Learn how to appraise 7 different commercial property types.

Plus grow your business by becoming an expert witness.

For Certified General appraisers, and residential appraisers who would like to grow their commercial property knowledge, we offer some of the most popular courses in the market today. Grow your skills in 8 distinct areas, while earning Commercial CE credit.

Commercial Appraisal Courses

Advanced Hotel Appraising - Full Service Hotels

Advanced Hotel Appraising - Full Service Hotels

With the current ups and downs of the U.S. economy, hotels are experiencing a fluctuation of occupancies, room rates, and profits. These are challenging times for real estate appraisers, particularly those who wish to branch out into the specialty of full-service hotel appraisals. In order to develop accurate and realistic assessments of value on full-service hotel properties, the appraiser must be able to apply the most effective valuation methods and be knowledgeable of hotel operations. This course was developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wishes to enter the field of full-service hotel appraisals. Your instructor will provide you with a solid foundation in the hotel market by exploring the factors that influence supply and demand, in addition to the sales comparison approach and the income approach. 

This course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach, including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of full-service hotel appraisal.
With the current ups and downs of the U.S. economy, hotels are experiencing a fluctuation of occupancies, room rates, and profits. These are challenging times for real estate appraisers, particularly those who wish to branch out into the specialty of full-service hotel appraisals. In order to develop accurate and realistic assessments of value on full-service hotel properties, the appraiser must be able to apply the most effective valuation methods and be knowledgeable of hotel operations. This course was developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wishes to enter the field of full-service hotel appraisals. Your instructor will provide you with a solid foundation in the hotel market by exploring the factors that influence supply and demand, in addition to the sales comparison approach and the income approach. 

This course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach, including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of full-service hotel appraisal.
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Appraisal of Assisted Living Facilities

Appraisal of Assisted Living Facilities

This course is developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wants to branch out into the specialty of appraising existing assisted living facilities. The initial chapters give the appraiser a foundation in the assisted living market and explore the factors that influence supply and demand. The Sales Comparison Approach material addresses how the adjustments are unique to assisted living or adapted to assisted living. 

The two Income Approach chapters familiarize the appraiser with the estimation of income, expenses, and capital expenditures specific to assisted living facilities and applying the Income Approach to both stabilized and un-stabilized assisted living facilities. 

The course assumes that the student appraiser has training and working knowledge in the Sales Comparison Approach and the Income Approach, including Discounted Cash Flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of assisted living facility appraisal.
This course is developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wants to branch out into the specialty of appraising existing assisted living facilities. The initial chapters give the appraiser a foundation in the assisted living market and explore the factors that influence supply and demand. The Sales Comparison Approach material addresses how the adjustments are unique to assisted living or adapted to assisted living. 

The two Income Approach chapters familiarize the appraiser with the estimation of income, expenses, and capital expenditures specific to assisted living facilities and applying the Income Approach to both stabilized and un-stabilized assisted living facilities. 

The course assumes that the student appraiser has training and working knowledge in the Sales Comparison Approach and the Income Approach, including Discounted Cash Flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of assisted living facility appraisal.
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Appraisal of Fast Food Facilities

Appraisal of Fast Food Facilities

According to a recent Pew study, there are over 160,000 fast food restaurants in the United States. For commercial appraisers looking to branch out into this specialized area, this course reviews leased fee valuation, the sales comparison and income approach and the discounted cash flow analysis as they relate to appraising fast food restaurants. Given the immense popularity of fast food in the United States, it’s important for an appraiser to understand the unique aspects of these facilities, from their physical characteristics to the lease clauses influencing value. Additionally this course touches on fee simple value analysis and going concern value analysis for fast food restaurants. Course is iPad compatible - Calculator Recommended
According to a recent Pew study, there are over 160,000 fast food restaurants in the United States. For commercial appraisers looking to branch out into this specialized area, this course reviews leased fee valuation, the sales comparison and income approach and the discounted cash flow analysis as they relate to appraising fast food restaurants. Given the immense popularity of fast food in the United States, it’s important for an appraiser to understand the unique aspects of these facilities, from their physical characteristics to the lease clauses influencing value. Additionally this course touches on fee simple value analysis and going concern value analysis for fast food restaurants.
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Appraisal of Industrial Incubators

Appraisal of Industrial Incubators

Industrial incubators have existed for over two decades, but have only recently been recognized as a separate type of industrial property. Small industrial warehouse users have different needs and priorities that influence design and appraisal analysis. As a practicing appraiser, it is important that you are able to differentiate the industrial incubator category from other industrial property types so that you are able to select proper comparable properties and make appropriate valuation adjustments. 
Industrial incubators have existed for over two decades, but have only recently been recognized as a separate type of industrial property. Small industrial warehouse users have different needs and priorities that influence design and appraisal analysis. As a practicing appraiser, it is important that you are able to differentiate the industrial incubator category from other industrial property types so that you are able to select proper comparable properties and make appropriate valuation adjustments. 

