A 3-minute primer to what sets us apart
After years in this industry working for other firms, we set out to create something much better: fill their gaps, break their molds, right their wrongs. Here are four ways we do this:
We are not an appraisal-factory for big banks
Since most appraisal firms—big and small—rely on big banks for most of their appraisal orders, these banks naturally become the firm’s most important clients.
This is bad for you for at least two reasons:
- Because those appraisal firms consistently get dozens of orders month after month from each bank client, your business frankly means very little to them—which translates to poor service.
- And because price and speed are usually more important to bank clients than quality and accuracy, this leads to an assembly-line-like production of low quality, often unreliable appraisals.
We’re different. To maintain our service and quality standards, as well as our independence, we avoid working with traditional big banks.
Instead, we prefer to service individual private clients like you, as well as a host of legal, financial, and tax professionals and their clients.
As a result, most appraisals we do are used for a variety of personal, legal, or tax-related issues, rather than mortgage financing. That’s why we have better familiarity with your needs and situation.
Also, we haven’t developed the bad habits that come from prioritizing speed and cost over quality and accuracy—habits that inevitably result in low quality, unreliable appraisals.
We never use trainee appraisers—all our appraisers have at least 15 years’ experience
Want to know an industry secret?
Many appraisal firms use inexperienced appraiser trainees, also known as ‘licensed appraiser assistants,’ to do your appraisal start to finish—with little or no supervision.
Upon completion, your appraisal is basically rubber-stamped with the signature of the senior appraiser you thought you hired to do the job.
Why? Because trainees work cheap—and sometimes they even work for free. This is how many appraisal firms cut costs to maximize profit, at your expense.
It’s a disturbingly common practice.
You see, trainees are supposed to be apprentices. But it takes years of oversight and hand-holding to correctly learn the trade and earn an appraisal license—most firms can’t be bothered with that.
We never use trainees or licensed appraiser assistants in any capacity. All our appraisers are NY State Certified and have at least 15 years’ experience.
We guarantee our work
Most appraisers don’t. Having read the points above, you can probably understand why.
Knowing that your appraisal will not be challenged or rejected is as important as knowing it is accurate.
We guarantee your appraisal report will meet the standards and requirements of the authority you’ll be submitting it to (court, IRS, or government agency), and be accepted by that authority.
You are a VIP
When you hire a company for an important job, you should expect to be treated like an important person.
We know from experience this is not the case at many appraisal firms—where all but the very largest clients are treated like just another number.
Our clients have our office numbers, cell phone numbers and personal e-mail address. We make ourselves available day and night. When you call, we answer. Not a secretary or a pushy salesman.
We offer you a unique level of access and commitment—and we can usually do so at a lower rate than bigger firms, because we don’t have to charge extra to cover bloated operational costs.
Now that you know all these things, why not get in touch to find out more about getting an appraisal? You can get a quote at no cost, and no obligation, just by clicking the button below.
You will always speak to an appraiser—not a receptionist or a pushy salesman...and you are welcome to ask us anything at all. We love talking real estate, and we want you to be 100% informed & confident.
Just a note to thank you for providing me with excellent service regarding my real estate appraisal. Your company not only provided me with a professional appraisal, but it also did so in a manner that fulfilled all my requests and expectations willingly. As a result of your genuine efforts, it was a pleasure doing business with you, and I would recommend your services enthusiastically.Bob Taormina