We are a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA), Certified Personal Property Appraiser. We can conduct all types of chattel appraisals, typically for refinancing, divorces, estate settlements, estate planning, business liquidation, farm sales, and insurance valuation.
We have a completely computerized program for developing the appraisal that will satisfy bankers, lawyers, estate specialists, insurance companies, and judges.
Being a member of the CAGA allows us access to one of the best networking programs in the country, offering a significant benefit to our clients.
A National Appraisal Organization
Part of the Missouri Auction School, the Certified Appraisers Guild of America is a professional accrediting organization providing certification of personal property appraisers. With members in 49 states and 6 Canadian provinces, the CAGA is North America's #1 trainer of personal property appraisers. On an annual basis, the CAGA trains more personla property appraisers than any other organization in North America. The Guild has been instrumental in helping to standardize the personal property appraisal profession. The members of the CAGA form a network of valuable appraisal contacts throughout the United States and Canada.
Each member is required to attend professional training and pass a comprehensive exam before becoming certified. No one is allowed to be a member of the CAGA without completing the certification program. There are no "grandfathered" or "associate" members that have not completed the training and exam. Each member has completed the coursework required to be certified by the Guild. All reports are USPAP compliant.
The training each member is required to complete includes the Uniform Standards of Personal Property Appraisal Practice and Appraisal Report Writing. Special areas of emphasis in training include Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate & gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, and casulty loss appraisals. In addition, each member is required to attend a courtroom expert witness seminar with special emphasis on appraisals for courts and testifying in court.
The Certified Appraisers Guild of America confers the professional membership designation of CAGA to recognize the completion of an Appraiser's certification educaiton. Members are professionals who have completed the certification processs. In addition, the members have made a commitment to the CAGA's Code of Professional Ethics and the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisers Practice.
Who Needs An Appraiser?
- Person settling an estate
- Divorce settlement
- Insuring valuables - antiques, guns, jewelry, artwork, collectibles
- Person wanting to make equal value division
- Anyone who has experienced a loss from theft or damage to property
What We Can Do
- Thorough inspection of items wanting appraised
- Make notes about items that include any markings and condition of item
- Note any damage to items
- Photograph items
- Review item information & try to find sales of similar items
- Compile a report that includes a description, price, and photos