Who is a REAL Appraiser?
Unfortunately, in this country there is no licensing procedure for personal property appraisers. In my opinion—based on forty years in the profession—only about 15% of those who hold themselves out to the public as professional appraisers are really good. 40% are disappointing, but adequate to many assignments and 45% are useless and should be avoided. Some are just crooks or conmen and the public usually doesn’t know the difference.
Appraisers accredited or certified by the American Society of Appraisers, the Appraisers Association of America and the International Society of Appraisers as well as members of the Association of Online Appraisers all have training in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This means that at least they have been taught how to do it right. Any appraiser who does not state that they practice in conformity with USPAP—the national standards–should be avoided.
Where Does Bernard Ewell, AOA Rank?
Right at the top both nationally and internationally. I was not only a twenty-seven year Accredited Senior Member of the American Society of Appraisers but was also an ASA course developer and adjunct professor at several universities where I taught Valuation Law for the ASA. I have taken courses in USPAP every five years and I always practice in compliance with it and the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Appraisers. Because of my teaching and mentoring of other appraisers, I am widely considered “The Dean of Art Appraisers”.