Full service appraisal company serving most of Connecticut
We provide one-on-one services, with a consultative approach, so that the appraisal and report you need is accurate, efficient, and fits the requirements. Working directly with management companies or lenders, it is our goal to create long-term relationships, and provide excellent service.
- Appraisals for Single Family Residential, Multi-Family and Condominium Units
- FHA, VA and Conventional Loan Appraisals
- New Construction Appraisals
- Land Appraisals
- Reviews of all types, both Field and Desktop
- Valuations for Estate, Divorce or Tax
- Rent Survey and Operating Income Statements
- Recertification and Appraisal Updates
- 203K Program Appraisals
- Employee Relocation Appraisals
- REO Appraisals
- Narrative Appraisals for Pre-Foreclosure Litigation
Appraisal services that fit every need.
We make it our business to know what is happening in the industry, so we can better serve our customers.
Increasing profitability by saving you time & money
Our investment in training and technology has helped our customers greatly reduce their workload. With automatic report status updates and electronic delivery of the appraisal report, we are able to eliminate the run around and phone tag hassles associated with this process.
We save money, so we can pass that savings on to our clients by keeping our rates competitive.
We are your FHA and VA certified appraisal company.
We are qualified and approved to do appraisals for FHA secured financial transactions, as well as Veterans Affairs transactions. The FHA maintains a list of approved appraisers for each state – O’Malley, O’Rourke & Bezz Appraisal Associates, Inc. is on the roster of approved appraisers for Connecticut.
Frequently Asked Questions
An appraisal report is investigation leading to an opinion of value. This opinion or estimate is discerned through the use of a formal method that generally uses three “common approaches to value”. One of the three is the Cost Approach – which is what it would cost to replace the improvements, minus physical deterioration and other factors, then adding the land value. Easily the most common approach in finding the cost of a home is the Sales Comparison Approach which involves figuring a comparison to comparable homes nearby. The Sales Comparison Approach is normally the most accurate and clearest indicator of cost for a house. One of the least common approaches in appraising residential properties is the Income Approach, which is mainly used to figure the value of a property based on what an investor would pay based on the capital produced by the building.
A key party in deciding the cost of a home, an appraiser makes an unbiased opinion on the value of a property used in a real estate sale. Appraisers show their formal investigation in appraisal reports.
There are many reasons to obtain an appraisal from O’Malley, O’Rourke and Bezz Appraisal Associates, Inc. with the usual reason being real estate and mortgage transactions. A few other reasons for getting an appraisal include:
- To receive a loan.
- If you would like to reduce your property tax burden.
- To officially display the replacement cost of PMI.
- To contest high property taxes.
- If you need to take care of an estate.
- To offer you a negotiating tool when purchasing real estate.
- To figure out a reasonable price when selling real estate.
- To defend your rights in a condemnation case.
- Because a government agency such as the IRS requires it.
- If you ever find yourself in a lawsuit.
Home inspectors do not generate an opinion of value and do not use the same forms as appraisers. An inspection is a third-party evaluation of the liveable structure and applicances of a property, from the roof to the bottom. Usually, a home inspection report will discuss the amenities and the requirements of the house: air conditioning (weather permitting), electrical systems, the condition of the heating system, the plumbing; then the structural integrity of the home such as the attic, exposed insulation, walls, floors, ceilings, windows, then the foundation, basement and other visible structures.
Honestly, they share nothing in common. The CMA depends on indefinite local market trends. Appraisals use similar sales which are valid resources. Area and construction costs are also precedent in an appraisal. All a CMA does is generate a “ball park figure.” An appraisal delivers a defensible and carefully documented opinion of value.
But the biggest difference is the person creating the report. A CMA is created by a real estate agent who may or may not have a true grasp of the market or valuation concepts. The appraisal is created by a licensed, certified professional who has made a career out of valuing properties. Further, the appraiser is an independent voice, with no vested interest in the value of a home, unlike the real estate agent, whose income is tied to the value of the home.
Each report must reflect a credible estimate of value and must identify the following:
- The client and other intended users.
- The intended use of the report.
- The purpose of the assignment.
- The type of value reported and the definition of the value reported.
- The effective date of the appraiser’s opinions and conclusions.
- Relevant property characteristics, including location attributes, physical attributes, legal attributes, economic attributes, the real property interest valued, and Non real estate items included in the appraisal, such as personal property, including trade fixtures and intangible items.
