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Opinion of Market Value


Business Appraisals / Valuation

NorWest Business Sales and Appraisals can provide a professional valuation of your business for a variety of reasons and purposes:

  • Selling
  • Buying
  • Financing
  • Divorce
  • Litigation

There are three (3) types of Appraisals each with a different purpose:

1. Opinion of Market Value:

This cost effective report is geared toward sellers and buyers of small businesses to establish the current market value of a business; sellers use it to set and substantiate an asking price; buyers use it to evaluate the asking price of a business or to substantiate their offer.

Best suited for:

  • Preparing a business for sale
  • Analyzing an asking price of a facility prior to submitting an offer


  • Phone interview with the client is required
  • Pictures of the business required if out of the Metro Portland area
  • Financial statements required for the past 3 years + YTD
  • Full financial analysis and forecasting prepared
  • 7 to 10 days to completion upon receipt of all required documents
  • Calculation of Data to arrive at a Market Value
  • Comparative sales data utilized
  • Personally delivered by NorWest Business Sales and Appraisals – explanation
    and verification
  • $1,500
  • I am seriously considering selling. Do I still have to pay for a business valuation? No! For Sellers who are serious about listing their business for sale, we provide an ‘Opinion of Market Value’ free of charge. It is a report that will give you a range of value for selling purposes, indicate the strengths and weaknesses of your business from a selling perspective and whether the business is ready to sell.

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2. Limited Business Appraisal:

A complete appraisal utilizing the most accepted standards of business valuation. We analyze your facility for all 3 approaches (Market, Income and Asset).

Best Suited for:

  • Buy/Sell
  • Purchase Price Analysis
  • Divorce
  • Partnership dissolution
  • Reallocation of stock
  • Transfers within the family
  • Mergers and Acquisitions


  • Phone interview with client required
  • Pictures required of out of the Metro Portland Area
  • Financial statements with balance sheets required for past 3 yrs. + YTD
  • Support of appraisal approaches and conclusions
  • National, state and regional economic outlook report
  • Industry Statistics comparison
  • 14 to 21 days to complete upon receipt of all required data
  • personally delivered: (a) one bound report and (b) one in electronic PDF format
  • $3,950

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3. Certified Business Appraisal

Complete, fully documented appraisal compliant with USPAP, IBA and IRS standards mainly geared toward litigation and taxation purposes.

Best suited for:

  • ESOP
  • Litigated Divorce
  • Gift taxes
  • Partner/share holders disputes
  • Economic law suits
  • Estate planning and Taxation

This level of Appraisal requires a Certified Business Appraiser and is not intended to accommodate the smaller businesses. The price can range from $12,000 to $20,000. If we are called upon to perform such an appraisal, we could consult and pass the project to our Certified Business Appraiser.

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