Written by Bill Jeansonne, Commercial Investment Specialist for Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate

As commercial real estate professionals, we are frequently involved with appraisals.  An appraisal must be understood from several aspects—who was the appraisal performed for and for what purpose. 

Several useful insights are summarized in a recent article “10 Things to Know About Commercial Real Estate Appraisal” by Darren Dahl contributing editor of Inc magazine.

A very important point clarifies the terms:

  • Fee simple interest
  • Leased fee interest
  • Leasehold interest

When an appraisal is made available for consideration, it is extremely important to interpret the data in a manner consistent to the purpose of a client other than the party authorizing the appraisal.  As the article points out: “The client is the party that orders the appraisal.

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Bill Jeansonne, a native of Alexandria, Louisiana, received both his undergraduate degree and master’s in business administration (MBA) from Louisiana State University (LSU).  Bill has 17years experience in the commercial and industrial real estate business and 14 years experience in commercial and industrial warehouse design and sale of handling equipment.  His specializations include commercial and industrial development, brokerage, and leasing, as well as lease negotiations and tenant build outs.

A Designee member of the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM), Bill’s professional memberships include Baton Rouge’s Commercial Investment Division (CID), the LSU MBA Alumni Association, a founding member of the board of managers for the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB), a member of Louisiana REALTORS® (LR), a member of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), and a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).  Bill has also served as a president of CID, a chairman of the CID Trends Program, a chairman of the LSU MBA Alumni Association Louisiana Looking Up Program, and on the Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Trends committee.  His current civic affiliations and past service include board chairman of the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation, president of the Capitol SERTOMA Club of Baton Rouge, member of the Cadets of the Ole War Skule, and an alumnus of Omicron Delta Kappa (OΔK).

Saurage Rotenberg Commercial Real Estate, LLC is a member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce (BRAC); the Baton Rouge Growth Coalition; the Ascension Parish Chamber of Commerce; the Louisiana Commercial Data Base (LACDB); and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). Several agents, on an individual basis, are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors® (SIOR), the Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute (CCIM); the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR); and the Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS® Commercial Investment Division (CID).