Improving the Valuation of Large Commercial Properties for Real Estate Tax Purposes
The aims of this project are to examine systematically methods for valuing large office buildings for property tax purposes, identify issues, evaluate their seriousness, and describe potential solutions for consideration by the profession. The prices of recently sold prominent office buildings often are greater than their appraised values, leading to fears that commercial properties generally are undervalued relative to residential properties. Evidence of trends in residential and commercial property prices is examined. The practices used to value office properties in five selected assessment jurisdictions are examined in detail, and they are evaluated relative to applicable professional standards.