Economic Obsolescence Defined: Real Estate Vocabulary

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economic obsolescenceI’m going to try a new feature here at the BiggerPockets Blog: Real Estate Vocabulary. This feature will look at different concepts in real estate, and explain what they are and why they’re important. The first concept we’re going to cover is Economic Obsolescence.

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Economic Obsolescence: Definition

Otherwise known as Social Obsolescence, economic obsolescence is when the value of a property decreases due to external factors in the neighborhood or immediate area. For example, if the local airport adds a new runway so upon takeoff and landing, airplanes fly directly over your home, the value of your property is likely to fall.

Other possible causes include changes in zoning, recession, adverse traffic changes, freeway construction too close to the property, and loss of major area employers.

The key here is that these changes are irremediable; no matter what you do to your property, these outside changes negatively affect your property value. Appraisers consider economic obsolescence when determining the value of a property.

This is one of the factors that the online home value engines often fail to, or simply cannot consider, when evaluating a property.

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Joshua Dorkin

Joshua Dorkin (@jrdorkin, Google+) founded BiggerPockets.com when he saw a need for free, trustworthy information about real estate investing online. Over the past 12 years, Josh has grown the site from self-funded hobby to full-time job and passion. Today, BiggerPockets brings together over 600,000 members, housing the world’s largest library of real estate content, iTunes’ #1 real estate podcast, and an array of analysis tools, all geared toward helping users succeed.

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