Real Estate Investment

Real Estate Investment

Q.1:
Taking the definition of Market Rent in the Red Book (RICS 2014), discuss the
challenges that face the valuer in arriving at a rent of a commercial property, including
physical, economic and practical factors.
(50% of marks)
Tip:

It is suggested you consult more than one text book

You may start to consult Journal articles and i-surv

Please use Harvard references- and I do expect to see some references in
your texts.
(750 words)
Q.2:
A retail property currently is currently on the market as an investment in a good
position near a major rail terminus (No 7 Station Road). It is in an area of shops let
to mainly local retailers and some national chains. It is currently vacant but is to let
on an unrestricted A1 use on a 10 year FRI lease. The area of the shop is frontage 8
metres and depth 18 metres. There is no return frontage.
You have a client who is interested in purchasing the freehold as an investment.
Prepare a report to your client covering the following:

Your analysis of the comparable evidence in Table A (overleaf) attached to
provide your estimate of Market Rent.

Your capital valuation of the property in the light of market evidence on yields
on similar transactions supplied overleaf.

You should show full workings of both analysis and valuation.
(50% of marks)
(max 1000 words excluding appendices)
FR2106: coursework brief November 2014 Page 2
Rental Evidence
Property Comparable R1 Comparable R2 Comparable R3
Address
3 Station Road 10 Back Road 1 The Parade
Relative
location
50 metres away;
closer to station
150 metres away;
less prominent
position
100 metres away
better footfall
Dimensions
frontage 12
metres; depth 20
metres
frontage 7 metres;
depth 16 metres
frontage 5
metres; depth 8
metres
Rent passing
£ 29,000 pa £17,500 pa £10,500 pa
Lease basis
FRI; only use as a
ladies dress shop.
10 year term
granted 6 years
ago. National
retailer
FRI; any A class use
Lease renewal. New
term 15 years; 5 year
reviews.
Local Retailer
FRI A1 user only
National retailer
Date Agreed
12 months ago 3 months ago 18 months ago
Status
Rent review New letting Lease renewal
Yield evidence:
Comparables R2 and R3 have both sold in the last year. R3 was sold 6 months ago
at a yield of 5.5% based on the rent passing. R2 was sold 18 months ago when the
rent was historic at £14,000 and it was known that the tenant might be wishing to
leave. It achieved a yield of 5.2%
Tips:

Start by analyzing the comparables supplied – remember what we
discussed in class about the ‘hierarchy of evidence

When you have assessed the rental evidence, consider the yield

Bear in mind the property is empty
and it may take some time to let.
Consider whether you will
defer
the income (we will cover this in class) or
adjust the yield to reflect the risk.

You can use Excel or simple calculations to show your valuation – the
choice is yours.

What is important is that you think about why the evidence may show
slightly conflicting things!

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