Real Estate Appraisal FAQ
When to hire an appraiser?
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What is in an appraisal report?
The characteristics of the property including, location, physical features, permanently installed items, legal attributes, and all facets that affect the valuation including, economic factors property rights and any known defects, restrictions, leases, reservations, covenants, contracts, declarations, special assessments, ordinances, and other items of a similar nature.
Who hires an appraiser?
Appraisers are frequently hired by lenders to establish the market value of a property for a loan transaction to ensure that the property is valued in the amount of the requested loan. Lawyers and accountants frequently hire appraisers to help determine property values in the course of divorce and estate settlements. Appraisers are hired by property owners and sellers, as well as any financial institution or professional within the real estate industry.
Real estate appraisal vs real estate inspection?
A Atlas Valuation, LLC appraiser does not provide a home or building inspection but performs a third party investigation of all accessible facets of a property including structure and amenities, from roof to foundation and surrounding areas for the purposes of determining its value on the open market. A building inspection is always a recommended, which provides a detailed report of property condition and potential costs to cure any needed repairs. The appraiser is trained to observe and report.
How do appraisers get information?
The data used in an appraisal report can be what is termed “Specific” or “General” and is gathered from Multiple Listing Services (MLS), tax records, professional subscription data services, and a range of other public documents and records. The appraiser compiles the data and comparative studies in combination with additional standard methods of analysis.
What standards must an appraiser follow?
All Atlas Valuation, LLC appraisers must ensure that the following items are covered:
All certified appraisers must meet extensive requirements, as required by each state’s Appraisal Act. Atlas Valuation, LLC appraisers are licensed to provide qualified reports and members of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Who sees an appraisal report?
Appraisal reports for mortgage transactions may be paid for by the buyer for closing a sale, though the lending financial institution retains the right to use the report and all of its information. When a homeowner hires an appraiser directly however, the appraiser may specify the purpose of the appraisal for estate planning or tax disputes and the homeowner retains all rights to the appraisal.