Can You Tell Me If It’s Real?

Question: I bought a signed Jackson Pollock at a garage sale. I want to know if it’s real. And what’s it worth? Authenticate vs. Appraise The first question is about authenticity. The second is about value. Most people expect an … Continue reading

Fees: How Much Do Appraisers Charge?

Question: How come appraisers don’t publish a fee schedule? Is it a case of “If you have to ask, you can’t afford it?” Like doctors, lawyers and other professionals, most appraisers don’t publish fee schedules. But it’s not because their … Continue reading

Appraised Value vs. Assessed Value

Question: I don’t get it. My home appraised at $265,000 six months ago, but the town assessed it at $106,000 on my current tax bill. How can that be? Easy. The real estate appraiser estimated the fair market value (FMV) … Continue reading

Conflict of Interest

Question: Isn’t it a conflict of interest for a jeweler to appraise jewelry? Beware Self-Interest It would be if the jeweler sold you a ring and then appraised it for you. He would be hard-pressed not to exaggerate the value … Continue reading

Are Appraisers Licensed or Certified?

Question: Is it true that most appraisers aren’t licensed or certified? In general, yes. Real Estate Appraisers Real estate appraisers are the exception. They are state-licensed, which means they meet education, training and experience qualifications. It also means they take … Continue reading