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Approaches to improving valuation decision-making: a review of the literature

Hassan Shuaibu Liman (Department of Property, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand) (Department of Estate Management and Valuation, Federal University of Technology Minna, Minna, Nigeria)
Abdul-Rasheed Amidu (Department of Property, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Deborah Levy (Department of Property, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)

Journal of Property Investment & Finance

ISSN: 1463-578X

Article publication date: 13 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The complexity of property valuation, coupled with valuers’ cognitive limitations, makes some degree of error inevitable in valuations. However, given the crucial role that valuations play in the efficient functioning of the economy, there is a need for continuous improvement in the reliability of reported values by enhancing the quality of the decision-making process. The purpose of this paper is to review previous research on valuation decision-making, with particular interest in examining the approaches to improving the quality of valuation decisions and identifying potential areas for further research.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper adopts a narrative approach to review 42 research articles that were obtained from Scopus and Web of Science databases and through author citation searches.

Findings

Our findings show that existing literature is skewed towards examining the use of technology in the form of decision support systems (DSS), with limited research attention on non-technological (i.e. behavioural) approaches to improving the quality of valuation decisions. We summarise the non-technological approaches and note that much of the discussions on these approaches often appear as recommendations arising from other studies rather than original investigations in their own rights.

Practical implications

We conclude that studies investigating the effectiveness of the non-technological approaches to improving valuation decision-making are lacking, providing various avenues for further research.

Originality/value

This paper presents the first attempt to provide a comprehensive overview of non-technological approaches to improving the quality of valuation decisions.

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Citation

Liman, H.S., Amidu, A.-R. and Levy, D. (2024), "Approaches to improving valuation decision-making: a review of the literature", Journal of Property Investment & Finance, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JPIF-01-2024-0011

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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