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Working with financial advisors, bank and trust departments, attorneys, insurance companies, and individuals who need the professional assistance of a CERTIFIED, unbiased and ethical appraiser.

My appraisals are written to the highest standard in the industry:  USPAP which stands for "Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice". These professional quidelines are monitored by
The Appraisal Foundation which is sanctioned by the U. S. Congress as the source of appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications. For an appraiser to be USPAP compliant, 7 hour instructional updates are required every two years following the successful completion of the 15 hour course. 
   
Appraisal charges are NOT based on a percentage of value. Hourly rates are charged for on-site inspection, research, and document preparation.
       
Expert witness testimony is also available to my clients.

It is easy for an individual to say they are certified in the appraisal business, especially if they do not truly belong to a professional appraisal organization.  The three organizations who set and maintain standards in the industry by requiring members to complete educational courses, provide personal references, and monitor their membership for ethical violations are
     International Society of Appraisers
     American Society of Appraisers
     Appraisal Association of America
Check out the creditials of anyone you are thinking of using BEFORE you hire him or her. You really have too much at stake.

Written appraisals are considered legal documents.  They are an absolute necessity for a variety of reasons. 

  • Insurance purposes:
   To verify existence, condition and item value 
   To establish balance between too much and not enough coverage
   To assist in damage or loss claims
  • Equitable distribution:
   Estate division among family members
   Divorce asset division
   
  • Accurate supporting documentation for the IRS including:
   Charitable donations over a certain dollar amount
   Fair Market Value for Estate tax purposes
  • Consultation:
   Acquisitions- do not pay too much
   Selling-  obtain a fair market price

We also offer verbal appraisal reports when a legal document is not necessary. 
Whether you want to know the value of a single item or an entire house full, we can tell you what your valuables are worth.
A verbal approximation of value is offered only when the client understands the limitations inherent in an appraisal based on readily apparent identification without the benefit of research.
This type of appraisal is performed on an hourly basis.