VALBRIDGE ON ASSIGNMENT
- Valued a portfolio of 22 investment-grade office and R&D properties for a major university endowment undergoing an audit. Five Valbridge offices in multiple states did the work. READ MORE
- Appraised an apartment portfolio including 7,200 units in 37 communities. We were hired by a fractional-interest owner concerned about estate issues. READ MORE
“The food here is amazing!” as one of the many national and international awards bestowed on local restaurants and restaurateurs proclaims. Lowcountry Cuisine’s popularity has exploded over the past few years, and the area now boasts multiple James Beard winners for both chefs and restaurants.
Valbridge is a market leader, too, and has been in Charleston for over 27 years. We’ve been fortunate to see this growth take place, and had the privilege to appraise many of the area’s fine restaurants, including The Ordinary and Fish.
Valbridge is a market leader in Charlotte, where we’ve provided commercial real estate valuations since 1993. Our firm began as John Bosworth & Associates.
Recently, we appraised the Corning Fiber Optics Manufacturing Plant located in Cabarrus County. This 1,000,000+ SF facility posed several significant valuation challenges reflecting its super-adequate construction characteristics.
There’s substantial activity in Charlotte’s multifamily market, with over 15,000 units under construction or proposed. New development of free-standing retail and neighborhood centers also is on the uptick. Overall, the market for investment-grade properties has improved, resulting in a downward trend in cap rates.
Leaders of Valbridge’s Cleveland-area practice have been appraising commercial properties in the market since 1992.
Multiple times in the past 10 years, we’ve testified before the tax appeals board in Cuyahoga County. Recently, our work on behalf of a corporate headquarters owner in Broadview Heights produced tax savings of more than $100,000.
Among our other valuation assignments: a five-property portfolio of flex-industrial buildings for a lender, land to substantiate a gift for IRS tax credit, a downtown office building for estate planning purposes, and a leased restaurant property for a mortgage refinance.
Valbridge’s history in Boulder and Denver dates back to 1959. Our current practice leaders, Burton Lee and Marty Ward, were grade school friends.
In addition to providing valuation and advisory services for industrial, office, retail and multifamily buildings including affordable housing tax-credit properties, Valbridge has a reputation for the unusual. We have appraised ranches, camps and telecom towers. Now under evaluation: a multi-sports entertainment complex with indoor soccer fields, an ice hockey rink and a rollerblading rink.
Across Denver and Boulder, which are high-tech hubs, new construction of smaller, owner-occupied office and industrial buildings continues.
Valbridge is one of the most active real estate valuation and advisory firms in upstate South Carolina, where we have provided service since 1920.
Greenville is emerging as an auto industry center with the new 1,150-acre BMW manufacturing facility, Michelin North America, and one of the nation’s only graduate programs in automotive engineering at Clemson University.
The area’s manufacturing sector largely has recovered from the recession, with vacancies at less than 10% and rental rates on the rise. Recent industrial development includes an intermodal hub at the Greenville/Spartanburg International Airport that connects to the Port of Charleston.
Valbridge reigns in Houston, where we have provided independent real estate valuations since 1983.
Our Houston office performs valuations and market studies for more than 160 multifamily properties annually. We’re now appraising 42 skilled nursing facilities statewide for a national mortgage firm. Other assignments include some of the premier regional golf clubs: Black Horse, Redstone and Shadowhawk, all 36-hole developments.
Spurred by the energy sector and activity at the port, the Houston economy is creating jobs, according to the Texas Employment Commission, which bodes well for real estate demand.
2013 is the 25th anniversary year for the Valbridge office in Indianapolis. The predecessor firm was founded by Bonnie Mitchell, the first woman to be designated an MAI in Indiana.
Like the Indy 500, Indianapolis delivers a winning performance. Most new development is in the owner-occupied office, retail and residential subdivision sectors. Multifamily investment remains strong.
Our recent assignments include a 280,000 SF Indianapolis Star facility downtown that is being sold and converted to retail and apartments, and a portfolio of 20 apartment communities for an out-of-state owner’s tax assessment appeal.
