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By Altus Group | January 12, 2015

Authored by David C. Lennhoff, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, the Peer-Reviewed Article You Can’t Get the Value Right If You Get the Rights Wrong was published in The Appraisal Journal – Winter 2009.


Market value opinions of the fee interest in custom-built commercial properties present challenging problems. In these assignments, appraisers must understand the nuances between value in use and market value, and fee simple estates and leased fees. These built-to-suit properties have rents, sale prices, and overall capitalization rates that are not representative of the market for second-generation users. The cost to build and worth to the initial owner or tenant well exceeds what the property would be able to command on the market for either lease or sale. This article reviews the three traditional valuation approaches and discusses the misconceptions that lead to the wrong value for the property fee interest.

Read the full article here: You-Cant-Get-the-Value-Right-if-You-Get-the-Rights-Wrong_Lennhoff_Winter2009

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