Steps taken to determine unique Property Values

  1. Research the market to obtain information pertaining to all possible market data, including sales, listings, pending sales and any other information, that is similar to the subject parcel.
  2. Investigate the market data to determine whether they are factually correct and accurate through the use of various private and public records and market participants.
  3. Determine the most relevant sales for comparison and develop a comparative analysis for each.  In some cases, there are no comparable sales, so other methods are used to establish value.
  4. Compare the land being appraised to comparable land sales according to the elements of comparison and adjust as appropriate, if possible.
  5. Reconcile the multiple value indications that result from the adjustment of the comparables into a single value indication.

How Unique VACANT Properties are valued?

         Appraisals of land are typically done on a land specific form in which the appraiser compares the subject lot against other parcels that have been determined to be the most similar to the subject in terms of site size, zoning, location and view. These comparable sales are typically chosen from a list of all lots that have sold within the past six months. 

If there are not any vacant land sales available within the subject’s immediate market area, then the appraiser must search outside of the immediate market area to locate other comparable sites or use abstraction methodology to determine the value of the land. The abstraction method is calculating the estimated value of other homes in the subject’s immediate market area and then deducting the cost to build the house, less depreciation. Once this is done, you are left with the land value.

Providing a quality appraisal for those unique properties

Our appraisal assignments over the years have included some very unique land uses and property types.  Our knowledge and experience in our market area, give us an edge that allows our firm to understand the clients needs and taylor the appraisal assignment specifically to the clients use.  Whether the use is for litigation, financing, partnership dissolution, estate planning, acquisition and sale, eminent domain, asset management and proposed construction, or feasibility analysis, we can provide the appropriate valuation.

From our Livermore and Discovery Bay locations, RAI serves a diverse client directed market accepting valuation assignments throughout Northern and Central California from attorneys, CPA's, government agencies, lenders, individuals and corporations. 

unique Properties

AreaS served

Unique Property Assignments-

  • Alameda County
  • Contra Costa County
  • Santa Clara County
  • San Joaquin County
  • Stanislaus County
  • Solano County
  • Napa County
  • San Mateo County
  • Marin County
  • Kern County
  • Yolo County
  • Sacramento County
  • Monterey County

UNique Properties


  • Partial Takings under Eminent Domain
  • Easement Valuation
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Concrete Batch Plants
  • Cold Storage Facilities
  • Gold Courses
  • Golf Driving Range
  • Open Space
  • Greenhouse Nursery
  • Conservation Easements
  • Agricultural/Open Space
  • Vineyards/Wineries
  • Assessment Appeals
  • Large Single Family Estate Homes
  • Equestrian Facilities
  • Single Resident Occupancy Hotels (SRO's)
  • Racetracks
  • Court Expert Witness

Providing Real Estate Appraisal and Valuation Services since 1967