Archive for August, 2009

ASA Responds to Treasury Dept. ‘Making Home Affordable’ Program

TweetReleased: March 6, 2009 HERNDON, Va. – The nation’s leading professional appraisal organizations (the American Society of Appraisers; the Appraisal Institute; the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers), representing 35,000 real property appraisers in the U.S., released the following statement in response to today’s release […]

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Reliable Valuations Of Mortgaged Properties Are Key to Success of Administration’s Foreclosure Relief Plan

TweetReleased: February 23, 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The nation’s four largest organizations of professional real estate appraisers—the Appraisal Institute, American Society of Appraisers, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, and National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers—delivered the second of two letters to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner urging the Administration to protect homeowners and […]

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Appraisers Recommend Caution When Selling Gold Jewelry for Cash

TweetReleased: February 12, 2009 RESTON, Va. — The price of gold is once again selling at near all-time high prices. That combined with tough economic times has many people anxious to take advantage of high prices by selling their gold for scrap. The American Society of Appraisers cautions consumers to learn the ropes before jumping […]

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Appraisal Organizations Oppose Proposed Banking Agencies’ “Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines”; Urge That They Be Withdrawn and Greatly Strengthened

TweetReleased: January 23, 2009 HERNDON, Va.—The American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA) have filed written comments with the federal bank regulatory agencies which “strongly object” to the proposed federal Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines. The three professional […]

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Avoid IRS Scrutiny with Proper Year-End Tax Deduction Planning

TweetReleased: November 26, 2008 HERNDON, Va. — Historical indications tell us, says the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, that despite the dismal economy this holiday season, a majority of people will still make charitable contributions. Charity Navigator notes that 50 percent of all charitable giving is done between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. “This […]

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Appraisers Offer Advice To People Looking To Cash in Their Antiques and Collectibles

TweetReleased: October 8, 2008 “I have recently had a number of calls from people who are thinking about selling valuables, but don’t know what their items are worth or how to go about selling them,” said Susan M. Golashovsky, accredited senior appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers. “There are a wide range of places […]

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Tips for Hiring and Working with an Appraiser

TweetKnow When To Get Something Appraised Make sure you have valuable items appraised for insurance purposes. You may want to add a rider to your homeowner’s insurance to cover them. Are you donating an item to charity? If its value is more than $5,000, you will need an appraisal to prove its value for the […]

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Top Reasons Every Company Should Have a Business Valuation

Tweet1. Know what your company is worth. Many business owners have no idea what their business is worth; and if they think they know, they are probably wrong. Sentiment often gets in the way of good judgment. For a fair and independent opinion, CEOs and owners should obtain a professional business valuation. 2. Understand where […]

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Tips for Enhancing the Value of Your Car

TweetThe American Society of Appraisers highlights the top 10 steps consumers can take to help ensure the value of their car. “Cars are usually the second largest purchase for most people, right after their house,” said Dave Kinney, accredited senior appraiser with the American Society of Appraisers (ASA). “It makes sense to take care of […]

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Estate Planning Tips for Personal Property

Tweet1. Collect and assemble as much background information as possible on each piece of property, including sales receipts, details of how you acquired each piece and the provenance or history of the piece. 2. Make sure you include an appraisal consultation with an accredited appraiser like those belonging to the American Society of Appraisers in […]

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