Valbridge is Kansas City’s largest commercial real estate appraisal firm, where we’ve done business since 1978. We have five MAIs on staff, including three past presidents of the Kansas City Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
Signature assignments include the world’s largest underground storage complex (5,000,000+ SF), the Kansas City Power and Light entertainment district, the largest office building in the metro area, a corridor of over 900 miles, and litigation support on a project with more than 2,000 parcels.
With active commercial development beginning again, the market is poised for growth.
For more than 20 years the leaders of our regional office have served Memphis and the Mid-South region. Today, Valbridge is one of the largest independent commercial appraisal firms in the Memphis area.
In addition to office, industrial and retail, we have specialists in religious facilities, self-storage, hotel/motel, multifamily, single and multi-tenant investment property, car washes, medical buildings and more.
Well-located properties in the Memphis area have recovered substantially from the Great Recession. We observed an increase in buying and leasing activity in 2013, with an emphasis on industrial, multifamily and retail. Office leasing has improved in primary submarkets. We expect positive trends to continue into 2014.
Spurred by successful efforts to attract industry and positive job growth statewide, Michigan’s recovery continues.
Valbridge serves the state’s commercial property markets from a central location in close proximity to 90% of the population. Our presence in Michigan dates back more than 25 years.
Recent valuation assignments include a 289,255 SF medical office and health club facility and a 394,501 SF downtown mixed-use development integrating hotel, retail, office, residential and parking uses within a multi-building complex.
Valbridge is a market leader in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, where we’ve provided independent real estate valuations since 1987.
Recent assignments include helping an international corporation make asset-allocation decisions in conjunction with the purchase of a large coal terminal, valuing a portfolio of four shipyards, and appraisal review for the State of Louisiana’s acquisition of sites for a new $2 billion+ LSU/VA Medical Complex.
Rebuilding activity following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has mitigated the impact of the national recession on the local economy.
From Anaheim to Irvine to Newport Beach, Valbridge has Orange County covered. Our team has been in the market since 1983.
We provide valuation and advisory services with an emphasis on office, medical and industrial properties. We also publish expense guideline reports for these product types, tracking taxes and insurance, utility, maintenance and management costs so investors can assess their properties’ performance compared with the market or pro-forma a property for potential purchase.
As Southern California markets continue to recover, we are seeing expenses rise along with occupancy and rents.
Valbridge is a market leader in Orlando, where we’ve provided independent real estate valuations since 1991. Our local roots can be traced to the legendary appraisal firm Pardue, Heid, Church, Smith & Waller, which was one of the largest independent appraisal firms in the U.S.
Recent assignments include a variety of lodging and hospitality properties, restaurants and other commercial and multifamily real estate assets.
Orlando’s retail and industrial markets are strengthening, along with the residential market, as more Baby Boomers migrate to Central Florida.
The leaders of the Valbridge office in Philadelphia have been providing real estate counseling, appraisal and litigation support services for 40+ years. Reaves C. Lukens, Jr., the senior managing director, is a valuation icon in Philadelphia, referred to as the “Dean of Real Estate” by many.
The firm has been heavily engaged in Philadelphia’s “Actual Value Initiative,” the first citywide reassessment in over 30 years. At the same time, we undertake a myriad of assignments for all types of commercial, multifamily and industrial properties.
Philadelphia is seeing strong activity in single and multifamily residential development, spurred in part by suburbanites moving back to the CBD and the city’s 10-year real estate tax abatement program.
Valbridge has been providing independent valuation and advisory services in Arizona since 1986.
Our recent assignments include appraising two 1MM+ SF manufacturing facilities for owners challenging property tax assessments, 15 multifamily properties for an estate, and valuation and advisory for repurposing nine closed elementary schools.
Real estate market activity in Phoenix is driven by expected job growth of more than 40,000 in 2013. Retail and industrial vacancies have declined to under 12%. Multifamily development and investment is active.
In Tucson, significant private investment in mixed-use is under way in the CBD. Apartment development is active.
Valbridge is one of Richmond’s largest commercial real estate valuation and consulting firms, with a presence in the market since 2002.
