Value in valuations!

Value in valuations!

Your ability to estimate the value of strategically relevant real estate properties will serve you well on multiple fronts. Listing a property for sale is an obvious example, but financing, investment evaluation, and insurance are all secondary to your ability to make informed and reliable valuations. 

Determining a property’s value is to look ahead. Real estate, unlike everyday commercial goods, is relatively unique in that much of its value proposition is tied to tenure. The longevity of the benefits of real estate all contribute to its long-term value, but working in tandem with that estimation are a number of elements, such as demand and scarcity.

So how does one accurately determine the value of a property? The reality is that there are multiple methods with which to fuel an appraisal. Though inherently tailored to collect data regarding property particulars and geography, appraisal methods can broadly differ outside of the scope of collecting that information. For this reason, The Homburg Institute’s course on valuations explains, and ranks, 10 valuation methodologies in effectiveness.

Because appraisals are leveraged by both individuals and businesses alike (in addition to government-affiliated parties, mortgage specialists, and investors), a savvy real estate professional should strive to understand the best valuation method for any given property, as well as the relationships between inside and outside influences on that final figure.

Value doesn’t stop at geography and attributes, either - there’s data to be found in a property’s income-producing assets, such as office space, retail, and apartments. From those characteristics alone, one must predict and consider the viability of rent, and account for vacancies. The benefits include a solid prediction of future income for an asset, based on both market conditions and income.

As with most aspects of real estate, the flexibility of your practices is as important as establishing those fundamentals first. Identifying alternative methods for creating reliable valuations of assets is a complementary skill to what’s been outlined above.  For a full suite of information regarding the value in valuations, visit our dedicated page on Creating Reliable Valuations, or consider taking the course!

For those hungry for even more information:

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Homburg Institute's Oracle courses, with instructor Roger Staiger

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