BA 4836 & BA 5836 – Real Estate Finance
Solutions to Questions - Chapter 7
Single Family Housing:
Pricing, Investment and Tax Considerations
Why is the income approach to value often difficult to use on a single family residential appraisal?
Typically, the income approach is difficult to use because the sale of single family, rental properties are rare in the
What are the differences between the cost and sales comparison approaches to appraising property?
When using the market approach, the appraiser estimates the value of a property by comparing the selling prices of
properties similar to, and near, the property being appraised.
Because no two properties are exactly alike, the values
of similar properties are adjusted by the appraiser for dissimilarities.
When using the cost approach, the appraiser
established a value for the site on which the improvement is located, then determines the cost of reproducing the
improvements and adds the two.
After the costs of the improvement and land value are added, the appraiser deducts
an amount for any depreciation that improvements have suffered since they were constructed.
What are the capital gains rules as applied to residential property owners?
For sales of personal residence a homeowner may exclude from income $250,000 of gain, and a married couple may
exclude up to $500,000 of gain realized on the sale.
Individual must have owned and used the home as a principal residence for at least two of the five years prior to
the sale (the two years do not have to be consecutive).
Exclusion applies to only one
sale every two
List four important drivers of housing demand and price appreciation.
Population growth, income, households, price of rental housing
What are public goods?
How may they be reflected in house prices?
Public goods include education, police, fire, health and other services provided by the local public sector.
extent the quality/value of these services provided to homeowners exceed the cost (taxes, fees), paid, a net benefit is
thought to exist.
This net benefit is generally reflected in land/property prices.
When considering an investment in “distressed” properties, what are the most important area of research that should