High-Value Decisions May Require the Professional Services of a Qualified Appraiser

Would you hire an architect to design your house who was neither educated nor had specialized training or current membership in a recognized association for architects? I am certain you would not!

Qualified Appraisers – Members of the Professional Services Sector

A qualified personal property appraiser provides a professional service. These specialized consultants have valuation methodology …

5 Benefits of Adding a Qualified Appraiser to Your Estate Management Team

Surprisingly, many individuals have never worked with a qualified appraiser as part of their estate management team and are unaware of the benefits and knowledge an appraiser can provide when dealing with personal property.

A qualified appraiser can assist with the following:

1. Help plan, manage and overcome the “where to start” barrier. An appraiser can meet …

The Appraisal Foundation Applauds Circuit Court Ruling Affirming Primacy of Personal Property Appraisal Profession

To protect asset value, consumers must select a qualified and independent appraiser 

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 26, 2019(Washington, DC)  – The Appraisal Foundation, the nation’s foremost authority on valuation services, applauds the recent 9th Circuit Court ruling that agreed with a U.S. Tax Court opinion that found an appraisal from an esteemed auction house is not adequate …

The Market and Valuation of Ivory Objects

In the areas of Asian and African art, objects made from elephant ivory are quite commonplace, in particular, Japanese okimono (sculptures), and netsuke (a small carved ornament/toggle), and human figures from China, and animals from Africa.

  Ivory is a challenging area to value for two reasons: First, it is difficult to date; and second, …

10 Questions New Art Buyers Are Afraid to Ask

Many people interested in learning more about buying original art are intimidated by the art world and are afraid to ask about what they don’t know. If this describes you, then you are not alone. To support new art buyers in building a foundation of art market knowledge, here is an introductory list of …

Death, Disaster, Debt and Divorce – the Need for Personal Property Appraisers

An article in the Huffington Post offers advice to consumers on how to navigate the “4 D’s” in Personal Property: Death, Disaster, Debt, and Divorce.

“When a loved one dies, a personal property appraiser can help determine the value for an equitable distribution of an estate as well as any potential federal, state, or local …

New Rulings on Ivory Trade Affecting Appraisers, Antique Dealers, Collectors, Museums

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final ruling and revisions to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) regarding the African Elephant taking effect on June 6, 2016.
The almost complete ban on elephant ivory trading takes into account activities that do not contribute to elephant poaching and illegal trade in ivory while ensuring that …

Another Tax-Shelter Scheme Bites the Dust

I noted a year-end news item last week that will be of interest to those involved with donation appraisals, and familiar with the ongoing battles between the Canada Revenue Agency and those seeking to avoid taxes through various tax-sheltering donation schemes. To date, the CRA has denied more than 5.9 billion dollars in donation …