General. Specific data is taken from the home itself; Location, condition, amenities, size and other specifics are noted by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is gathered from a numerous sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) have information on recently sold homes that could be used as comparables. Tax records and other courthouse documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is retrieved from FEMA data outlets, such as a la mode's InterFlood service.
And most importantly, the appraiser assimilates general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other properties in the same market.
How can a licensed appraiser help me?(See list of FAQ's) An appraisal is a valuable tool anytime the value of your home is relevant to some financial decision. When selling your house, an appraisal helps you set a price that maximizes profit and reduces time on the market. When buying, be sure you're not overpaying by getting an independent appraisal. For people settling an estate or divorce, an appraisal from Feicht R.E. and Appraisal, LLC. is the best way to ensure assets are divided fairly. A home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value means you can make smart financial decisions.
My mortgage statement has an item on it for PMI? Can I get rid of that?(See list of FAQ's) PMI is the common abbreviation for for Private Mortgage Insurance. It guards the lender if a borrower doesn't pay on the loan and the value of the house is lower than the loan balance. You can have your PMI dropped once you've achieved 20% equity in your home through appreciation and principal payments.
How do I get ready for the appraiser?(See list of FAQ's) The first step in most appraisals is the property inspection. 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 features. Is there anything you can do to help? Yes there is! First, be sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house . Trim any shrubs and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. Indoors, make sure the appraiser can get to appliances like furnaces and water heaters.
To help expedite our work as well as ensure a more accurate report, attempt if possible to have the following items:
What is "Market Value?"(See list of FAQ's) In real estate appraising, Market Value (as opposed to Fair Market Value) is commonly defined as:
Who has rights to the appraisal report?(See list of FAQ's) In most real estate transactions, the appraisal is ordered by the lender. 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 certainly 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 engaging the appraiser for things outside securing a mortgage. In these scenarios, the appraiser may state the purpose of the appraisal; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
Are some home improvements more worthwhile than others?(See list of FAQ's) It really depends on the market. For example, putting in an inline humidifier could be nice in arid regions, but completely useless near the coast!
As a rule, the most value returned 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%. On the contrary, something that may not increase your value would be painting just for the sake of redecorating.