REIT 101

The investment world is filled with a variety of vehicles in which to stow one’s wealth. Generally, stocks, bonds, and real property are the primary investment assets that can be purchased with cash and held for income and capital gains purposes. In 2012, talking babies during the Super Bowl […]

EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa Program

The Employment-Based Immigration Program is one of the United States’ citizenship and immigration services administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. EB-1 through EB-4 each provide a method for foreign workers, with particular skills and education, to obtain permanent work visas in the United States. EB-5, created in […]

Construction Defects — Appraisal Challenges

This paper discusses some of the current appraisal challenges in valuing properties with construction defects, as well as trends on the horizon.
Author: John A. Kilpatrick

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The Gulf Oil Spill – Updated

Greenfield Advisors produced a June 15, 2010, white paper on the valuation issues stemming from the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire, and subsequent oil spill. Since that time, significant new issues have arisen. Greenfield has been asked to take the lead in valuation issues, and has responded with several […]

The Gulf Oil Spill

The Gulf oil spill issue is rapidly unfolding, and Greenfield Advisors has been tracking the situation since news of the explosion first hit. The following is based on the best information available to date, which is believed to be reliable. For more up-to-date information, please keep track of updates […]

So How’s the Market

This paper was written in December 2007, after the sub-prime meltdown became front-page headlines. It attempts to address the status of the real estate market at that time, with a couple caveats, and explain enough about real estate finance to provide some insight into the cause of the crisis.

Author: […]

Certifying the Real Estate Damages Class – An Appraiser’s Perspective

This article reviews the basic underpinnings of real estate valuation and appraisal methods as they are applied in mass tort. It then summarizes the appraisal perspective on six categories of questions addressed in recent, successful class certifications:

Do individual property idiosyncrasies cause mass appraisal methods to violate Daubert?
Can the mass […]

Review of Eminent Domain Appraisals

Much is written about real estate appraisal methodology, and attorneys who represent clients in Eminent Domain actions are usually fairly familiar with the process. The real problem, of course, is dealing with the “other side’s” appraisal—usually the one proffered by the taking agency. Attorneys and appraisers alike have little […]