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Commercial Property - How The Market Value Is Determined?

May 22, 2008
Investing in commercial property can be a very self-sustaining and lucrative venture. Just like with residential real estate, you can have your tenants pay your mortgage bills for you. If you buy a larger building, often you can have several renters and your investment profits will be even greater. As you look into buying some commercial property, it will be important to get an appraisal of the fair market value of the purchase. This can be provided to you by a licensed appraiser, but it may also be helpful for you to know, how that commercial property market value is determined.

Calculating the value of a commercial property is not as simple as appraising the value of a residential home or apartment building. With residential properties, the value is determined by the condition of the home itself, compared with other homes with similar square footage and lot space in the same area. With a commercial property, the size and the condition of the actual building are still taken into account, including the state of things like the plumbing and heating and roof. But appraisers have to use other indicators to establish the value, because there are not usually many properties of exactly comparable size and location. Comparisons are still used in a general sense by investigating the costs of similar nearby buildings, but there are several other factors that are even more important in determining the market value.

One of the factors that most determine the worth is the market area of the property. Properties that are centrally located within the city limits with good transportation access will obviously be worth more than those that are located farther away from town and are harder to get to. This is because it is worth more to tenants to have their employees and suppliers nearby. A prime location is also valued higher because potential customers will pass the building regularly and have a greater chance of becoming real customers if it is in their normal path of travel.

Another very important aspect that determines the commercial property market value is the potential for rental income. If the building is well located, it will attract more tenants, making the property more valuable. If the building has several spaces for renters, it will be valued higher, because there will be several tenants to generate owner income. The ability to make more money from the property translates into a higher value (and price.)

Finally, commercial property market values are established by considering how many other properties of similar size, state, and income potential are available in the area. If there are plenty of comparable properties in the market, the value will be lower, but generally if a property offers more space or better location than most of the nearby buildings, it will be worth much more. This is because it will typically be able to attract tenants very easily.
While commercial property values are determined differently than residential properties, the contributing factors are easy to understand and look for. Knowing the way commercial properties are valued can help you in picking the best spot for your investment!
About the Author
Commercial property investment is a vital task and is very lucrative venture. It is advisable to understand how its value is calculated and which factors affect it. To learn more on commercial property analysis, visit KISCL online at http://www.kiscl.com.
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