Conservation Easement Appraisals were mostly unheard of two
or three generations ago. It was not until recently that tax laws favored the
granting of Conservation Easements, causing the creation of many such easements
throughout the country. Once the Conservation Easement is in place, all
evaluations of a property affected by it going forward must be performed giving
consideration to the reduced bundle of rights it caused. Not all Conservation
Easements are created the same or contain the same provisions. Therefore, each
Conservation Easement Appraisal must be performed giving consideration to the
specific terms within the Easement Legal Instrument. Given the above, when
selecting a Conservation Easement Appraiser, consideration should be given to
the experience of the appraiser with such appraisals.
At ELLIOTT®, we understand Conservation Easements and the
appraisal of property affected by them. We also offer no obligation
consultation when called upon.