Property Valuation Industry Outlook, with Sim Hoy Chhoung on

Feb. 16, 2017, 11:52 a.m.

Property valuation is the process of estimating the total value of a property in terms of several factors that are dependent on the industry standards. This may consist of property location, size, future profitability, environment, government policies, and so much more. And since the primary aim of property investment is to get a return of investment and maximizing resources, it is essential that there is an accurate view of the property’s value. While property valuation is performed by trained individuals in the field, even newcomers can benefit from learning the basics. This will make a difference in how transactions are made as it will provide a wider perspective and understanding for people on both ends of the deal. This will ensure that there is significant protection for both the property holder and the entities such as financial institutions, insurers and other parties that also depend on valuations.   There are two main applications of valuation according to Mr. Sim Hoy Chhoung, CEO of V Trust Appraisal Co. Ltd, which he explains in his presentation at the Real Estate Market & Outlook Conference (REMOC) 2016. One of them is property valuation for financial reporting - which is becoming increasingly significant with the importance that the industry now places on the implementation of the International Financial Report Standard. This standard aims to provide consistent and reliable standards based on concrete data. The second application is property valuation for secured lending - where he particularly places emphasis for commercial banks and lending institutions to comply with IVS applications, and also to produce clear conditions of engagement so that there is assurance that the property market will function properly and be well supported by available financing options. Chhoung goes on to show, through a case study of The Central Bank of Ireland, how these applications have made a significant impact on the banking crisis there. In Ireland there were weaknesses in instruction given to valuers, conflicts of interest, failure to conduct frequent valuation reviews, inadequate training and inappropriate use of informal valuations. As a result of these lessons learned, Chhoung sees opportunities for growth in the Cambodian climate, if the National Bank of Cambodia accepts these challenges and seeks to overcome them.
Chhoung concluded his presentation by providing suggestions and solutions such as the CVEA and the Ministry working together in providing growth for valuers by providing minimum hours CPD requirements. He also suggests for policy makers to incorporate international standards like the IVS and the RICS professional standards into the local outline for valuation; and to provide even more training and education about property valuation throughout the market. He also calls for banks and financial institutions to consider recommendations for best practices to improve how loans are carried out. While there are already great returns from investments made in Cambodia, it is important to get ahead and obtain proper valuation for your property to ensure sustainability and to anticipate future costs and conditions, should there be any sudden market, infrastructure or policy changes.

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