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Rated by
Douglas S.
"Absolutely terrible experience-- after stating he was not familiar with the West
/Liberty Twp areas, he proceeded to provide a completely inaccurate appraisal" for our 4,500 SF home located on a private, gated street that resulted almost losing the sale for us--unfortunately, we were already under contract with another house and were moving forward regardless of his appraisal: 1. He provided no value for a 1,000 SF 2 tiered, concrete outdoor living area with professional landscaping and gazebo that is one of the highlights of the home. The patio was in outstanding shape having only been poured a few years ago. 2. He referred to our kitchen as "not updated' despite having granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, above and below counter lighting, a large walk-in pantry, large island, copper-look back splash, hardwood cherry floors and stylish table and island chandelier lighting. The cabinets were a darker cherry finish with a double oven, built-in microwave and smooth cooktop. The kitchen and f 3. He claimed not having a 1st floor master is a $15K hit-- even if your home is in a family and child oriented subdivision where a 1st floor master is not necessarily desirable. 4. He refused to give any value of a "bedroom" to a bonus room with a separate staircase, closet and large window-- this cost us another #$12K on the appraisal. These are just a few of the items other appraisers called "completely inaccurate" and "misrepresented" upon reading his review--if you are a seller and he comes to your home, be prepared to
your shirt when his numbers come it--- maybe he does a better job in areas he "knows better". How unfortunate for us he didn't know the West
area apparently!
Rated by
Bertha T.
" My father died in 2011. Being the executor and trustee of the estate, it fell on me to list my Dad's assets. I had to get 2 appraisals for his duplex, one that listed the" value of my Dad's house the date he died and one that was current (at that time it was 6/2012). I called
to evaluate my Dad's duplex. She was a very nice and personable lady! She was very nice with the people renting the property and she gave me a good, detailed appraisal in a report format. This was a difficult appraisal in that the duplex was never really updated. All of the other houses similar to my Dad's had been updated, with additions and upgrades, etc. Literally, there was nothing to really compare it to. She had to do research and finally found houses that were a few miles away that were vaguely similar, which was the closest she could get, and she had to do two different appraisals for the dates listed above. She really did a good job! I would call her again in a heart beat if we needed an appraisal. This review is REALLY late in that at that time it was really hectic and I thought I had already posted the review. Sorry Penny!
Rated by
Laurie J.
was prompt for our appointment. Within 7 days of appointment, I received a detailed analysis as requested on the current value of my home. He answered questions" I had on the final paperwork and clarified all concerns. I would recommend
as a professional residential appraiser.

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Angie's Answers

Yes, but you won't like what will probably happen (this is a worst case scenario, hopefully you will avoid most):

The purpose for a building permit is to ensure meeting the minimum standards for construction practices and minimum safety standards.  A contractor who works without a permit, does so because they know they are not in compliance (and to save money at your expense).  They knew they should have had inspections and permits for their work.  Who ever built the addition should be reported to both the building official as well as the Better Business Bureau.  It is ultimately the homeowner who is responsible for ensuring the proper permits have been applied for, though.

So when you apply for your permit, you will be pretending as if the work is not completed (you do not hide this fact, you just have to follow the correct process as if it hadn't been built).  Your first stop will be with zoning; can you even add an addition, do you have the proper clearances from the side, front and rear property lines.  If it is a bedroom, does the septic system (perk test) support an additional bedroom.  If your building already meets or exceeds the amount of building allowed on the site or if you do not have the clearances required from the property line, your addition may be required to be removed.  There are appeal processes and variance requests you can try before tearing down the addition (Get an architect).

If your zoning review is fine, next you go to permitting.  Here you will submit plans (drawings) of what was built.  If you do not have these plans, consider hiring an Architect to generate As-Built drawings for this use.  Hopefully the plan review comes back with no changes, or you will alread know your addition is not in compliance and may face rebuilding.  Depending on the type of construction, your zoning and your local building requirements, you will be required to have inspections of your foundation / footings, the framing, the electrical, mechancial and HVAC systems, etc. affected by the work. 

This may require digging the ground back up so the inspector can confirm foundation depth, size and draingage requirements.  The interior wall finishes (gypsum board, panelling, etc) may have to be removed in some or all areas so the framing and electrical can be inspected (If one area fails, be prepared to pull all areas down).  At each inspection, if the work is found to be lacking, then you will have to correct the work before getting permission to use the room.  If there is an electrical or safety violation found, it is possible the Building Official could declare the entire property inhabitable until the offenses are corrected (IE you are homeless until it is fixed).

As you can see, you have to hope beyond belief that the builder constructed everything correctly and that the building officials will work with you to minimize the amount of deconstruction necessary to inspect the work.

