Disciplinary actions: Appraisers

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

June 2016

Timothy Williams – Eagle, Idaho

  • Findings:
    • Home licensing state permanently revoked and considerably fined the Appraiser’s license for significant violations to include:
      • Misrepresenting his identity by entering into a computer bid system using names and passwords of his competitors for the purpose of outbidding the competitors on appraisal bids.
      • Falsely represented in he had personally inspected the subject properties, when he had not performed an inspection.
      • Incorrectly reported the availability of sewer services for a mixed-use property.
  • Action: License revoked for 3 years.

Charles Schroeder — Monroe

  • Findings:
    • Failed to comply with Scope of Work requirements as agreed to with client(s).
    • Failed to maintain complete workfile(s) that contained data, analysis or documentation to support adjustments, opinions, and conclusions contained in the appraisal reports.
    • Made a series of errors, in the aggregate affected the credibility of appraisal reports.
    • Failed to accurately identify the physical and legal characteristics of the subject.
    • Failed to report, analyze and/or adjust any impact of high voltage power lines that ran the length of a comparable sale.
    • Provided appraisal reports that were misleading to include inaccurately reporting a transaction as "arms length"; preparing an appraisal "subject to completion per plans & specifications" without obtaining and/or reviewing plans and specifications.
  • Action: Suspended 2 years, all stayed (not imposed) for 5 years, Fined $3,500, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course.

May 2016

Peter Coulton — Lakewood

  • Findings:
    • Made a series of errors, in the aggregate affected the credibility of an appraisal report.
    • Failed to maintain a complete workfile.
    • Failed to accurately identify the physical and legal characteristics of the subject property .
    • Failed to correctly employ recognized methods and techniques in the sales comparison approach to value when making adjustments for sales/financing, date of sale/time, location, site size, view amenities, design, quality of construction, condition, outbuildings and amenities.
  • Action: Suspended 2 years, all stayed (not imposed) for 5 years, Fined $3,500, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course.

April 2016

Randall Lam — Beaverton, Oregon

  • Findings:
    • Failed to respond to Department's inquiry.
    • Failed to respond to Department's statement of charges.
  • Action: Revoked for 3 years.

Wai Samson Liu — Renton

  • Findings:
    • Failed to satisfy assignment conditions.
    • Failed to accurately report borrower name, file number and lender in an appraisal.
    • Failed to provide data, support or analysis in appraisal or workfile for adjustments.
    • Failed to accurately report sales price of a comparable resulting in a $194,000 error.
    • Failed to accurately report data concerning comparable sales.
    • Failed to maintain a complete workfile.
  • Action: Suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 2 years, fined $2,000, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course.

Todd Sherwood — Everett

  • Findings:
    • Failed to satisfy assignment conditions.
    • Failed to utilize recognized methods and techniques in the completion of an appraisal report.
    • Failed to provide data, support or analysis in appraisal or workfile for adjustments or lack of adjustments for differences in quality, condition, ADU's, and waterfront footage.
    • Failed to provide data, support, or analysis in the appraisal or workfile for the exact same quality rating designation given for the subject and comparable sales that had recognizable differences.
    • Failed to maintain a complete workfile.
  • Action: Suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, fined $2,500, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course.

Cassandra Galland — Selah

  • Findings:
    • Failed to utilize recognized methods and techniques regarding adjustments for differences between the subject and comparable sales.
    • Failed to accurately analyze and report comparable sales data to include omitting waterfront amenities, large outbuildings, and unobstructed river and mountain views.
    • Failed to support lack of adjustments for differences between subject and comparable sales.
    • Failed to maintain a complete workfile.
  • Action: Suspended for 1 year, 30 days actual suspension with 335 days stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, Fined $3,000, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

March 2016

David Van Liew — Shoreline

  • Findings:
    • Prepared an appraisal report for real property that exceeded the scope of his appraiser license.
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property zoning and restrictive covenant that impacted the subject’s use.
    • Failed to accurately describe the comparable sales utilized to develop the appraisal opinion of the subject property.
    • Failed to adequately analyze and report the highest and best use of the subject property.
  • Action: Suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, Fined $2,500, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use course.

