This course teaches the student how to use depreciated replacement cost to develop and support adjustments in the sales comparison grid of a residential appraisal assignment. Source documents are examined and applied in real world examples to demonstrate how depreciated cost fits with other quantitative methods of developing and supporting sales grid adjustments.
All quantitative methods are limited by the available sales comparison data. Each appraisal assignment will have different quantities (sample size) and qualities (sample fit) of comparable data. The importance of matching quantitative methods to available data will be examined. Critical thinking skills are taught to increase competence in the matching of data to quantitative methods.
Quantitative methods, such as depreciated replacement cost, are calculation intensive. The course teaches the use of a spreadsheet application (Excel) that applies to quantitative methods. Other spreadsheet applications can be used as well. Also demonstrated is a commercial, web-based application designed to simplify depreciated cost calculations. Neither are required to understand or apply depreciated replacement cost, which will be demonstrated in the course.