Also, you will be charged all the fees associated with plan review and permitting, and you will be charged for each inspection visit (as your builder would have been charged initially had they followed the law).

As for value, here is the real concern:  If your home burns down or faces some similar disaster, your home owners insurance will balk at paying; they will blame the illegal construction as the cause.  As for the value of your building, not having a permit will make any buyer have a difficult time getting their own insurance, thus harder to sell.  The room itself will add value to your property, if it isn't a hazard (IE permitted). 

Also, taxes are based upon assessments, which use the land records.  Building without a permit, can be seen by local officials as an attempt to avoid paying property taxes, since the land records do not show the addition.  Until the official tax records reflect an accurate statement of your building, you may face fines, tax fees and other costs associated with the improvement depending upon how long it has been there unreported.

You may wish to contact a local, licensed Architect who works with the local building department.  They will know the personel, know which forms you need to fill out first and how to protect you from an overzealous Building Official (there are exceptions and options within the Code that the Building Official may forget or ignore that an Architect can request be used to prevent tear down or damage).  Next time you go to build get the Architect first to protect yourself from what this construction firm did to you.

Good luck!

     If you are having a friendly divorce you might want to know what doing the repairs would add to the sale price. I think your best bet would actually be to talk to a realtor as to what they think the difference would be. Then get a couple of estimates from a local contractor or contractors.

     Being in a divorce situation I would think sell as is and move on as quickly as you can. Renovation of a home can be a stress on a good marraige and it would probably be worse if in divorce proceedings.


Good luck Don


Real Estate Appraising reviews in Long Island City


We asked to get a professional appraisal of our home, as if we had a qualified buyer.
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promptly answered all our questions prior to engagement, performed a professional job with a full report and used reasonable comps (comparison houses). He turned the report around within 1 week. Aside from the professional service and product, we chose
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over others because of his extensive experience in the industry and local environment. Very pleased with the result and would recommend him to others.
- David L.

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was hired by my mortgage servicer to do an appraisal on my home to remove PMI. Unfortunately, he sorely missed the
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on his appraisal -- by close to $70,000!
My house is in a historic district which includes Mills Act which reduces property taxes. I have had 3 prior appraisals for the initial purchase and 2 refis, all three included an increase in valuation - Will said there is no increase which is incorrect. He failed to include 2 completely valid comps in my immediate neighborhood that would have reflected the correct true
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value. And his appraisal included a pending and an active listing as comps -- which is super sketchy. My immediate neighbors have a home that is the same size, bed/bath count and lot size which appraised just a month prior to my appraisal, and they came in $60,000 higher - that's not chump change or even just being off on some calculations. I called him to try to address these concerns, and he wouldn't return the calls. (Technically, I was not the "client" so I can understand the lack of response.) I disputed the appraisal with my mortgage servicer, and he stuck by his valuation. Being as from when he came out to the house, to when he had the report to the mortgage company, it looks like he spent absolutely no more than 4 hours total on the refi (and I mean between when he left my property and when he submitted the completed appraisal) it seems he's a churn and burn appraiser and rips through them as fast as possible without really making an effort to get accurate details on property valuations.
Even more telling, he did an appraisal for another customer with my mortgage servicer and he did the exact same thing to them - didn't use local valid comps that would provide a correct valuation. I suspect, but can't prove, that the mortgage company is encouraging low valuations and he shops comps to get the mortgage servicer what they want. Would recommend against using him.
- Brandon H.

It worked out perfectly. He arrived when he said he would. he was quick & thorough. His appraisal was very fair. He was a pleasure to work with and we were extremely happy with the outcome. We would rate him an A+ & definitely use him again in the future.
- marylee C.

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showed up, took maybe 20 photo's, practically ran through the house snapping picture in every room.
Then measured the outside for square footage
I live in a 3200sq.ft 4br 2ba house on 1 acre.
My neighbor lives in a 1br 1ba no furnace. it's for sale for $60,000
The other house on the other side is a duplex with squirrels living in it and a tree growing out of the 2nd story. $75,000
My home came in at a whopping $89,000 comparable to 1800sq.ft
Now I know what you're thinking. I would be too. I live in a crap house right?
Nope, I have a 4 car garage with a new roof and attic.
The house has a new kraftmaid custom kitchen, a 7x4 indoor jacuzzi tub in marble,
a 10 person outdoor jacuzzi with a 20x35 deck around it oh and pool
Every room is 15x18, and all new wiring & plumbing with 4 marble mantles!
I have italian fresco walls in my dining room with a 10x12 sistine chapel on the ceiling.
Every room has new carpet over hardwood floors, new windows, new furnace, brass radiator boiler system.
Yet this joker thinks it's comparable to low income government rental homes I wouldn't step foot in without a anthrax
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I facepalmed so hard I have a headache.
If you need something overlooked this is the right guys to call!
I'm sure there are scenarios that this would come in handy.
Just not my case.
- William C.

