Single Family Home Residential Real Estate Appraisal Analysis

We must first identify the problem to be solved (type of value sought such as market value, insurable value and more), market value being the most common. We must also determine what we need to do to solve the problem (scope of work). Once we do this, then we proceed.

First, not all appraisers appraise the same. This can be related to a few things such as appraiser knowledge, appraiser experience, appraiser not being technologically savvy, appraisers not willing to change and other reasons. For these reasons and others, you will never get 5 appraisers to come up with the same opinion of value (appraisal). We should however, be in the “ballpark”. So here we go.

Subject Data

Let’s start with the subject. That is the house being appraised. We visit the home, measure to obtain square footage and sketch, take photos (front, rear and street) at a minimum. These days we are often required to take interior photos as well. We visually inspect inside and out looking at upkeep, quality, room additions, upgrades and many other factors. We look at the subject neighborhood and any positive and/or negative aspects such as power lines, train tracks airplane flight paths, overall neighborhood appeal and more. Please note, that when the term “inspect” is used, it is referring to visualization as appraisers are not inspectors, which is clearly stated on most appraisers addendum. It is on mine.

Sales Comparable Approach

After gathering all necessary information and data for the subject. The appraiser turns his/her attention to finding appropriate comparables. Comparables are homes that have recently sold within the subjects subdivision or close to the subject generally not more than 1 mile away. Comparables can also be listings, houses that are on the market for sale but have not yet sold. These comparables or comps as they are affectionately referred to need to be similar to the subject in terms of square footage, design and amenities. Any differences in any of these items require what we call adjustments to be made to the comps. The adjustments can be based on quality or quantity (qualitative or quantitative), they can be a percentage or a dollar amount. The adjustments give the comps an adjusted sales price which is what we base the opinion of value. Some of us appraisers not all, also employ the use of charts and graphs to support our adjustments.

Cost Approach

The appraiser also has to consider land value, depreciation and cost of improvements which is only accurate when we are appraising new home construction.

Income Approach

Income is only considered when the house being appraised is a rental property and provides income. In this approach, income and operating expenses, gross rent multipliers are calculated.

There is much more that goes with and is considered in the two latter approaches to value. However, we will continue with the main approach to value for residential home which is the Sales Comparable Approach. After adjustments are made to the sales comparables, we form an opinion of value, review and submit our report on a form which is called the URAR (uniformed residential appraisal report).

It is important as appraisers before we submit any report, that we are in compliance with USPAP (uniform standard of appraisal practice). This is what we as appraisers have to consider in all of our reports and make sure we are adhering to the standards in all approaches to an opinion of value that we may use.

Silicon Valley and Portola Valley Real Estate

It will be best if you hire the services of an experienced real estate agent who will give you the right advice when buying homes in this area. When contacting a realtor, clearly state the amount you can afford to spend on a house, your choice of the location, and other suitable requirements. These factors will help the realtor find you the ideal home that meets your specifications.

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The modern Mediterranean and custom homes that are available for sale in Portola Valley come with features like lofty rooms, wine tasting salons, libraries and saltwater pools. If you are looking for condominiums and town homes in the area, know that these are rare to find.

The Internet provides you the details of a property regarding its measurements, price rates and exact location. You can also view the pictures of the property you are willing to buy from different angles. You can look online for finding information on the details of Portola Valley and Menlo Park. It is possible to narrow your search by proving the price range and the number of bedrooms when you are searching for available homes.

You can learn about the school district, the public services in the places, and if there are entertainment zones in proximity to where your future home. If you have children, you can buy a property near the public schools. From being the community’s center of activity to offering its residents and visitors with a County Library, Community Hall and several recreational playing fields, Portola Valley has it all.