Not All Appraisers are Equal !!!

American Society of Appraisers designates members AM or ASA, who are tested to appraise a specific type of property:  (

  • Antiques & Decorative Arts
  • Fine Arts
  • Gems & Jewelry
  • Oriental Rugs
  • Books
  • Automobiles
  • Equines
  • Residential Contents
  • American Indian Arts
  • Machinery & Equipment
  • and more !

International Society of Appraisers (ISA) members earn their CAPPs (Certified Appraiser of Personal Property) designations in specific types of property.  (

Appraiser’s Association of America (AAA) has a website listing their members ( who appraise personal property.

If you are uncertain about the quality of someone’s work, ask to see a sample report. 

Credentialled or not, the appraisal’s narrative must convey clearly why the value is appropriate for the document’s intended use, as of the date of valuation.

“Trust me documents” don’t cut it any longer.

Corinne Cain, ASA  Personal Property/ Fine Arts as well as American Indian Arts

Corinne Cain of

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