Appraisal Review and Compliance

An appraisal review is an appraisal of an appraisal.

An Appraisal Review tests the credibility of an appraisal and the appraiser. Appraisal Reviews require highly-trained—highly-skilled—highly-credentialed disciplie-specific and multidisciplinary review appraisers with decades of experience that are specifically trained and accredited in providing review appraisals and in developing and reporting differing opinions-of-value, rebuttal appraisals, and appraisal expert witness testimony.

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An Elite-Rated member of the peer-voted Super Appraisers® Global Network of internationally-recognized appraisal luminaries.

Prevailing in billions-of-dollars at issue in some of the world’s most important—high-profile—and valuable valuation-related cases.
EDS holds the only Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Appraisal Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) and Expert Witness Accreditation Service (EWAS) Certifications in the United States and the Americas—one of only a handful of such certifications in the world.

EDS pioneered the appraisal review profession and directed the development, writing, and implementation of the review appraisal Principals of Valuation and best practices that are taught to and in use today by professional valuers, legal experts, and government agencies throughout-the-world. Our review appraisal services have allowed our clients’ to prevail in billions-of-dollars at issue, and our review appraisals have been cited by U.S. regulators as “The measure by which all review appraisals should be judged.”

Our discipline-specific and multidisciplinary review appraisers are internationally accredited ASA/MAI/RICS appraisal instructors and well-published luminaries in the global valuation community. They include Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and International Valuation Standards (IVS) and RICS ‘Red Book’ instructors, Value Adjustment Board (VAB) Magistrates, and former state and federal appraisal regulatory compliance officers.

We provide appraisal reviews in all disciplines of appraisal and asset classes, tangible and intangible, i.e., Real Property, Business Valuation, Intellectual Property, Personal Property, and Machinery and Technical Services to clients throughout-the-world. EDS specializes in providing appraisal expert witness testimony and litigation-support services to attorneys and law firms and, in providing appraisal related Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services as Arbitrator, Mediator, Umpire, and Referee.

Our appraisal reviews analyze, evaluate and report matters pertinent to the subject appraisal’s: (1) Completeness of the material under review, (2) Adequacy and relevance of the data, including the propriety of adjustments (if any) to the data, (3) Appropriateness of the appraisal methods and techniques used, (4) Whether the analyses, opinions, and conclusions are appropriate and reasonable, i.e., credible, (5) conformity with applicable appraisal development and reporting standards required of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) / International Valuations Standards (IVS) / RICS Red Book, and Basel Accords, (6) the professional qualifications and licensing requirements of the reporting appraiser(s), (7) compliance with applicable state and federal-U.S. Regulatory 75 FR 77450 Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines, (8) compliance with any and all other applicable standards, guidelines, rules and regulations that apply as of the Effective Date of the subject appraisal under review.

EDS appraisal reviews are independent and objective and render credible findings that will withstand challenges and scrutiny from peer reviews, regulatory, judicial and taxing authorities.

The Intended Use and Scope-of-Work of the appraisal review determine the level of complexity and the cost of the report.

Real property is defined as all the interests, benefits, rights and encumbrances inherent in the ownership of physical real estate. There are several specialties in real property: urban, residential, rural, timber and ad valorem (property tax). Real property appraisal reviews include services for use in real estate acquisition and disposition, lending, insurance, estate taxes, property taxes, and eminent domain (condemnation), conservation easements, and leasehold interests.

EDS’ internationally accredited ASA/RICS Business Valuation experts review appraisals of the value of businesses, business ownership interests, ESOP’s, and securities for businesses of all sizes. We also review the value of specific intangible business assets such as patents, trademarks, employment agreements, copyrights, and goodwill.

Intellectual property is any product of the human intellect that the law protects from unauthorized use by others. Intellectual property is traditionally comprised of four categories: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.

EDS’ internationally accredited Machinery and Technical Services experts perform appraisal reviews of market or liquidation value appraisals for various purposes such as sale, acquisition, ad valorem tax, eminent domain, conservation easement, collateralization, and insurance or residual forecasting.

EDS’ internationally accredited Personal Property experts provide appraisal reviews of tangible, movable property that is utilitarian, collectible, decorative or a combination of the three for specific purposes such as insurance, estate tax, damage claims, donation, sale, dissolution of marriage and equitable distribution.

A comprehensive review of an appraisal involving two or more components of Real Property, Business Valuation, Intellectual Property, Machinery and Equipment and Technical Services, and Personal Property.