3 Common Commercial Real Estate Appraisal Questions

San-Diego-Commercial-Appraisal-QuestionsRecently, we discussed the ways to help prepare for a commercial real estate appraisal, which included providing as much income/expense information as is available and helping the appraiser inspect the entire property.

There are many questions that can be asked regarding a commercial appraisal. Here are some of the more common.

What if I don’t have any income or expense information?

As stated previously, appraisers generally ask for three years of income and expenses. If three years are not available, then provide as many years as you can because some information is better than none. If no information is available, then inform the appraiser and he or she will state this in the report. If there is no historical information, the appraiser will generally use market rent and market expenses, which are based on comparable properties and industry benchmarks.

Do I have to meet the appraiser at the property?

Sometimes, the owner or property representative is out of the area or unavailable to physically be at the property during the appraiser’s inspection. As long as the appraiser has full access to the subject property, then an owner or representative does not have to necessarily be present. However, it is important to 1) let the appraiser know of any important issues prior to the inspection (such deferred maintenance) and 2) be available for follow up in case issues or questions arise after the inspection.

What happens if not all of the property is inspected?

There are some assignments where portions of the property are not able to be fully accessed. For example, in a hotel appraisal or apartment appraisal some of the units may be occupied and unable to be accessed. If you know that an appraiser cannot access the entire property in advance, please let them know. The appraiser will state this in the report and will generally add an extraordinary assumption to the report, assuming that the condition of the areas not inspected are similar to those that were.

Do you have any other questions about the appraisal process? If so, or if you have any need for a commercial real estate appraisal in San Diego County, please be sure to contact us directly. Also, please be sure to check out our YouTube page, where we provide education on the appraisal process as well as answer other frequently asked questions.

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