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Are Your Improvements Contributory?

by Administrator on May 17, 2018 General Appraisal 11 Views

You are going to use that new industrial building that you just purchased for indoor tennis courts, and you want to know if those improvements will make the building worth more money? Or you already purchased and remodeled an industrial build to grow marijuana, and now it’s your opinion that those grow improvements are going to make it much more valuable. The problem that appraisers confront every day is that many parties who purchase industrial buildings and then modify them for a specialty purpose believe that there is an entire market full of people out there who are interested in purchasing the modified building, with its improvements, and they believe that there are many people willing to pay a premium for the improvements.

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How Much is Your Time as an Appraiser Worth?

by Administrator on May 17, 2018 Business Operation 7 Views

If you are doing FHA appraisals for $ 450 each you know what your time is worth because if you can complete 5 appraisal assignments a week your gross is $ 2,250 X 52 weeks a year is $ 117,000 a year. Most appraisers can’t however work without vacation time or any time off during the week and most don’t get a consistent number of assignments each and every month. An appraiser who does gross that much money makes about $ 56 an hour if they were working a standard 8 AM to 5 PM day, but we all know that appraisers usually work longer hours than that. Appraisers often work weekends, usually for the convenience of our clients, and many appraisers work more than an 8-hour day but have flexible hours if they are working for themselves. So, it’s hard to make comparisons with those in normal jobs if you don’t know how much time an appraiser is putting in to earn his or her income. I sometimes find that the hourly rate that I charged someone was too low because it actually took much longer t

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When Legal Permissibility Doesn't Matter

by Administrator on Apr 7, 2018 Market Conditions Articles 60 Views

When everyone on your block has rezoned their property commercial and your property is still zoned and planned residential it’s “reasonably probable” that your property will also be approved for a commercial use. Commercial zoning doesn’t exist for the site, so clearly commercial zoning is a hypothetical condition, but for appraisers it’s not taking a giant leap to realize that uses have changed, and the use of the subject will also likely change. There are other situations in the real estate world that can test an appraisers ability to make the right value decisions. Say you are appraising a low-density residentially zoned lot that is set back off the road, behind constructed single-family homes, but large and small vacant parcels surrounding it (including the homes) have been acquired by a speculator. So you are appraising what is effectively a “spite strip” or an “island” like parcel that you know the speculator must have. It appears to a casual observer that nothing has changed

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Water Rights Appraisals in Nevada

by Administrator on Apr 5, 2018 Water Rights Appraisals 43 Views

Once you leave the city and get away from the main, municipal and County water service providers you find out just how valuable water is. If you have a property that is 40 acres in size but you have no water rights or water service you usually have a single home site. You may have zoning that will allow 20 or 40 homes on it but if you can’t provide them all with water you can’t develop the property for all of those homesteads. Water rights are even more important to properties with commercial or industrial zoning, because those properties can never be used for their zoned or planned use without a legal water source. So, you may have an absolutely perfect site with high traffic, visibility and accessibility but if you don’t have the water you can’t develop the property.

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Church to Retail Use Appraisals

by Administrator on Apr 4, 2018 Church / Religious 40 Views

Churches are special-purpose or special-use properties and generally not easily converted to alternate uses like retail. Usually you can’t modify a Sanctuary or most other religious buildings for another use, they are just not designed for that purpose. In Las Vegas there are church groups that have purchased what were originally office buildings or retail buildings and then they modified them for church use. Some of those buildings can be reclaimed and used for their original purpose, usually with significant renovation. These buildings are usually rectangular-shaped, one story buildings but they are relatively rare.

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