APPRAISAL TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

ACTUAL CASH VALUE (ACV): This term refers to Market Value and is generally synonymous with payment restricted to cash. Some insurance policies also define ACA as the replacement cost minus any depreciation. 

APPRAISAL REPORT: This is the actual document in which the opinion of value is stated. Appraisal reports can be written, which is always preferable, or oral. Both, according to USPAP, are subject to specific development and reporting requirements. 
 
APPRECIATION IN VALUE: This is an increase in value over time.
 
ASSUMPTIONS AND LIMITING CONDITONS OF THE APPRAISAL:  This is a listing in the appraisal document of those elements detailing the parameters of the appraisal document, the responsibilities of the appraiser and the information and procedures for which the appraiser does not assume responsibility. It is generally appropriate for the appraiser to explain why he/she has chosen to exclude specific elements as part of the description of limiting conditions. According to USPAP, the appraiser is required to identify and explain the circumstances and appropriateness of any assumptions, extraordinary assumptions, hypothetical and limiting condition that have been used in an appraisal assignment. 
 
AUCTION REPLACEMENT VALUE (ARV): This term, usually for insurance purposes, is defined as a reasonable amount in terms of US dollars which would be required to replace a property with another of similar age, quality, origin, appearance, provenance and condition within a reasonable length of time in an appropriate and relevant auction market. Since the client regularly and routinely buys at auctions, the appraiser rarely examines the retail market for this valuation. When applicable, sales and or import tax, commissions and or premiums are included in this amount. 
 
CERTIFIED APPRAISAL: This is the document prepared by a certified member of an appraisal organization.  
 
COMPARABLES: Finding similar and like objects to the one being appraised is the most commonly applied approach to evaluation. An examination and analysis of the sales figures for similar works or comparable objects allows the appraiser to arrive at the appropriate appraised value for the one under consideration. These figures are mandatory for most donation appraisals and may be provided by the appraiser in other situations when the appraiser judges them to be necessary. 
 
FAIR MARKET VALUE (FMV): FMV is usually for IRS purposes and is defined by IRS Section 1.170 and 20.2031 (b) as “the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” According to Technical Advisory Memorandum 9235005 (May 27, 1992), fair market value should include the buyer’s premium. IRS Section 20.2031 (b) continues “the fair market value of an item of property includible in the decedents’ gross estate is not to be determined by a forced sale price. Nor is the fair market value of an item of property to be determined by the sale price of that item in a market other than that in which such item is commonly appropriate. Thus. in the case of an item of property includible in the decedent’s gross estate which is generally obtained by the public in the retail market, the fair market value of such an item of property is the price at which the item or a comparable item would be sold at retail.” (Treasury Regulation Section 1.170A –13) (3) (1988) it should be noted that the IRS has changed the definition slightly in various sections of the Revenue Code and other printed literature. In addition, Pamphlet 561 has also added the following to the definition: “If you put a restriction on the use of property you donate, the FMV must reflect that restriction.”  
 
FORCED LIQUIDATION VALUE (FLV): This is the lowest range “NET” value, usually for a quick and forced sale purpose. It is defined as “the most probable price in terms of cash, or other precisely revealed terms, for which the property would change hands if sold immediately, without regard to the relevant market place. 
 
HYPOTHETICAL CONDITIONS: According to USPAP, the definition of a hypothetical condition is that which is contrary to what exists but is supposed for the purpose of analysis. Hypothetical conditions assume conditions contrary to known facts about physical, legal or economic characteristics of the subject property or about conditions external to the property such as market conditions or trends or about the integrity of data used in an analysis. Appraisals of damaged objects or appraisals done from a photograph used hypothetical conditions. A hypothetical condition may be used in an assignment only if 1) the use of the hypothetical condition is clearly required for legal purposes, for purposes of reasonable analysis or for purposes of comparison; 2) the use of the hypothetical condition results in a credible analysis and 3) the appraiser complies with the disclosure requirements set forth in USPAP for hypothetical conditions. 
 
INHERENT VICE: Extreme conditions of temperature, light and humidity contribute to an object deteriorating or destroying itself. The resulting loss of value is caused by the inherent nature of the object rather than the result of an external cause or a casualty. 
 
LIQUIDATION VALUE: This value is based on the price realized in a sale situation under moderately forced or limiting conditions and under time constraints. This action may be initiated by the owner or a crediting institution. It is implicit in this definition that Liquidation Value will generally be lower than other types of valuation. 
 
MARKET VALUE (MV): This value is the most probable price at which a property would sell in a competitive and open mark etplace where the sale needs to be consummated within a specified time frame and neither the buyer nor the seller are under a compulsion to buy or sell. In addition, the object to be sold needs to have had sufficient market exposure for a reasonable amount of time and payment is made in terms of cash in American dollars or comparable financial arrangements are made. This term is essentially the same as fair market value except this term does not have the provision stating that there is no compulsion to buy or sell within a specified period of time. USPAP cautions appraisers to identify the exact definition of market value and its authority applicable in each appraisal completed for the purpose of market value. 
 
MARKETABLE CASH VALUE (MCV): This is a net value usually for equitable distribution, resale or estate planning purposes. The value realized, net of expenses, by a willing seller disposing of property in a competitive and open market to a willing buyer, both being reasonably knowledgeable of all relevant facts, and neither being under constraint to buy or sell. Marketable cash value takes into consideration insurance, dealer commissions, advertising, travel and shipping expenses that may be involved in the sale.  Implicit in this definition is that a sale takes place within an agreed upon time period with a specified method of payment and that the sale take place in the best available marketplace and that sufficient time is allowed to advertise the property properly. This term is usually for equitable distribution, when tangible property may be exchanged for cash or other financial arrangements or resale or estate planning purposes. 
MEDIUM: There are at least four definitions of this term:  
1.) The material the item is made from or the art is produced upon and may include white or black paper, canvas, board, cel (acetate), sculptures;  
2.) The specific tool and material used by an artist, e.g., brush and oil paint, chisel and stone;  
3.) The mode of expression used by the artist, e.g., painting sculpture, the graphic arts;  
4.) A liquid that may be added to a paint to increase its manipulability without decreasing its adhesive, binding or film forming properties. 
NO COMMERCIAL VALUE (NCV): This usually refers to an object, a group of objects for which it is not reasonable to assign a monetary value, usually in estate situations and this might include the mattress and box spring. 
 
PRIMARY MARKET: The primary market is one created either by the maker or agent of the maker when an object is sold for the first time, usually in galleries or stores. The secondary market is the venue for the sale of an object between a seller and a buyer with neither of having participated in the creation or initial sale of the object. In the instance of multiples, a valid secondary market cannot exist while the maker or his agent retains a supply of the original offering. 
 
RETAIL REPLACEMENT VALUE (RRV): This is the highest value, usually for insurance purposes and is defined as the highest amount in terms of US dollars that would be required to replace a property with another of similar age, quality, origin, appearance, provenance and condition within a reasonable length of time in an appropriate and relevant market. When applicable, sales and or import tax, commissions and or premiums are included in this amount. 
 
RETAIL VALUE: Used to establish a price guideline for retail pricing, the appraised retail value is derived from retail replacement value. It is defined as a reasonable amount in terms of US dollars that would be required to purchase a property of similar age, quality, origin, appearance, provenance and condition with a reasonable length of time in an appropriate and relevant market. Unlike retail replacement value, retail values do not include any fees or additional costs such as taxes, framing, conservation, restoration and additional commissions. 
 
 
 

 

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