General Concepts



Value is not a fact but an opinion of either:

  • (a) the most probable price to be paid for an asset in an exchange,or
  • (b) the economic benefits of owning an asset.

A value in exchange is a hypothetical price and the hypothesis on which the value is estimated is determined by the purpose of the valuation. A value to the owner is an estimate of the benefits that would accrue to a particular party from ownership.



Price is the amount asked, offered or paid for an asset. Because of the financial capabilities, motivations or special interests of a given buyer or seller, the price paid may be different from the value which might be ascribed to the asset by others.



Cost is the amount required to acquire or create the asset. When that asset has been acquired or created, its cost is a fact. Price is related to cost because the price paid for an asset becomes its cost to the buyer.