Our office specializes in all facets of real estate valuation, including industrial, multifamily, office, retail and residential subdivisions. Among our recent assignments: the MeadWestvaco Headquarters, Westchester Commons, Towne Center West, Regency Square Mall and the Markel Building.
A city with abundant history, Richmond is the capital of Virginia. The economy largely is driven by finance and government, and is positioned to benefit from upside in the commercial market.
Housing market recovery is under way in California’s capital city as government hiring ticks up and regional healthcare providers gear up to serve new markets created by the federal Affordable Care Act.
On the commercial side, Valbridge sees tenant improvements and the pace of building sales picking up.
Our professionals have provided independent valuation and advisory services in the market since 1990, serving all property types.
Among our recent multifamily assignments: Oak Creek in Citrus Heights, Lake Point in Elk Grove and Park Ridge in Rohnert Park.
San Francisco Bay Area
The San Francisco Bay Area region continues to outpace the state and nation in job growth. Most areas have recovered the jobs lost during the Great Recession.
The rebound is driven by the tech sector, but consumers now are doing their part.
Class A offices on the Peninsula, north to SF, are especially strong. Small offices, older retail and industrial haven’t shared fully in the recovery. However, for investment-grade properties improved economics and low interest rates are driving the market, with cap rates at historic lows.
Valbridge offices in the SF Bay Area continue to watch for any shift in values.
Valbridge Property Advisors’ history in the Puget Sound region dates back to 1983.
We serve a wide variety of public and private-sector clients, providing all manner of valuation and advisory services including litigation support.
Recent assignments include working with the regional light rail agency to acquire property and easements for new mass transit infrastructure, appraising the 40-mile Eastside Rail Corridor for the local port in its acquisition of land from BNSF, and valuing a conservation easement for an 85,000-acre forest intended for preservation.
The Tampa Bay area is a vibrant market with diverse physical and economic characteristics. Valbridge has deep roots in the region, with the experience and local knowledge necessary to tackle the challenges of valuation issues specific to our area.
We provide valuation and consulting services for all commercial property types as well as specialized properties such as subdivisions, golf courses, marinas, mixed-use, hotel/lodging, and luxury and resort condominiums.
Regional clients also seek our expertise in eminent domain, commercial litigation, estates, REO assets, wetlands, partial interests, corridor studies, cost estimates, insurable value and appraisal review.
NEWS & VIEWS
Valbridge’s Merrill Swanson Elected Officer of Appraisers Society1 December 2013
Merrill Swanson, ARA, senior managing director of Valbridge Property Advisors | Dugger, Canaday, Grafe (San Antonio), has been elected First Vice President of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. Members complete more than 175,000 appraisals a year on 30 million acres of land and agribusinesses.
An active appraiser since 1989, Swanson’s experience includes grain handling and drying facilities, fertilizer plants, cotton gins, large wholesale plant nurseries, cattle feedlots, and horse breeding and training operations.READ MORE
Valbridge's Greenville Office Forms Cycling Team to Ride for Charity26 November 2013
The Greenville, S.C. office of Valbridge Property Advisors | Robinson Company has formed a local cycling team. Partnered with KDS Commercial Properties, a brokerage firm, the team rides to benefit Meals on Wheels Greenville, which delivers 400,000+ meals each year to needy upstate residents.
Recently, the team rode in George Hincapie’s second annual Gran Fondo Hincapie. A recently retired professional cyclist, Hincapie lives in Greenville and is a local celebrity having ridden in a record 17 Tour de France races. The Gran Fondo Hincapie attracted more than 1,500 professional and amateur riders from all around the world, with Wheels for Meals Greenville as the main beneficiary.READ MORE
About Valbridge Property Advisors
Valbridge Property Advisors, based in Naples, Fla., is one of the largest commercial property valuation and advisory services firms in the U.S., with 157 MAIs, 58 office locations and 600 staff across the nation. Valbridge provides independent appraisal services consistent with the highest industry standards of practice. Each Valbridge office is led by an appraiser who holds the MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute.
Valbridge is expanding in the U.S. and internationally. Real estate valuation services firms interested in participation opportunities should contact the company.