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Turner Drake & Partners Ltd.
6182 North Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3K 1P5

Tel.: (902) 429-1811
Toll Free: (800) 567-3033
Fax.: (902) 429-1891

PO Box 332, Stn Main
Moncton, N.B.
E1C 8L4
Tel.: (506) 389-1811

Suite 221
12 Smythe Street
Saint John, N.B.
E2L 5G5
Tel.: (506) 634-1811

Suite 11
109 Richmond Street
Charlottetown, P.E.
C1A 1H7
Tel.: (902) 368-1811

35 York Street
St. John's, N.L.
A1C 5M3
Tel.: (709) 722-1811

4th Floor
111 Queen Street East
Toronto, ON.
M5C 1S2
Tel.: (416) 504-1811

E-Mail: tdp@turnerdrake.com
Internet: www.turnerdrake.com

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Valuation & Appraisal


Many agricultural properties are subject to supply management through a government mandated quota system. In addition, the value of the real estate is also a function of demand in the food commodity markets. Our valuation team includes a team leader who specialises in agricultural and other rural property. The types of rural assignment we routinely undertake include the following:

  • Beaches
  • Beef Farms
  • Dairy Farms
  • Feed Mills
  • Fertiliser Plants
  • Hog Operations
  • Islands
  • Mixed Use Farms
  • Orchards
  • Poultry Operations
  • Recreational Property
  • Woodlots

In order to meet the constraints (weather, accessibility, cost, heterogeneous sales data) implicit in many types of rural assignments and to ensure that the value is accurate, our Valuation Division has developed specialist methodologies for inspecting and valuing the property. In so doing we have relied heavily on the use of our Geographic Information System (GIS) and Compuval™ information technology platform. Island inspections usually require access by helicopter, boat or canoe, so minimising time on the ground whilst capturing "critical to value" features of the property, is essential. Mainland inspections have their own challenges, not the least of which consists of locating the property boundaries for a parcel which may be situated a ten kilometre hike from the public highway. By downloading the boundary co-ordinates onto a hand held GPS, and utilising our GIS personnel to layer them onto a coloured aerial or satellite photograph, we ensure that we are inspecting the correct property. To undertake the inspection efficiently we have developed a survey form that captures 53 "critical to value" characteristics, and up to 106 attributes, of the parcel. Using our GIS we are able to produce site inspection maps rendered with the type of land (or water), tree type and height, and topography, to aid in the inspection process.

Property valuation is challenging, partly because the sales of comparable properties, on which the accuracy of the process depends, are not freely available in the Maritime Provinces and often must be sourced from vendors, purchasers, and the Multiple Listing Services®. Because the properties are heterogeneous, and often include ocean, lake or river frontage, the "standard" appraisal technique of analysing the sale price on a "per acre" basis and then "adjusting" for the difference between it and the property being valued, frequently fails to produce a reliable and accurate result. We have therefore developed proprietary software which analyses the sales data on a "component basis", breaking out the basic land value; waterfront benefit; road front benefit; and unit land value keyed to the land type, timber cover and maturity. We have also extended the use of GIS to create property value maps: this allows us to identify land parcels with development potential.

The following video illustrates the process of inspecting and valuing a waterfront property.