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For What It’s Worth: I Couldn’t Have Said It Better! – October 2014

“For What It’s Worth” is a monthly newsletter written by Director Rand Curtiss.

I was recently deposed as an expert witness, and the attorney asked me to explain the rationales of the three appraisal approaches: Market, Income, and Asset.  I responded that:

  1. The Market Approach is based on what an asset could be sold for.
  2. The Income Approach is based on what an asset could earn (or cash flow).
  3. The Asset Approach is based on the cost of creating or replacing an asset.

The attorney then asked a perceptive question:

“So you are saying that the Market Approach assumes a sale, the Income Approach assumes a hold, and the Asset Approach assumes cost?”

I could not have said it better, and I complimented her on a superb summary of the differences between the three approaches.  You will see it in all of my future appraisal reports!

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