Appraisal & Consulting

Housing crisis: Not entirely, and not without solution - by Daniel Calano

Headlines abound regarding rising mortgage rates and the housing crisis: “Fed pursues house demand destruction by increasing mortgage rates”; NPR headlines “massive housing shortage;” “Housing crisis and homelessness

Determining the highest and best use - by David Kirk

The dramatic changes in a vibrant labor force are impacting just as dramatically the built environment. For any development, investment or speculation, determining the highest and best use (H&B) is first and the ongoing analysis. The appraisal process describes a 3 or 4 step process.

The annual fall checkup - by Bill Pastuszek

Some items worth thinking about. There are a lot of questions asked here. Many of the answers may not be yes or no response but may have a lot of “it depends….” Housing. The housing markets seem to be in some disarray. It’s a bit amazing to see how the price of debt drives

Residential market: Times are a changing! - by Marc Nadeau

The residential market in New England, and much of the country for that matter has seen the highest level of both activity and increases in prices in decades. The past two years have been somewhat blinding in terms of both pace and market appreciation.

Lower housing costs? Yes, but hard to take advantage - by Daniel Calano

Not again! What? Another inflation story? Fed raising interest rates? This saga is slowly evolving, perhaps to a close, but not at all over. It’s worth keeping up with, since the Fed is dead serious about crushing inflation and is having some real success.

Climate change and compliance - David Kirk

Net Zero Emissions zoning and building codes are proposed in (several) major metropolitan jurisdictions. The implications for infrastructure, the grid and power production, are calculable if not complete. The public private partnership (PPP) for climate change is being expanded

Things that appraisers do right - by Bill Pastuszek

Appraisers have been under some heat in the recent past. And, the heat, if this summer is any predictor, is not likely over. But today we’re going to focus on something more useful – things that appraisers do well.

Workplace culture: Impacts on office use - by Daniel Calano

The discussion of office work vs. hybrid work, is not new, but has been accelerated since the beginning of the pandemic. It has been debated in studies and news, seemingly forever. The difference now is that it is not just talk… hybrid is mandatory

Done deal: Enough reasons to invest, develop and expand - by David Kirk

Not so fast. Inflation, hybridization, recovery, recession, COVID, credit crunch. All works in progress. Evolution, revolution, innovation. The deal has not yet gone down. Both upside and downside risks, that balance, for many, establish a stability with

Summertime: Is the living easy? - by Bill Pastuszek

It’s the middle of the summer. A bit of a drought here in Mass. Some heat in the last couple of weeks but considering that one could have been in Paris in July or Phoenix almost any time, it hasn’t been too bad.