This course is designed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wants to branch out into the specialty of industrial incubator facility appraisals. The course assumes that the student appraiser has already had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach, including discounted cash flow analysis, and ties that training to the specialty of industrial incubator facility appraisal. 

The initial chapters give the appraiser a foundation in the industrial incubator market and the factors that influence supply and demand. The sales comparison approach material addresses how some adjustments are unique to industrial incubators or adapted to industrial incubators. The two income approach chapters familiarize the appraiser with how to: (1) understand the estimation of income, expenses and capital expenditures specific to industrial incubators; and (2) apply the income approach to both stabilized and non-stabilized industrial incubator facilities.
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Appraisal of Land Subject to Ground Leases

Appraisal of Land Subject to Ground Leases

It's not news that one of the most sought after commodities on the real estate market is commercial property. While the more common type of commercial lease is for space within a retail or office building, ground leases present unique and mutually beneficial opportunities for both landowners and tenants. As a practicing appraiser, a thorough understanding of the multiple components of ground leases will give you a helpful edge when it comes to valuing commercial real estate, as well as provide you with tools to work with a wide variety of clients. This course will give the appraiser a foundation in the reasons why ground leases are used, how they are structured, and the unique challenges they pose. Additionally, this course will cover the primary physical characteristics and lease clauses that influence the value of ground property. 
The course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis, and ties that training to the specialty of ground leased land appraisal.
It's not news that one of the most sought after commodities on the real estate market is commercial property. While the more common type of commercial lease is for space within a retail or office building, ground leases present unique and mutually beneficial opportunities for both landowners and tenants. As a practicing appraiser, a thorough understanding of the multiple components of ground leases will give you a helpful edge when it comes to valuing commercial real estate, as well as provide you with tools to work with a wide variety of clients. This course will give the appraiser a foundation in the reasons why ground leases are used, how they are structured, and the unique challenges they pose. Additionally, this course will cover the primary physical characteristics and lease clauses that influence the value of ground property. 
The course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis, and ties that training to the specialty of ground leased land appraisal.
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Appraisal of Owner-Occupied Commercial Properties

Appraisal of Owner-Occupied Commercial Properties

This course is developed specifically for the commercial appraiser. This is believed to be the first course for appraisers which has focused on appraisal of owner occupied commercial properties. For many categories of commercial properties, there are substantial percentages of properties that are either 100% owner-occupied, partially owner-occupied or subject to a lease between related entities under the same owners. Virtually every appraiser will be called upon to appraise such properties on multiple occasions. Many questions arise with appraisal of owner-occupied properties that do not come up with investor-owned properties. 

The course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. The initial chapter gives the appraiser a foundation in how owner-occupied properties are appraised. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 help the appraiser understand the special features and characteristics that bring value to owner-occupied industrial warehouses, restaurants and office buildings.
This course is developed specifically for the commercial appraiser. This is believed to be the first course for appraisers which has focused on appraisal of owner occupied commercial properties. For many categories of commercial properties, there are substantial percentages of properties that are either 100% owner-occupied, partially owner-occupied or subject to a lease between related entities under the same owners. Virtually every appraiser will be called upon to appraise such properties on multiple occasions. Many questions arise with appraisal of owner-occupied properties that do not come up with investor-owned properties. 

The course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. The initial chapter gives the appraiser a foundation in how owner-occupied properties are appraised. Chapters 2, 3 and 4 help the appraiser understand the special features and characteristics that bring value to owner-occupied industrial warehouses, restaurants and office buildings.
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Appraisal of Self-Storage Facilities

Appraisal of Self-Storage Facilities

In recent years, the self-storage branch of the real estate industry has become a burgeoning market for practicing commercial appraisers. Familiarity with the ins and outs of self-storage appraisals is beneficial, particularly as knowledge of this specialized market will attract a wide range of investors and clients alike. Your instructor, Tracy Martin, will provide instruction on this continuously growing market by introducing you to the fundamentals of self-storage facility appraisal. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Reccomended

In recent years, the self-storage branch of the real estate industry has become a burgeoning market for practicing commercial appraisers. Familiarity with the ins and outs of self-storage appraisals is beneficial, particularly as knowledge of this specialized market will attract a wide range of investors and clients alike. Your instructor, Tracy Martin, will provide instruction on this continuously growing market by introducing you to the fundamentals of self-storage facility appraisal.

The course assumes that the student is already familiar with the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. Your instructor will tie this training to the information on the specialty of self-storage facility appraisal.

In this course, you will learn:

  • The customers and demand drivers for the self-storage industry
  • How to recognize the key elements of facility design that differentiate self-storage facilities and determine quality and value
  • The difference between physical occupancy and economic occupancy and the impact of rental discounts
  • The revenue sources and expense line items specific to self-storage facilities

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Appraisal of Single Tenant Distribution Centers

Appraisal of Single Tenant Distribution Centers

This course is developed specifically for commercial appraisers who want to branch out into the specialty of distribution center appraisals. Distribution centers are a very new type of distribution warehouse designed specifically for high velocity distribution to e-commerce customers. The course assumes that you have had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of distribution center appraisal.

