The Book: Risk Management for Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal Firms

By Peter T. Christensen, Esq. with contributing author Claudia L. Gaglione, Esq. (Published by the Appraisal Institute (2019), 230 pages.)

The book gives practical guidance about how to manage liability risk associated with appraisal work and the operation of appraisal firms. It’s not an academic treatise or a guide for lawyers defending (or bringing) claims against appraisers. Rather, it provides realistic, effective suggestions about how to manage risk. The topics range from avoiding appraisal negligence claims to addressing employee non-compete agreements and confidentiality issues.

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Do you want to know more about what’s in the book? You can download the table of contents and introduction here:

The real world cases are interesting! The first lawsuit in the book concerns an appraisal of a property called The Resort at Squaw Creek — adjacent to the Squaw Valley ski area. During negotiations to restructure the resort’s debt, someone left a copy of the 400-page appraisal report performed for the lender in a vacant room at the hotel. A housekeeper found it and a copy made its way to the hotel management company and its president (a well-known hotelier). They were upset when they read that the appraiser described their management as “incompetent” and opined that the resort would be worth $18 million more if properly managed. What happens when the company and its president sue the appraiser for negligence and defamation? . . . in chapter 2 of the book.