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  • Marc Turner

Mastering Property Valuation in the UK: Essential Insights for Investors and Homeowners

The UK property market offers diverse opportunities but also presents unique challenges. Understanding how properties are appraised can be the key to successfully navigating this complex landscape. Below, we explore the various property valuation methods used in the UK, which are detailed for both commercial and residential sectors, as well as trading businesses and development projects.

Commercial Property Valuation

Open Market Value (OMV)

Commercial properties, especially those leased to reliable tenants such as national

chains, can accrue additional value. Factors affecting OMV include:

- Lease Terms: Longer leases without breaks, especially with strong tenants, can significantly increase a property value.

- Tenant Quality: Tenants financial strength and stability play a crucial role. A tenant like Tesco on a 15-year lease adds considerable value.

- Income Consistency: Properties with multiple tenants are evaluated on the stability and duration of their leases, the mix and quality of tenants, and how these elements impact the overall income generated, potentially increasing the property's worth over its vacant possession value.

Vacant Possession Value (VPV)

This valuation assumes the property is empty and assesses potential income based


- Comparable Rents and Sales: Surveyors compare similar properties

regarding rental rates and sales per square foot.

- Market Conditions and Incentives: The value may decrease if significant

incentives are needed to attract tenants or if the market is slow, extending the

time required to lease the property.


Residential Property Valuation

- Market Value: The most straightforward valuation, reflecting what a property would realistically

fetch in the open market, considering:

- Comparative Sales: Properties are compared to similar types nearby to establish a baseline value.

- Time Factors: Unlike commercial valuations, residential market values generally don't consider the urgency of sale unless under specific distress conditions.

Investment Value

Especially relevant for properties with multiple units or specific use cases like HMOs

(Houses in Multiple Occupation), this valuation is influenced by:

- Rental Yields: Calculated by dividing the annual rental income by the property's price, giving an income return rate.

-Investment Comparables: Surveyors look at similar properties sold under-investment conditions to gauge demand and price levels.


Property Valuation for Trading Businesses

Open Market Value (MV1) This considers:

- Business Viability: Properties that house viable businesses and include

goodwill and proven profitability, usually demonstrated through multiple years

of trading accounts, fetch higher market values.

- Goodwill: A business's intangible value, such as brand reputation and

customer loyalty, significantly impacts the property's overall value.

Open Market Value Closed (MV2)

Applicable when businesses are no longer operational or lack sufficient financial


- Projections and Fair Trade Estimates: Valuations are based on what an

experienced operator might realistically earn, using industry benchmarks and

similar business models.


Development Finance

Residual Land/Property Value (RLV)

Critical for development viability assessments, RLV considers:

- Cost and Profit Expectations: All projected development costs are considered, including potential profits, which typically aim for a 20% margin on smaller projects.

- Planning Permissions: Detailed or outlined planning permissions can significantly affect value.

Gross Development Value (GDV)

For projects nearing completion, GDV estimates:

- Sale Value of Units: The total expected sales value is at market rates upon completion.

- Market Comparables: Recent sales and listings of similar properties provide a benchmark for GDV calculations.


Key Considerations for Lenders

Lenders also factor in 'Day Value' and '180 Day Value' for risk assessment, reflecting different sales urgency scenarios and market conditions. These metrics help lenders understand potential recovery values in forced or quick sale scenarios.

Tips for Accurate Valuations

Effective valuation depends on detailed, accurate information:

- Local Comparisons: Gather data on recent sales and rentals in the area.

- Development Costs: Provide comprehensive breakdowns, including cash flow projections.

- Regulatory Compliance: Ensure all planning conditions and documentation are in order for the valuation process.

Understanding these detailed aspects of property valuation can significantly enhance

decision-making for anyone involved in the UK real estate market. Whether buying, selling,

or developing property, knowing about valuation methods will equip you to negotiate better

deals and anticipate market trends. Clever Commercial Finance can help clients navigate

these complexities with expert advice and tailored financial solutions. Our team of

experienced professionals understands the nuances of property valuation. It can provide

guidance to optimise your real estate investments, ensuring you make the most informed

decisions at every step of your property journey.


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