Goodwill hunting: Developing a methodology for identifying and incorporating goodwill into residential land valuations

Lucy Cradduck*, Clive M.J. Warren

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to add to the academic discourse by developing a methodology by which a block of land’s goodwill, or lack of goodwill, can be factored into its valuation. Design/methodology/approach: The research was undertaken utilising a mixed-methods approach, which involved doctrinal research, together with qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact of neighbourhood disputes on real property value. The disputes engaged with for exemplar purposes were those of tree disputes resolved by QCAT order. Findings: A dispute can adversely affect a property’s goodwill, which can impact both its saleability and value. Research limitations/implications: Due to the sensitive nature of the valuation process and the potential negative impact that any identification of a property may have on its value, it was not appropriate to identify any properties specifically or the area in which these are located. Further, as regards the available details of disputes, the authors were only able to engage with disputes for which an order existed. Practical implications: The methodology developed can be applied to other real property interests, for example, lots in freehold retirement village complexes or those within other strata title schemes of either residential or commercial use. Social implications: As the number of neighbourhood disputes throughout Australia grows, addressing the impact that a dispute has for property value is a concern relevant to all valuers and owners. Originality/value: The authors add to the academic discourse by developing a methodology by which a property’s goodwill, or lack of goodwill, can be factored into its valuation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-609
Number of pages13
JournalProperty Management
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Sep 2019

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