What’s in a name?

When you are ill, you look for a doctor with initials like M.D. or M.D.P.A. Tooth ache? You want a doctor with the critical initials D.D.S.  Now while you may not know the exact meaning of these letters, you want the best trained person to treat you and not the guy who when asked says: “he’s not a doctor, he stayed at a major hotel chain last night”.  The same should be true when you are seeking an appraiser.  You want a person who is educated and trained in researching, writing, and product knowledge to perform this service.  You want a person who is a Certified Appraiser of Personal Property by a major appraisal organization or accrediting school.  What sets the Certified Appraiser apart is the amount of time spent in acquiring the knowledge and testing, the experience appraising the subject property and an appraisal that meets the standards of USPAP-the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.  These standards are established not only for real estate appraisers, but for personal property appraisers and are looked at by government entities as the guidelines for a professional appraiser.  So just as you would not go to a doctor or dentist who is not trained and knowledgable in their field, when you need an appraisal, look for the professional.  The North Texas ISA chapter website will help you find an appraiser to meet your needs.  This appraiser is proud to be a member of NTISA and a past president of the chapter. If you need a specialist appraiser, call me.

About askbeverly

Who am I? I am an individual who values the contents of people's homes for a variety of reasons. I'm called a "personal property appraiser" and certified by the International Society of Appraisers which requires educational courses, examinations, keeping up with current tax laws and every two years taking a course called the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisals. Every five years, I am required to keep up my ISA certification by proving I have a minimum of 100 personal property development credits - that's course hours and actual research time spend on appraisal work. As a long time collector I have turned a hobby into a profession and for the last 22 years worked as an independent appraiser. My specialties include china, pottery, sterling silver, crystal and glassware, costume jewelry, Carnival Glass, Belleek Irish porcelain, collectibles and furniture. Why do you need an appraisal? The purpose of an appraisal may be for obtaining insurance, probate of an estate, equitable division of an estate or divorce, or a damage claim. I also give lectures on several different topics to antique clubs, provide consultations in person, by phone and through email. No my service is not free! But I will also advise you if I believe it is in your best interest to do research on your own if you just want an idea of what something is worth rather than pay for an appraisal.

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