AppreciationAppreciation is a term used in accounting relating to the increase in value of an asset. In this sense it is the reverse of depreciation, which measures the fall in value of assets over their normal life-time.
In times of high inflation appreciation will be common to all balance sheet assets. Generally, the term is reserved for property or, more specifically, land and buildings. In any viable modern economy, such property tends to increase in value over the years - if only because of the scarcity of usable land forces its price in a competitive situation.
Needless to say there are considerable difficulties in assessing the increase in value of any particular asset. This is principally because of the variety of interpretaions that can be attached to the word value itself and due to the various instruments and methods used in the valuation process.