It’s unfortunately gotten so bad with people trying to blame their problems on appraisers that appraisers now even get the blame when the problem relates to a BPO done by a real estate agent.

Some evidence of this fact comes from a local headline and article yesterday in a Hudson Valley, New York news source.  The headline reads “Appraiser pockets $8k diamond from Yorktown home, police say.”  The article then goes on to explain that Ms. Melanie Alvarez, “[a] real estate agent from Pleasantville is due in Town Court tonight to answer charges that she stole a $8,500 diamond ring from a Juniper Drive home while conducting an appraisal, police said today.” Another article from a different paper similarly reads: “Melanie A. Alvarez, 54, is charged with grand larceny; she is alleged to have stolen a diamond ring and other jewelry while conducting a real estate appraisal.”  (I added the emphasis in each quote.) 

There are so many things wrong here.

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Peter Christensen

I am an attorney and principal of the Christensen Law Firm. The matters that I handle and the clients whom I serve are focused on valuation services. My work ranges from the regulatory and structural details of providing valuation services to professional liability and disciplinary issues.