In the context of real estate appraisals trusts and estates can pose unique challenges. If you’re the executor of an estate, a beneficiary or a trustee, it is important that you understand how the appraisal works and the factors that can influence the value. We’ll discuss some key factors when appraising property in a estate or trust.

When appraising property for a trust, or an estate, it is important to first consider the purpose of your appraisal. Is it for tax reasons, to determine value of property in probate or some other purpose? Understanding the reason for the appraisal can help determine the type of appraiser needed and the factors that will be considered.

A property’s condition is another important factor. It is possible that the properties in a estate or trust haven’t been maintained properly or need to be repaired or renovated. When conducting an appraisal, it is important to keep in mind that the condition of the property will have a major impact on its price.

Location, market conditions, restrictions and encumbrances can also impact the value. The value of a property may increase if it’s located in an area with a lot growth and development.

A lack of sales data can pose a problem when valuing properties that are part of a trust. In some instances, the property might not have sold in years or may only be a few comparables in the area. In these cases, an appraiser might need to rely upon other sources of information to determine value, such as rental revenue or replacement cost.

Final point: it is important to hire an appraiser that has experience valuing properties for a trust or an estate. This type requires a specific skill set, as well as knowledge of the challenges that may arise. Choose an appraiser that is knowledgeable about the local real estate market and has a proven track record for providing accurate and reliable assessments.


When valuing properties that are part of a trust, or an estate, it is important to consider a variety of factors. This includes the condition of the asset, its location and the purpose for which the appraisal was conducted. A professional appraiser with a solid understanding of the challenges that this type of appraisal presents can ensure a reliable and accurate valuation. Working with professionals that understand the appraisal procedure and are familiar with it will help you make the best decisions possible when it comes time to decide on real estate for a trust or an estate.