This course will help students gain valuable insight and a working knowledge of the various theories and methodologies for arriving at residential site values and applying the Cost Approach in everyday appraisal work. The advantages and disadvantages of using the cost approach in residential appraising will be examined. The important distinction between Replacement Cost New and Reproduction Cost New will be discussed, along with an in-depth look at several methods for estimating accrued depreciation. Students will learn how to read residential building plans and accompanying specifications. Each student will complete a step-by-step case study utilizing the Marshall and Swift cost manuals. An exam is given at the completion of the course for students requesting pre-certification credit. In addition to the course and its required text, we recommend the Marshall & Swift Cost Manual.
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