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Valuing Retail Buildings for Real Estate Assessment Purposes

Go With the Cost Approach for Best Results

James Siebers    |    Property Valuation

Tax Bill

Recently, several national chain retailers have attempted to get their property assessments and taxes reduced based on the assumption that the buildings out of which they operate should be valued by comparing them to vacant or “dark” buildings, or buildings that are used for a different, less valuable purpose than what they were intended for. The retailers argue they should...

One Million Borrowers Regain Mortgage Equity in 2015

Negative Equity Remains Low in Oil-Patch Areas

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

25 States with the Largest YOY Change
  • The negative equity share fell to 8.5 percent in Q4 2015 from 10.7 percent in Q4 2014.
  • Only North Dakota saw an increase in negative equity in 2015, but the increase was minimal.  
  • Negative equity remains low in the oil-patch areas.

The nationwide negative equity share decreased in 2015, falling from 10.7 percent in Q4 2014 to 8.5 percent...

Home Prices Continue to Rise But Some Oil Markets Post Smaller Gains

Nationally Prices Increased Nearly 7 Percent Year Over Year in January 2016

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

Figure 1 YOY HIPI Growth
  • Home prices including distressed sales increased 6.9 percent year over year in January 2016 and remain 7 percent below the April 2006 peak.
  • Washington had the largest year-over-year HPI growth of any state in January 2016.
  • Appreciation slowed in some oil markets, with Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas logging only a 5.7 percent year-over-year gain and...

CoreLogic Home Price Index Can Be Used to Mark Down Distressed Properties

Use discount factors to improve your portfolio mark-to-market results

Bin He    |    Property Valuation

Figure 1 Illustration of applying discount factor to distressed property

The industry often uses the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI)TM to estimate fair market values between sales transactions.  While this methodology can deliver reasonable valuation estimates for standard properties and transactions, distressed properties, such as real estate owned (REO) and short sales, typically sell at a discount to this estimated value.  CoreLogic has...

Colorado Tops State Appreciation Rates for All 12 Months of 2015

2015 Home Prices Increased 5 Percent for the Year

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

  • Home prices including distressed sales increased 6.3 percent year over year in December 2015 and remain 7.6 percent below the April 2006 peak. Prices rose 5 percent for full year 2015.
  • Colorado had the largest year-over-year HPI growth in December 2015.
  • The high-price tier had the slowest appreciation rate of all price tiers in...
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