Whether you are looking to purchase or sell a property, commercial real estate appraisals are key to determining the price or value of the property in question. Appraising commercial real estate is beneficial to a seller and a buyer as it helps identify the comparative value of a particular property against other available properties in the market. Commercial property is defined as a property used exclusively for business-related purposes or to provide workspaces rather than private living spaces.

Commercial real estate should not be confused with residential real estate appraisals, which looks at the value of single-family homes, condominiums, or townhouses mainly used as private living spaces. Whereas commercial real estate properties are typically leased by tenants who conduct income-generating activities, residential properties are purchased for personal use. Knowing the distinction between the two will help you choose the right valuation approaches when you are buying or selling.

Commercial real estate appraisal is the process of identifying the current value of a commercial property. It is mainly conducted by sellers to identify the market value of their property when considering selling it to other parties. In other cases, buyers undertake a commercial property appraisal to verify whether the asking price is competitive against other options in the market. In both instances, the derived value of the property acts as an unbiased, fair estimate that sets a foundation for negotiations, financing, restructuring or insurance purposes.  

The current market value of a real estate property helps banks determine how much financing they can safely lend against such assets. Financial institutions provide capital to investors, individuals and businesses against assets that can be sold off to recover the total sum of principal and interest accrued on loan should the borrower fail in their obligations to repay. In the case of real estate, the current market value forms a basis for calculating the maximum mortgage value a bank can lend safely.

Further, insurance companies use commercial real estate appraisals to determine how much you should pay to insure the commercial property’s value against such perils as fire, theft, and natural disasters. Whichever the case, it is essential to identify the exact purpose of the appraisal report to determine the correct method of undertaking commercial real estate valuations.