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by Guest on May 15, 2012 • General Appraisal • 808 Views
by Guest on Jun 9, 2012 • General Appraisal • 857 Views
by Guest on Aug 21, 2012 • General Appraisal • 924 Views
From an appraiser’s perspective, the asking price of a comparable or competitive property may provide some indication of market value, but it is not evidence that anyone was willing to actually purchase the property at that price. Real estate agents constantly point to asking prices as if they were market evidence, and yes, at times it is, but agents often tell their clients when they list a property to push the last, highest pending sale. Owners want the most that they can get. It’s common sense that the next seller up will push the value achieved from the last sale and pending deal. Thus there is a de-facto, built-in, upward asking price bias in most real estate markets.
by Guest on Oct 22, 2012 • General Appraisal • 1511 Views
Let me qualify my statements regarding this issue, I am not a state regulator, a text book writer / editor or an appraisal educator. Having said that, it is my opinion as a commercial appraiser that saying that the highest and best use of a real property is for "speculation" is a bad idea, it is just asking for trouble. Most real properties, at least in urban areas of Nevada, are subject to a land use plan and many of those have been placed in some zoning category when a zoning ordinance was implemented. Even properties in rural areas that have no planning or zoning ordinance in place generally have some development potential for either a residential, industrial or commercial use depending on the availability of roadways, railroads, utilities and surrounding land uses.
As a land appraiser in Las Vegas / Clark County Nevada looking at sales activity in December of 2012 I am seeing the similar dichotomy develop in almost every submarket area, the average sales prices per acre are still near their 6-year lows and most asking prices are dramatically higher, higher than any closing price seen for years. The psychology of owners seems to be effectively saying, "most of us want higher prices" but only the select few who are willing to or forced to part with their property at recession affected prices become closed transactions.
by Guest on Jan 25, 2013 • General Appraisal • 706 Views
Clients ask me whether a parcel of vacant land that they own should be divided, without incurring the substantial cost of a full blown subdivision, into a few or several smaller parcels as may be allowed by the City or County government. They point to valid comparable sales and say, "Why not sell multiple parcels at the higher price per acre?"
by Guest on Jan 28, 2013 • General Appraisal • 939 Views
Like most appraisers I try to keep up with the latest market statistics and I read the "business" press, the university forecasts and real estate brokerage reports. It's interesting to read reports over and over again about how the Las Vegas economy is "improving," about how it's just a matter of time until the recovery really kicks in. It's the ridiculous "if we build it they will come" theory twisted by the press into "if we write it (or promote it) that will make it so."
by Guest on Feb 1, 2013 • General Appraisal • 987 Views
Not all appraisers have access to a great real property database that includes hundreds of properties and a wide range of property types that can provide
income and expense detail, but even those appraisers who can must often take a hard look at expense information because there is a lot of variability from one property to the next.
by Guest on Feb 20, 2013 • General Appraisal • 1207 Views
Long-term leases are often negotiated between parties when securing a fee interest is not possible, and appraisers are often asked to value either the underlying real property, the leasehold or the leased-fee interests. When a landowner wants to benefit from an expected strong appreciation associated with a property they often will not sell it but will establish a lease that compensates them for appreciation.