The initial chapters provide a foundation in the reasons why distribution centers are in demand, how they are constructed and the unique challenges they pose for appraisals. The primary physical characteristics and lease clauses influencing value are described. The sales comparison approach material addresses how adjustments are addressed and adapted to leased fee value analysis. The income approach chapters familiarizes you with how to apply both direct capitalization and discounted cash flow analysis to valuing the leased fee interest. Additional material is included to give you an introduction to fee simple value analysis for a distribution center. Depending on a client’s needs you may encounter either of these two types of assignments.

This course is developed specifically for commercial appraisers who want to branch out into the specialty of distribution center appraisals. Distribution centers are a very new type of distribution warehouse designed specifically for high velocity distribution to e-commerce customers. The course assumes that you have had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of distribution center appraisal.

The initial chapters provide a foundation in the reasons why distribution centers are in demand, how they are constructed and the unique challenges they pose for appraisals. The primary physical characteristics and lease clauses influencing value are described. The sales comparison approach material addresses how adjustments are addressed and adapted to leased fee value analysis. The income approach chapters familiarizes you with how to apply both direct capitalization and discounted cash flow analysis to valuing the leased fee interest. Additional material is included to give you an introduction to fee simple value analysis for a distribution center. Depending on a client’s needs you may encounter either of these two types of assignments.

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Appraising Small Apartment Properties

Appraising Small Apartment Properties

This course identifies the unique attributes of apartment complexes and their associated three markets: apartment properties that are bought and sold, vacant sites and the associated rental market. While the skills learned in this course will be applicable to a variety of apartment properties, it is geared towards small apartment complexes, or those between 5 to 20 units. Course also contains contemporary statistical analysis techniques as well as traditional methods of valuation, in addition to a real world case study and several "Deeper Thinking" topics.
This course identifies the unique attributes of apartment complexes and their associated three markets: apartment properties that are bought and sold, vacant sites and the associated rental market. While the skills learned in this course will be applicable to a variety of apartment properties, it is geared towards small apartment complexes, or those between 5 to 20 units. Course also contains contemporary statistical analysis techniques as well as traditional methods of valuation, in addition to a real world case study and several "Deeper Thinking" topics.
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Basic Hotel Appraising - Limited Service Hotels

Basic Hotel Appraising - Limited Service Hotels

This course was developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wants to branch out into the specialty of limited-service hotel appraisals. It is the starting course for hotel appraisers. The course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of limited-service hotel appraisal. 

The initial chapters give the appraiser a foundation in the hotel market and the factors that influence supply and demand. The sales comparison approach material addressed how some adjustments are unique to hotels or adapted to hotels. The two income approach chapters familiarize the appraiser with how to: (1) To understand the estimation of income, expenses and capital expenditures specific to limited-service hotels and (2) To apply the income approach to both stabilized and un-stabilized limited-service hotels as well as those requiring renovation.
This course was developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wants to branch out into the specialty of limited-service hotel appraisals. It is the starting course for hotel appraisers. The course assumes that the student appraiser has had training on the sales comparison approach and the income approach including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of limited-service hotel appraisal. 

The initial chapters give the appraiser a foundation in the hotel market and the factors that influence supply and demand. The sales comparison approach material addressed how some adjustments are unique to hotels or adapted to hotels. The two income approach chapters familiarize the appraiser with how to: (1) To understand the estimation of income, expenses and capital expenditures specific to limited-service hotels and (2) To apply the income approach to both stabilized and un-stabilized limited-service hotels as well as those requiring renovation.
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Expert Witness for Commercial Appraisers

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Expert Witness for Commercial Appraisers

If you were called to testify as an expert witness in a court case, would you know what to do? Effective appraisal for litigation requires high levels of experience, competence, and market knowledge. This course is designed to provide the practicing real estate appraiser with an understanding of the opportunities available in litigation support assignments and will outline the various options appraisers have to expand their appraisal practice to include financially rewarding litigation support services. Additionally, this course will supply the background for the appraiser to provide a work product and testimony, provide information about the structure of a civil trial, the rules of evidence, and USPAP requirements, and explore the mechanics of a civil trial.
If you were called to testify as an expert witness in a court case, would you know what to do? Effective appraisal for litigation requires high levels of experience, competence, and market knowledge. This course is designed to provide the practicing real estate appraiser with an understanding of the opportunities available in litigation support assignments and will outline the various options appraisers have to expand their appraisal practice to include financially rewarding litigation support services. Additionally, this course will supply the background for the appraiser to provide a work product and testimony, provide information about the structure of a civil trial, the rules of evidence, and USPAP requirements, and explore the mechanics of a civil trial. 
In addition to the end-of-chapter quizzes and final exam, this course contains incremental mini-quizzes that will test the knowledge of the material throughout each chapter. The mini-quizzes will help prepare you for not only the end-of-chapter quiz, but also for the cumulative online final exam at the end of the course.
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