Embassy Appraisal, Ambassador Residence Appraisal

Definition

Appraisals are often required by foreign governments in order to report the fair market value of their embassy and ambassador’s residences. These properties can be located in office buildings (office suites), stand-alone single-family residences, condominium complexes, or major corporate office complexes specially designed for the embassy (ie US Embassy Mexico City). This usually depends on the size of operations in the country, and how large the host country is. LOGAN has worked with the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland and other nations in the appraisals of their foreign state department holdings. These valuations have been written in English and Spanish when needed and follow RICS guidelines and may be signed by an MAI designated appraiser.

Types

– Embassy

– Ambassador’s Residence

– Employee’s Residences (Single Family Homes, Condos)

– Land holdings – usually held for future embassy construction or operations

Approaches, Relevance

Cost approach – due to special use and design of embassies and ambassador residences, the cost approach is more relevant.

Sales comp or market approach – sometimes difficult to find similar comparables – especially when the asset is a single-family home, as embassies usually own residences in in-fill locations where properties rarely trade. These ‘embassy zones’ usually have colonial or protected architectural homes, which do not trade very often. This approach is very common for condos and office properties.

Income capitalization – this approach may be applicable if there are similar embassy properties of other countries which are being rented. This approach can be used if the property is an office suite, building, or an income producing property.

DCF – could theoretically be applied, however, the property needs to have rent comparables available which are similar to the subject property. This approach is used when the property is an income producing property such as corporate office towers.

Residual – if an embassy property is a single-family home or stand-alone project without architectural restrictions for redevelopment, there could be hidden development potential in such property. Periodically, zoning laws change and allow for additional density to be developed, especially in infill locations. Sometimes, the highest and best use of these properties is re-development, whereas the land is valued, and the improvements do not contribute value.

Value Impacting Factors

Area where properties are located – often embassy properties are located in exclusive areas. Usually, these areas are located in the high demographic area of the capital or secondary city of a country. Further, in these infill areas, there is a scarcity of land and of single-family homes which could be used as an embassy.

Construction quality – often embassies are located in colonial and architecturally protected buildings that have ornate facades. The buildings are visually pleasing and command high values.

Important Inputs

– Rental rates

– Sales values

– Zoning restrictions

Recent Trends

– Redevelopment of existing embassies

– Purchase of residences for embassy staff

– High-tech renovations of existing embassies

Deliverable

Narrative Appraisal Report

  1. Value impacting statements
  2. Scope and limitations of report
  3. Land overview
  4. Improvements
  5. Scope of work
  6. Highest and best use
  7. Approaches or methods of valuation
  8. Reconciliation
  9. Certifications and statement

Notable Markets and Projects

Office Building – Embassy Location, Bogota, Colombia

Office Building – Embassy Location, Bogota, Colombia

Colombia

– Bogota, 26 Ave

– Bogota, Chico

Mexico

– DF, Polanco

– DF, Santa Fe

Peru

– Lima, Miraflores

– Lima, San Isidro

CR-CA

– San Jose, Escazu

– Panama City

– Guatemala City