Disciplinary actions: Appraisers

For details about many of these disciplinary actions, please see Search business and professional licenses.

February 2014

John Trueman — Fircrest

  • Finding:
    • Aided and abetted an unlicensed person to practice as an appraiser trainee when a license is required.
  • Action: Fined $3,000.

January 2014

Jeffrey Sherwood — Monroe

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately report square footage of subject property.
    • Failed to accurately analyze comparable sales.
    • Failed to use appropriate comparable sales.
    • Failed to show data or analysis in the appraisal or workfile for traffic counts.
  • Action: Fined $1,500, and ordered to take a Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use course.

Surinder-Pal Khela — Renton

  • Finding:
    • Failed to disclose personal interest in the subject property.
    • Failed to correctly identify characteristics of the subject relevant to type and definition of value and intended use including location, physical, legal and economic attributes.
    • Failed to disclose he lacked training or experience to perform the appraisal assignment.
  • Action: License Revoked for 3 years.

December 2013

Alison Fua — Buckley

  • Finding: Failed to accurately describe the subject property and maintain a complete work file.
  • Action: Ordered to successfully complete a 15-hour USPAP course, and fined $2,500.

Stanalee Wright — Malott

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately report the site size of the subject property.
    • Failed to make adjustments for age differences.
    • Failed to support condition rating.
    • Failed to make adjustments for quality of construction differences.
    • Failed to accurately report the zoning classification of the subject property.
    • Failed to maintain a complete and accurate work file.
  • Action: Ordered to successfully complete a Vacant Land course and a Residential Sales Comparisons course, and fined $1,500.

November 2013

Cameron Ness — Westport

  • Finding:
    • Failed to report an accurate legal description.
    • Failed to accurately describe a steep rolling topography.
    • Failed to maintain a complete work file.
    • Appraisal report failed to contain sufficient data to enable intended users to understand the report.
    • Appraisal report failed to contain a signed certification.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 6 months, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $1,000.
    • Ordered to successfully complete a 15-hour USPAP course.

Michael Wearne — Seattle

  • Finding: Conducted unlicensed appraisal-related activity as an appraiser trainee.
  • Action: Fined $3,000.

October 2013

William C. Monahan — Turner, Oregon

  • Finding: Appraiser license in another state surrendered in lieu of discipline.
  • Action: License revoked for 3 years.

September 2013

Kimberly Ruff — Portland, Oregon

  • Finding: Failed to report revocation of appraiser license in another state, and failed to respond to our investigation.
  • Action: License revoked for 10 years.

August 2013

Derrick Criss — Bremerton

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
    • Failed to support the cost approach.
    • Failed to select comparables that were similar to the subject property.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $3,000.
    • Ordered to take a Sales Comparison course.

Ian Heimbegner — Portland, OR

  • Finding: Failed to respond to our investigation.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year or until we receive a response, whichever is longer.

Patrick McKinney — Maple Valley

  • Finding:
    • Significant discrepancies between subject and comparables’ waterfront amenities unexplained.
    • Failed to support abstraction method used to develop the cost approach.
    • Failed to accurately report form of analysis for adjustments or conclusions.
    • Failed to support adjustments.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 6 months, stayed (not imposed) for 1 year.
    • Fined $2,500.
    • Ordered to take a Appraising Waterfront Properties course.

Michael McMurtry Kelly — Leavenworth

  • Finding: Failed to complete continuing education for license renewal, and claimed incomplete continuing education course at online license renewal.
  • Action: License suspended for 6 months, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and fined $3,000.

July 2013

Hane B. Chalk — Lake Stevens

  • Finding:
    • Sales Comparables used were not comparable, and no or inadequate adjustments were made.
    • Didn’t identify or consider wetlands encumbering subject properties.
    • Failed to accurately describe subject properties.
  • Action:
    • Licensed suspended 1 year with 6 months imposed (July 19, 2013 – January 19, 2014) and 6 months stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $1,500.
    • Ordered to take a Sales Comparable course.

June 2013

Marvin T. Palanuk — Grand Coulee

  • Finding:
    • Failed to maintain a complete and accurate work file.
    • Failed to state what type of appraisal the report was prepared as.
    • Failed to contain signed certifications.
    • Failed to use recognized methodology for development and reporting value.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and fined $1,500.

May 2013

Payam Parang — Kirkland

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
    • Failed to support lump sum adjustments made for ADUs on comparable sales.
    • Failed to report a comparable sale as a distressed sale.
    • Failed to make adjustments for road noise on comparable sales.
    • Made incorrect calculations for square footage differences.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $1,500.
    • Ordered to take a Comparable Sales course.

April 2013

Wade La Vigne — Mead

  • Finding: Failed to report criminal convictions to us.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.

Lori Sorrell — Tacoma

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
    • Failed to adjust comparables for condition of subject property.
    • Failed to maintain a complete work file.
    • Failed to analyze all the necessary data.
    • Provided false documents to us.
  • Action:
    • License suspended 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 5 years.
    • Fined $3,500.
    • Ordered to take a Comparable Sales course and a 15 hour USPAP course.

Larry Sowle — Everett

  • Finding: Supervised an unlicensed appraiser trainee who assisted and significantly contributed to the preparation of multiple appraisal reports.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and fined $2,500.

March 2013

E.C. Butch Macoubrie — Federal Way

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
    • Failed to provide data or support for combining square footage of subject’s main dwelling unit and additional dwelling unit.
    • Failed to adjust for site size difference between subject and a comparable.
    • Failed to accurately report distance between subject and a comparable.
    • Failed to accurately identify square footage of comparables garages and shops.
    • Failed to make accurate adjustments for square footage of comparables garages and shops.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $2,500.
    • Ordered to successfully completed a Sales Comparison course.

Matt Stephens — Ellensburg

  • Finding:
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
    • Failed to maintain a complete work file.
    • Used an incorrect flood map for the subject property.
    • Failed to accurately describe the zoning of the subject property.
    • Failed to accurately develop the cost approach.
    • Failed to use appropriate comparable sales.
    • Failed to accurately report the parcel number of the subject property.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $2,500.
    • Ordered to successfully completed a Comparable Sales course.

Thomas Welbaum — Gig Harbor

  • Finding:
    • Failed to maintain a complete work file.
    • Failed to support adjustments pertaining to comparable sales.
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
  • Action: Fined $2,000.

February 2013

Lillian Love — Adna

  • Finding:
    • Failed to use appropriate comparable sales.
    • Failed to support adjustments pertaining to comparable sales.
    • Failed to support cost approach for the subject property.
  • Action:
    • License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.
    • Fined $1,500.
    • Ordered to successfully completed a Comparable Sales course.
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