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Blog Posts in 2020

BUSINESS VALUATION DURING COVID

Even in "normal" times, business valuation is an exercise that is part quantitative and part qualitative. Only after years of practicing is the valuator competent enough to know which ...
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REAL ESTATE VALUES IN COVID ERA

How has COVID-19 impacted real property values? The rather "obvious" conclusion might be that value is depressed. No so fast. It depends on several factors, not all of which are obvious. The ...
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COST SEGREGATION - QUALIFIED IMPROVEMENT PROPERTY

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 contained an error. It did not allow for new tenant or interior improvements to be classed as 15-year property. Rather, these costs were removed from the 15-year ...
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WHEN IS DEBT NOT REALLY DEBT?

There are many forms of debt. In fact, other than common stock, all other forms of capital are basically debt. By definition, debt carries an interest component. Some debt interest is paid on a ...
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BUSINESS VALUE vs. UNDERLYING ASSETS

Can you value a business without appraising the underlying assts? The answer is yes. In fact, most business valuations are not all premised upon any specific asset values. Think of a business or ...
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TAX AFFECTING S CORPS

In the most recent gift tax case, the experts on both sides applied a C corporation tax rate to the companies S corporation earnings. Initially, the IRS (Kress v. U.S.) claimed that the taxpayers paid ...
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REAL ESTATE: DEALING WITH PROPERTY STIGMA

What is "stigma" relative to real estate and how can you deal with it? Stigma, usually expressed as an albatross on the property which lowers its value, is often the subject of a litigation ...
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BROKER OPINIONS OF REAL ESTATE VALUE

For the most part, broker opinions of real estate value can be useful as a gauge or to estimate a value range. But they rarely substitute for an actual appraisal At least some of the reasons for the ...
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WIDE VARIANCE IN DISCOUNT VALUATIONS

The public, including other savvy professional service providers, is acutely unaware of the difference discount valuation reports issues by supposedly competent valuators. For the most part, these ...
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