William S. Burns — Seattle

  • Findings:
    • Failed to personally inspect the subject property.
    • Failed to disclose previous appraisal services provided regarding the subject property.
    • Failed to disclose the professional assistance received in development and reporting of the appraisal opinions of real property.
    • Failed to adequately supervise an appraiser trainee and aided and abetted unlicensed activity.
    • Misrepresented material facts to assist an appraiser trainee to obtain an appraiser credential.
  • Action: Suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, Fined $3,000.

Dorothy Strand Gorman — Bellevue

  • Findings:
    • Failed to accurately report above grade living area of subject property.
    • Failed to support large line item adjustments for differences between subject properties and comparable sales.
    • Failed to comply with Scope of Work.
    • Failed to accurately employ recognized methods in rating and adjusting for differences in condition between the subject and comparable sales.
    • Failed to maintain a complete workfile.
  • Action: Suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, Fined $2,500, and ordered to complete a 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course.

Selena Harris — Sultan

  • Findings:
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property Failed to satisfy assignment conditions.
    • Failed to accurately describe subject property ales history.
    • Failed to provide support for adjustments or lack of adjustments for differences between subject and comparable sales.
    • Failed to accurately describe comparable sale.
    • Failed to cooperate with the Department’s investigation.
    • Copied significant portions of an appraisal report prepared by another appraiser including cost approach, text addendum and statistics and comments in the market conditions addendum.
    • Failed to accurately report the gross living area of a comparable sale.
    • Failed to follow or execute the Scope of Work.
    • Failed to disclose a comparable was a bankruptcy sale.
    • Failed to maintain complete work files.
  • Action: License Revoked for 3 years.

James Hatch — Woodinville

  • Finding: Provided appraisal assistance while unlicensed to perform appraisal services.
  • Action: Fined $1,500.

Kristen Chandler — Arlington

  • Finding: Supervised an Appraiser Trainee that was unlicensed to perform appraisal services for multiple appraisal assignments.
  • Action: Fined $1,500 and ordered to successfully complete a course in supervising the appraiser trainee.

Robert Gordon — Marysville

  • Finding: Supervised an Appraiser Trainee that was unlicensed to perform appraisal services for multiple appraisal assignments.
  • Action: Fined $1,500 and ordered to successfully complete a course in supervising the appraiser trainee.

John Martinez — Bellingham

  • Findings:
    • Failed to personally inspect the subject property.
    • Failed to disclose prior sale of the subject within 3 years preceding the appraisal.
    • Failed to disclose previous appraisal services.
    • Failed to use current photographs.
    • Failed to identify assistance of anyone in the preparation of the appraisal.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, Fined $1,500, and ordered to successfully complete a 15–Hour USPAP course.

November 2015

Mark Valko — Olympia

  • Findings:
    • Failed to discuss Subdivision water rights in scope of work to prepare an appraisal report for the subject property.
    • Failed to disclose previous services provided regarding the subject property.
    • Provided appraisal report to client with incorrect report date.
    • Failed to clearly describe report type.
    • Failed to support bulk lot discount adjustment.
    • Provided appraisal report to client with conflicting yield rates.
    • Failed to mention or support debt–equity ratios and yields contained in appraisal.
  • Action: Suspended 1 year, all stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, and ordered to successfully complete a Subdivision Valuation course.

September 2015

William C. Millett — East Wenatchee

  • Findings:
    • Unreasonable lack of due diligence in preparing multiple appraisal reports.
    • Negligent and/or incompetent preparation of multiple appraisal reports.
    • Failure to utilize recognized appraisal methods to prepare multiple appraisal reports.
    • Failure to support analyses and conclusions made in multiple appraisal reports.
  • Action: License revoked 5 years.

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