Was appointed executor of a relative's estate. Had no idea of value of his older home in
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as I don't live near there. Called
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as he was close to where I live and had excellent ratings. Arrived on time and was very personable. We sat and talked about the house for awhile, me mostly pointing out what I thought were detriments to selling the home. He turned those concerns around showing me how they could be pluses. Very impressed and grateful for that. Will now be able to put on
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without considering going without a realtor or going with a "flip and sell" company. Put together a package with pictures, comparable neighborhood sales with pics, Wonderful, wonderful job. Definitely use again.
- Lois F.

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was hired by the Veteran's Administration (at our expense) to perform an appraisal on a townhouse the we were under contract to purchase at $185,000.00.

- The appraiser initially submitted the appraisal on a condo form, not a townhouse form and was asked to resubmit by our lender.

- The appraiser appraised the unit we were trying to purchase $20,000.00 below the agreed upon price. On page 2 of the appraisal, in the appraiser's summary, he states "most consideration was given to comparable sale 3 as it is located in the same project as the subject property." Comp 3 (
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#29-12-32-1210-00000-0090) sold in February 2014 for $140,000.00. The appraiser did not use a unit, four doors down (Unit 42 -
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#29-12-32-1210-00000-0420) and IDENTICAL to the unit we were under contract to purchase that sold on 2
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2014 for $185,000.00. We brought this to the attention of our lender, who contacted the appraiser and requested that he readdress. He flatly refused resulting in us losing our dream home.

We are also requesting a refund of the $425.00 dollars for the sub standard service that Mr.
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performed. His neglect has negatively impacted us, the sellers, as well as both real estate agents. This is unacceptable.

We filed a formal complaint with the Veterans Administration Home Loan Division, St. Petersburg Florida.(Staff Appraisers Division)

Please contact us if you need more information regarding this matter.


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- rick P.

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was prompt and efficient with his analysis and subsequent report on my parents' property. I would recommend his services to anyone needing the services of an appraiser.
- Diane V.

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4 Sale By Johanna

214-51 Jamaica New York
Queens Village


514 Middle Country Road
Middle Island

AMG Legacy Planning

10100 W Sample Rd

Apex Financial Network

151 South Munn Ave, Ste 2F

Appraisal Valuations

14 South St Unit 4

Appraiser, Ken Rossman

7769 Caprio Drive

BungoBox - Manhattan

56 New Hook Rd

Cafe Nunez

240 west 35th
New York


Long Island City

Certified Court Reporting,Inc.

1600 Calebs Path ext

Christopher Greco Appraisal Services, Inc

271 North Avenue
New Rochelle

Claim Solvers

P.O. Box 140117

Cusack Appraisals

87-42 Van Wyck Expressway
Richmond Hill





Elite Restaurant Equipment

153 21st St


4566 162ND ST

Express Real Estate Appraisals

108 Holbrook Road


United Kingdom
New York

Free Modification Services, Inc

P.O. Box 4740
New Windsor

Friedman Associates II LLC

36 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry


237 First Avenue
New York


480 Passaic Street


2338 Surrey Lane

Homesite Realty, Inc.

86 Ross Avenue
Staten Island

Inspector Holmes Home Inspections

Horizon View Drive



Jack Arnt Appraisals

411 Alpine Ter

L Ellis Appraisals

738 Fillmore Rd
East Meadow

Level Line Construction

22-55 31st street

Liebert Associates

401 E 77th St
New York


4212 28TH ST
Long Island City

MB Appraisal, Inc

781 Pelham Rd
New Rochelle

MHK & Associates, LLC

641 Shunpike Rd.


PO Box 341068


7711 13TH AVE

New York Appraisal One, Inc.

168 Golf Lane


White Plains




103-20 116th Street
New York City


6419 18TH AVE

Primo Home Inspections

3 St Marks Pl
Roslyn Heights

R & M Appraisal Reports, Inc.

8806 Little Neck Pkwy
Floral Park

R3 Realty Appraisals

139 Split Cedar Dr

Seven County Appraisal Services, Inc.

62 Main Street
Dobbs Ferry



Summit Appraisal Services, Inc

278 Thompson Avenue



Valued Realty Services LLC

16 Dellacona Rd

Vital Abstract LLC

2088 US Hwy 130 North



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