Dispute Resolution Appraisals

James is a court approved expert appraiser who assists in conflicts such as divorce, IRS or Probate hearings, eminent domain, property tax, construction defects, and the like.

Divorces and other disputes often require a determination of fair market value for the real estate involved. And when the separation date differs from the date you order the appraisal, a retrospective appraisal is required. We are familiar with the procedures and requirements necessary to perform a retroactive appraisal with an effective date and Fair Market Value estimate matching the date of divorce. We provide appraisal reports that easily meet the requirements of the courts and various agencies.

The ethics provision within the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) binds us with confidentiality, ensuring the fullest degree of discretion.

Who we helped recently
  • Ebert Real Estate Services was hired to assist a CPA, whose client had four homes in a trust. They were trying to determine dated historical market value for estate and trust planning.  James was able to quickly and effectively develop the historical market values and rental rates needed, within two weeks’ time.
  • Successfully refuted an IRS challenge for rental income of a Southern California home.
  • We were part of a team that settled a four year divorce dispute, involving six residential properties, requiring valuations from four different points in time.
  • Convinced a reluctant future ex-spouse that the home's value was $1,000,000 higher than what he was initially suggesting.
  • A client’s property tax bill was reduced by $9000 annually when we successfully appealed the county assessor’s valuation of a home that had lost value during the recession.

With our experience and proven track record we are ready to take on any type of appraisal assignment and our appraisal values stand up under the most severe scrutiny. We strive to the highest ethical standards possible.  We cannot, by law, do assignments on contingency fees.  You can be assured of 100% ethical, professional service.

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