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A Consistent Commitment to Success: The Valbridge Difference

Valbridge is different from the competition. We strive for a commitment to excellence in the real estate valuation industry

By: Jessi Minneci

At Valbridge Property Advisors, we’re different from the competition.

Sure, we can tell you that, but how do you know it’s true? At Valbridge, we pride ourselves on delivering consistent, positive experiences with our clients. We provide independent valuations and advise clients on real estate investment decisions, including buy-sell-hold and lease-own alternatives; and have been doing so for years on end.

We’re proud to stand by the fact that clients across the nation benefit from our collective strength, with more than 675 staff in 72 office locations, and our dedication to elevating appraisal industry standards for long-term and trusted accuracy, integrity, reporting, technology and data.

At Valbridge, we admit that our professionals can't tell the future. Still, we’re trusted by clients to provide independent valuations and powerful insights for better business. And that’s exactly what we do.

At Valbridge Property Advisors, we’re different from the competition, and we’re here to help you understand how.

Understanding industry trends & firm responses

With such a mobile industry that’s always evolving and adapting to changing market standards, consistency is tough to come by in the commercial property advisement field. Oftentimes, big name valuation companies have to make considerable changes to keep up with the demands of the industry. Let’s take a closer look at some of the more recent industry trends.

A look into real estate future

Within just the next two years (by 2020), experts believe that investable real estate will have grown by more than 55 percent compared to 2012. The global investable real estate universe is expanding substantially, leading to a huge growth in opportunity, especially in emerging economies. And for property investors.

"Thinking global" is a significant trend in the real estate world, and it's important for property advisors and real estate alike to also understand risks and evolutions that go hand in hand with such a diverse market. It goes without saying, too, that there's new laws and regulations with which advisors need to be comfortable.

At Valbridge, we’ve noticed that many names in the industry are increasingly looking to sell to the highest bidder or be acquired. These moves have marked pivotal moments in the property advising industry. And while we at Valbridge commend the decision by our fellow industry leaders to restructure and reform in the hope of continued success, we also know of the added challenge such changes put on being able to become accustomed to the already pivoting market. That’s why we are proud that we are still standing tall through it all.

Internal restructuring

Introducing new partnerships

To keep up with the demands of the real estate valuation market, firms often feel the need to create new partnerships and to extend their roots in all directions possible – thus possibly expanding at a seemingly-fast rate.

While there’s nothing wrong with that at all, oftentimes, companies run the risk of disconnecting from their clients by constantly adding new faces, firms, and processes into the equation. If the goal is consistency, firms run the risk of achieving the opposite with all of these moving parts.

What has Valbridge been up to?

May of this year was our Fifth Birthday. In addition to being the youngest firm in North America, we also boast a large youthful team in what has grown into the Largest Independent valuation firm in North America.

Over the course of the last five years, Valbridge has been busy working on internal success strategies and processes, custom valuation solutions for our clients and enhancements to Datappraise, our flagship software system. Surely and steadily, our offices have continued to grow and remain solid and prosperous in the commercial real estate advising field.

In all honesty, we’re pretty proud that we haven’t been able to boast about any mergers – we remain the same trusted team that our clients know, love, and rely on for excellence. Instead of adding in new dynamics, we’ve been working on strengthening our existing processes. In fact, our latest news headlines include:

And those are only a few of the most recent Valbridge ventures! For a complete look into what we’ve been up to as a growing and prospering firm, click here.

You see, we at Valbridge place a stronger importance on the advancement of our established company rather than always looking to grow in areas that don’t even present a strong foundation.

Every Valbridge office is managed by an appraiser who holds the MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute. The MAI designation signifies deep experience in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties. At Valbridge, we have over 200 MAI appraisers on staff!

Additionally, we maintain our own organizational peer review process to ensure that property appraisals and evaluations meet consistent company standards for quality and reporting. Comprised of the industry’s "who's who", the five panel team works to maintain quality throughout all of our offices, enhancing the client experience. Our quality control panel consists of the following industry experts: Bruce Jolicoeur, MAI (past BOD Appraisal Institute) Stephen C. Walton, MAI, CCIM (Oklahoma RE Appraisers Board) Christopher D. Donato, MAI, CCIM (South Carolina RE Appraisers Board) Arthur Schwertz, MAI (BOD VPA, Past President Louisiana Chapter of the Appraisal Institute) and Walter D. Carney, MAI (American Bar Association, IRWA).

Because at Valbridge, we're different from the competition; and we know what really counts when it comes to honest success and a strong commitment to excellence for our clients. Contact Valbridge today and experience the difference for yourself.