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Estimating External Obsolescence

Estimating External Obsolescence

by Philip G. Spool, ASA   My previous two articles were about estimating physical depreciation and functional obsolescence. In my article on functional obsolescence, I indicated that it is very complicated to understand and to estimate. I also discussed calculating functional obsolescence in the cost and sales comparison approaches. This article discusses… Read More

Cost Segregation Studies – Background

Events Leading to the Use of the Cost Segregation Study by Guy P. Reese, MAI and Kevin Cavasos, CMI Component depreciation in various forms was permitted by IRS for measuring depreciation until the establishment of the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) by the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Under MACRS, assets are grouped into… Read More

Using Distressed Sales

Editor’s Note: Appraising in a real estate collapse poses its problems. Seasoned appraiser Matt Cook, provides some guidance. Using Distressed Sales By Matt Cook If you’re having trouble appraising in a market where distressed properties dominate, you’re not alone. Recently, an appraiser stated in a post that the market for a particular residential assignment included… Read More

Rise and Fall of Real Estate Values

Editor’s Note: In this story, appraiser John Lifflander explains the roles played by the Feds, brokers/lenders and yes, appraisers, in getting us into the lending “meltdown.” The story is reprinted with permission from Fair and Equitable magazine, published by IAAO (International Association of Assessing Officers). Rise and Fall of Real Estate Values by John Lifflander,… Read More

New Qualifications / USPAP Explained

New Qualifications/USPAP Explained by David Brauner, Editor If you’ve been busy making a living, perhaps you missed or forgot that important changes to appraiser qualifications and to the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) took effect January 1, 2008. Here is a brief overview of the changes with rational provided by John S. Brenan, Director… Read More