Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

The Science View on Valuation Estimating Property Values in Times of Significant Uncertainty In times of Covid-19 pandemic, property market or fair values are harder than ever to estimate. Valuers desperately trying to find enough ‘evidence’, but property is an illiquid asset by definition and as such, transactional evidence disappears during periods of market unrest. … Continue reading Valuation in crisis – Art versus Science – The Science View

Valuation in crisis– Art versus Science – The Art View

The Art View on Valuation The life of a valuer is pretty tough at the best of times, even with the benefit of good comparable evidence. This is because valuers are carrying out transaction analysis in the most imperfect market that exists. This is why valuation is often described as both an art and a … Continue reading Valuation in crisis– Art versus Science – The Art View

Will Green Credentials Impact Property Values – Let’s Go Dutch

By Morag Beers Going Dutch does not always have particularly positive connotations; but Going Dutch in green investments is a whole other matter. The Dutch do it well, and the results are increasingly being recognised as beneficial. How do the Dutch know how to do this? I learned a joke about developers when I arrived … Continue reading Will Green Credentials Impact Property Values – Let’s Go Dutch

Demystifying real estate financial models

Real Estate financial models are mainly spreadsheets used extensively as an aid in decision support in the areas of property investment and lending. These spreadsheets will ascertain the present value of a stream of cash flows and generate risk / return ratios. How do I create a real estate financial model? Being proficient in real … Continue reading Demystifying real estate financial models

What is the relationship between yields, risk, rents and price/value in property?

Yields have many different meanings in finance - yield to maturity, running yield, dividend yield, interest yield - and in property finance, the case is very similar. We can talk about initial yield, equivalent yield, reversionary yield etc. It is, therefore, really easy to get lost in a “yield” conversation, unless you stop the other person and ask: “which yield?!” If you are emotionally intelligent enough (and I bet you are if you are reading this!), you won’t do this so blatantly. So, let’s break down this “yield” conversation first to ascertain the relationship between yields, risk etc. First, it is safe to assume that “yield” refers to initial yield...

Are REITs real estate?

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Firstly, REITs, or Real Estate Investment Trusts, are companies that own and manage real estate. Therefore, owning shares in REITs is a way for investors to access the risks and rewards of holding property assets without having to buy and manage property directly. REITs typically pay out all of their taxable income (90% in the … Continue reading Are REITs real estate?

The benefits of SUMPRODUCT?

By Victor Alarsa If you are one of those who loves to model using lots of “IF”, “AND” and “OR” functions, then this article is for you. Let’s discuss the SUMPRODUCT, which literally means summing up the multiplication (product) of two or more different arrays. For example, if you want to calculate total rental value … Continue reading The benefits of SUMPRODUCT?

An overview of the “UK-complex-housing-planning-permission-system”

By Victor Alarsa Who’s responsible for granting planning permissions? The planning system is designed to be applied by local authorities. There are three layers of authorities: Nationally (national plan) County councils (regional plan) Unitary authorities such as districts, boroughs or city councils, hereafter referred as to Local Planning Authority (LPA) LPA is ultimately responsible for … Continue reading An overview of the “UK-complex-housing-planning-permission-system”