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What’s Involved?

Having an idea of what is involved in appraising a piece of property can greatly help in maximizing the appraised value and avoiding costly details and re-inspections. The appraisal process consists of several steps.

1.  Research the subject property as to size, bedrooms, baths, year built, square footage and lot size.

2. Gather data of recent sales in the subject’s neighborhood. The appraiser needs to locate at least three, preferably similar sized homes which have sold and closed escrow in the neighborhood.

3.  Field inspections consist of two parts: first the interior and the exterior inspection of the subject property and second, the exte­rior inspection of the comparable properties which have been selected to estimate the value of the subject property.

The subject inspection consists of taking pho­tos of the street scene, front of the home and rear of the home which may include portions of the yard. The appraiser will make an interior inspection for condition, noting any items that would detract from or add to the value of the home. They will also draw a floor plan of the home while doing the inspection.

The inspection of the comparable properties is limited to an exterior inspection. For features that cannot be seen from the street, the appraiser has reports from Multiple Listings Services (MLS), California Market Data Cooperative (CMDC), county public records, and appraisal files along with other sources to help determine the condition and amenities of the comparables. After the field inspection has been completed, the appraiser must determine which comparable properties most resemble the subject, making slight adjustments in value for any differences between them. After mak­ing the required adjustments, the appraiser must go through the reconciliation process with the three comparable properties to deter­mine a final estimated value. This method of estimating value is called the Direct Sales Comparison Approach to Value, and it accounts for nearly all of the considerations in determining value of single family homes.

In most cases, (over 90% of the time) what you see in the condition of the exterior of a home will he repeated almost exactly in the interior.

An appraiser will call in advance to set up the appointment to inspect the home. At that time, any information about the home’s size, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, pool, enclosed patio, etc. should he supplied. The more that is known about the property prior to inspection, the better the appraiser can focus on researching the most similar comparables.

Charlie Dunn
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties
11306 183rd Street, Cerritos, CA 90703
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