The valuation models developed for financial assets are applicable for real assets as well. Real estate investments comprise the most significant component of real asset investments. For many years, analysts in real estate have used their own variants on valuation models to value real estate. Real estate is too different an asset class, they argue, to be valued with models developed to value publicly traded stocks.



In this chapter, we present a different point of view. We argue that while real estate and stocks may be different asset classes, the principles of valuation should not differ across the classes. In particular, the value of real estate property should be the present value of the expected cash flows on the property. That said, there are serious estimation issues that we still have to confront that are unique to real estate and we will deal with those in this chapter.

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