Hot Button There were fifty-six soon-to-be-Americans who signed off on the Declaration of Independence. Don’t worry; this isn’t history class. We won’t ask you to name them all… But we will ask you to guess the name of the signer whose NON- Declaration signature brings in more than $100,000.00 at auction! It’s not who you think…not JohnHancock, […]

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It may seem like a silly question, but often the silly questions are the best.  What exactly is an appraisal? The answer and its consequences may surprise you, whether you are a professional appraiser, one that uses appraisal services, or just an interested third party. According to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, an […]

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Appraisal Dates

Most of us know that every appraisal has a few dates that must be declared in every report-whether it is written or oral. USPAP requires two while other organizations, like ISA, may require more. These dates provide the chronological context of the assignment and must be stated so that both the client and any intended user understand what has happened.

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Silver Plate or Silverplate?

          By Leon Castner, ISA CAPP      For reasons not quite understood, the early English word plate was used to describe “solid” silver.  (It was not to describe a dish to eat off of at the table.)  So, when one hears or sees the phrase English plate, it refers to […]

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A Unique Experience in Philadelphia

by Karen S. Murray A visit to the Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia is not to be missed. It is unlike any other art museum you have experienced, with its eclectic collection of impressionist paintings mixed in and displayed along with artifacts, antique furniture, ceramics, sculpture, folk art, and more. It is the vision of […]

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By Leon Castner, Senior Partner, NAC Having an insurance appraisal done for proper coverage of selected property in one’s house is a relatively easy process.  The appraiser needs to know what items should be listed and valued, what documents exist that relate to the property, and a hassle-free way to photograph, measure, and examine it.   […]

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~About Clocks, Calendars & Timepieces~ There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.  ~Malcolm Forbes Timepieces and calendars are the instruments that measure existence. They can be very simple like a stick in a circle (or a primitive sundial), or extremely complex like a modern chronograph. They can go with us as we travel […]

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Find a Qualified Tangible Personal Property Appraiser By: Brian Kathenes, ISA, CAPP Managing Partner, National Appraisal Consultants, LLC Appraisals satisfy a variety of needs and legal requirements. At some point in our lives (or at perhaps at the end of it) we will all need the services of an appraiser. How well this appraiser provides […]

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