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What is an Appraisal?

Today is the age of specialization and the real estate profession is no exception to the rule. Real estate appraising is a complex field. The sale of your home, business, or any "real property" may be the largest transaction of your lifetime. Appraisers' opinions can play an important part in almost any real estate transaction, for this reason a NAIFA Appraiser should be consulted.

What is an Appraisal?
An appraisal is an opinion of value, the act, or process of estimating value. This opinion or estimate is derived by using the three common approaches, all derived from the market. They are:

1.  Cost Approach to value is what it would cost to replace or reproduce the improvements as of the date of appraisal, less the Physical Deterioration, the Functional Obsolescence and the Economic Obsolescence. The remainder is added to the Land Value.

2. Comparison Approach to value makes use of other "bench mark" properties of similar size, quality, and location that have recently sold. A comparison is made to the subject property.

3. Income Approach to value is of primary importance in ascertaining the value of income producing properties and has little weight in residential type properties. This approach provides an objective estimate of what a prudent investor would pay based upon the net income the property produces.

Then, after thorough analysis of all general and specific data gathered from the market, a final estimate or opinion of value is correlated.

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