CFO's guide to real estate appraisals


  • Paula K. Konikoff

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    • Paula K, Konikoff, J. D., MAI, is an independent consultant providing valuation advisory services in real estate matters. She performs concurrence reviews, develops training materials and workshops, provides fairness opinions, and offers litigation support. Ms. Konikoff is also an adjunct professor in New York University's Master of Science in real estate program. Before establishing her independent practice, she was the director of real estate valuations for KPMG Peat Marwick. In this position she directed valuations of all property types nationwide, developed appraiser training workshops and materials, provided support for regulatory reviews, advised institutions regarding internal appraisal policies and procedures, and provided litigation support services.


Like it or not, real estate is something we all have to contend with. Even those companies that are not in the real estate business make decisions about land and buildings that affect the bottom line. Whether it is leased or owned, used for office or warehouse space or for manufacturing, real estate ownership or lease positions appear on financial statements. Often, the only way to measure the effect of real estate on corporate performance is by use of appraisals. Therefore, whether your firm deals in real estate, or just leases space for its own use, it is likely that an event will occur that will require the use of an appraisal. Since these appraisals are generally based on financial analysis, when a company does not employ real estate professionals, management of the appraisal process often resides in the office of the CFO. This comprehensive guide can help CFOs make the right decisions.