Datacomp works with local governments, including cities, townships and counties, to provide existing home appraisal services in the case of eminent domain, taxation disputes, rights of way issues and other public land development processes.
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In some cases, Datacomp is asked to work with various levels of government and associated entities to help promote financing ability for manufactured housing and other forms of factory-built homes.
How We Use NADA
The National Association of Automotive Dealers produces the NADA Manufactured Home Value Guide, which is used to calculate the average depreciated retail value of a manufactured or mobile home. The primary drawback of this approach is that book value is designed to work around the many factors from the local market that impact individual home value. The NADA producers even caution users that the only way to get an accurate value for a specific home is to physically inspect the home and to use recent, local comparable sales. At the lender’s request, Datacomp will calculate the NADA Book Value and use it as the “cost approach value” in our market-based appraisal.
Know Your Assets
Investors are increasingly interested in “books” of homes or the cumulative homes value within a particular community. Meaningful valuations on these kind of collected assets can be difficult to obtain. But Datacomp is able to use its documentation from more than 5 million valuations nationwide, as well as its understanding of MH community performance in specific regions, to form a baseline for portfolio valuations of this class.
Comprehensive Market-Based Appraisals
Home photographs, measurements, and detailed descriptions of the home and attached structures are gathered and forwarded to our in-house appraisal experts. Utilizing our proprietary database of more than five million manufactured home sales, one of our appraisers calculates the fair market value and produces a written appraisal report. This comprehensive 12-page report is then emailed directly to you, providing you with a detailed description of the subject home, options and accessories, community data, interior and exterior photos, comparable sales data, and a calculation of the fair market value-based determination on comparable sales. Our appraisal reports are welcomed by hundreds of lenders nationwide.
JLT Market Data Reports
Datacomp works in communities across the country every day, and our inspectors keep meticulous notes from community owners and managers on profile changes to a particular property. There are many changes that may occur in a manufactured home community every year, and among those we track are rent and adjusted rent figures — comparable from year to year — as well as occupancy rates for more than 40,000 communities in better than 150 primary markets across the continental United States.
Often when the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is “decommissioning” homes that have served as worker or contractor housing, enlisted barracks or emergency housing, Datacomp will provide existing and new home appraisals to ensure the administration has a complete understanding of the market value of its owned housing stock, whether it’s to maintain the home for re-commission or or to provide homes for open market sale.