Appraisals and Estate Services in the St Petersburg, Pinellas, and Tampa Bay area

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Why Hire a Certified Appraiser?

The hiring of an appraiser is an important decision. Unfortunately there is no government regulation protecting the consumer at this time. Real estate appraisers are required to conform to USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) but personal property appraisers do not fall under the same regulation.

When you hire a certified appraiser you have an added sense of security. As an Associate Member of the ISA (International Society of Appraisers) I have chosen to hold myself up to some of the strictest standards for appraisal practice.

One of the many things that you, as a consumer, should be wary of is an appraiser who is willing to work for a percentage of the value of the property appraised or charges a contingency fee. This is clearly a conflict of interest and the IRS does not accept reports completed by an appraiser using these fee arrangements. A second major conflict of interest is seen in the appraiser who is willing to buy the items they have appraised.

All reports by a certified appraiser should have the following parts:

  • Cover Letter
  • Complete and Accurate Description of the Property
  • Limitations and Qualifying Conditions
  • Statement of the Appraiser’s Financial Disinterest
  • Appraiser’s Qualifications
  • Date of Inspection
  • Effective Date of Value

These things help to assure you that you have an appraisal that has been done in a conscientious and accurate manner.

What is USPAP

USPAP stands for the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. It is only required for real estate appraisers, but the major appraisal societies require knowledge and adherence to USPAP.

It is a standard that ensures a level of competence, due diligence, accuracy, and ethics. It was developed in the 1980s by The Appraisal Foundation, an independent and non-governmental body charged by Congress to help establish uniform standards.

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