- All known: easements, restrictions, encumbrances, leases, reservations, covenants, contracts, declarations, special assessments, ordinances, and other items of a similar nature.
- Division of interest, such as fractional interest, physical segment and partial holding.
- The scope of work used to complete the assignment.
In communicating an appraisal report, each appraiser must ensure the following:
- That the information analysis utilized in the appraisal was appropriate.
- That significant errors of omission or commission were not committed individually or collectively.
- That appraisal services were not rendered in a careless or negligent manner.
- That a credible, supportable appraisal report was communicated.
- Most states require that real estate appraisers are state licensed or certified.
- The state licensed or certified appraiser is trained to render an unbiased opinion based upon extensive education and experience requirements. To become licensed or certified, appraisers must fulfill rigorous education and experience requirements. In addition, appraisers must abide by a strict industry code of ethics and comply with national standards of practice for real estate appraisal. The rules for developing an appraisal and reporting its results are insured by enforcement of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Regulations regarding licensing and certification of Real Estate Appraisers vary from state to state. However, licensing and certification is most often associated with many hours of coursework, tests and practical experience. Once an appraiser is licensed, he or she is required to take continuing education courses in order to keep the license current.
Typically, appraisers are employed by lenders to estimate the value of real estate involved in a loan transaction. Appraisers also provide opinions in litigation cases, tax matters and investment decisions.
Gathering data is one of the primary roles of an appraiser. Data can be divided into Specific and General. Specific data is gathered from the home itself. Location, condition, amenities, size and other specific data are gathered by the appraiser during an inspection.
General data is gathered from a number of sources. Local Multiple Listing Services (MLS) provide data on recently sold homes that might be used as comparables. Tax records and other public documents verify actual sales prices in a market. Flood zone data is gathered from FEMA data outlets, such as Metro Appraisals’ InterFlood product. And most importantly, the appraiser gathers general data from his or her past experience in creating appraisals for other properties in the same market.
Anytime the value of your home or other real property is being used to make a significant financial decision, an appraisal helps. If you’re selling your home, an appraisal helps you set the most appropriate value. If you’re buying, it makes sure you don’t overpay. If you’re engaged in an estate settlement or divorce, it ensures that property is divided fairly. A home is often the single, largest financial asset anybody owns. Knowing its true value means you can the right financial decisions.
PMI stands for Private Mortgage Insurance. It insures a lender against loss on homes purchased with a down-payment of less than 20%. Once equity in the home reaches 20% you can eliminate the PMI and start saving immediately.
The first step in most appraisals is the home inspection. During this process, the appraiser will come to your home and measure it, determine the layout of the rooms inside, confirm all aspects of the home’s general condition, and take several photos of your house for inclusion in the report. The best thing you can do to help is make sure the appraiser has easy access to the exterior of the house. Trim any bushes and move any items that would make it difficult to measure the structure. On the inside, make sure that the appraiser can easily access items like furnaces and water heaters.
The following Items, if available, will help your appraiser to provide a more accurate appraisal in a shorter period of time:
- A survey of the house and property.
- A deed or title report showing the legal description.
- A recent tax bill.
- A list of personal property to be sold with the house if applicable.
- A copy of the original plans.
Market value or fair market value is the most probable price that a property should bring (will sell for) in a competitive and open market under all conditions requisite to a fair sale, the buyer and seller, each acting prudently, knowledgeably and assuming the price is not affected by undue stimulus. Implicit in this definition is the consummation of a sale as of a specified date and the passing of title from seller to buyer under conditions whereby: (1) buyer and seller are typically motivated; (2) both parties are well informed or well advised; (3) a reasonable time is allowed for exposure to the open market; (4) payment is made in terms of cash in U.S. dollars or in terms of financial arrangements comparable thereto; and (5) the price represents the normal consideration for the property sold unaffected by special or creative financing or sales concessions granted by anyone associated with the sale.
In most real estate transactions, the appraisal is ordered by the lender. While the home 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 home buyer is entitled to a copy of the report – it’s usually included with all of the other closing documents – but is not entitled to use the report for any other purpose without permission from the lender.
The exception to this rule is when a home owner engages an appraiser directly. In these cases, the appraiser may stipulate how the appraisal can be used; for PMI removal, or estate planning or tax challenges, for example. If not stipulated otherwise, the home owner can use the appraisal for any purpose.
The answer to this is different depending upon the location of the home. Different markets value amenities differently. Adding a central air conditioner in Houston, Texas may add significant value, while putting one in a home located in Buffalo, New York might not have much impact.