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Many people make assumptions about vacant land parcels based on what they have been told on based on a brief observation. Properties that look valuable may however have little or no potential use, and thus little or no monetary value, while properties that appear worthless can be extremely valuable. For appraisers it all begins with a highest and best use analysis. Depending on the use a highest and best use analysis can be based on observed evidence and the land use patterns, but the process can be more intensive when necessary and include a complete market analysis and feasibility study. Most appraisals do not require the most intensive highest and best use development process.
There are times when a standard analysis of real property characteristics is insufficient in an appraisal. As an example, most land appraisals consider things like topography and soils, but they done get into the slopes / grades of the comparable sales. When you get an appraisal assignment on a subject property with steep slopes it become important to know if the comparable sales are similar. If, for example, the subject has a 30% grade you don’t want to compare it to land that is flat. Some properties with steep slopes have terraced areas, so you can cut and fill a road to get to the terraced areas and develop them. Appraisers are often tasked with making decisions about net usable area. A subject property may be 10 Acres in gross but after you consider the slopes, low lands (including washes and streams) and shape the net usable area may be only 1 Acre. Other factors like soils, zoning, planning, and offsite infrastructure including roadways are also important factors and considered