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Obsolescence – a cause for concern?

Obsolescence – a cause for concern? Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review what is known about obsolescence and its causes, and provide a critique of how it is reflected in valuations. Design/methodology/approach – The method has been to review the literature on obsolescence to examine the main causes and whether there are approaches that can identify the vulnerability of buildings to the business models they are designed to satisfy becoming outmoded. Findings – Obsolescence is an inherent part of the way in which market economies function as new competitors disrupt established business models. Investors need better methods to evaluate the risk that obsolescence poses to their portfolios. Practical implications – Obsolescence can result in significant unpredicted losses of value. Originality/value – Much of the literature on obsolescence treats it in the same way as depreciation without recognising its unpredictable nature. The paper explores alternative approaches to how obsolescence might be measured. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Property Investment & Finance Emerald Publishing

Obsolescence – a cause for concern?

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1463-578X
DOI
10.1108/JPIF-02-2015-0016
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review what is known about obsolescence and its causes, and provide a critique of how it is reflected in valuations. Design/methodology/approach – The method has been to review the literature on obsolescence to examine the main causes and whether there are approaches that can identify the vulnerability of buildings to the business models they are designed to satisfy becoming outmoded. Findings – Obsolescence is an inherent part of the way in which market economies function as new competitors disrupt established business models. Investors need better methods to evaluate the risk that obsolescence poses to their portfolios. Practical implications – Obsolescence can result in significant unpredicted losses of value. Originality/value – Much of the literature on obsolescence treats it in the same way as depreciation without recognising its unpredictable nature. The paper explores alternative approaches to how obsolescence might be measured.

Journal

Journal of Property Investment & FinanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 7, 2015

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