Disciplinary actions: Appraisers

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September 2014

Adina Sowle — Everett

  • Finding: Failed to accurately use the allocation method to assign a land value.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years and ordered to successfully complete a Cost Approach course.

Donald Ethington — Lakewood

  • Findings:
    • Provided fraudulent and erroneous proof of insurance to a client.
    • Failed to notify the Department of an address change.
    • Completed 370 appraisals during the 3 year period the fraudulent documents represented.
  • Action: License suspended for 18 months, 90 day actual suspension (from 09/15/2014 to 12/15/2014), remaining 15 months stayed (not imposed) for 3 years; fined $2,500 and ordered to successfully complete an Ethics course.

August 2014

Thomas Schideler — Spokane

  • Finding: Workfile failed to contain adequate data or analysis to support the sales comparison and cost approach methods.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years; fined $1,000 and ordered to successfully complete Residential Site Valuation and Cost Approach, and Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach courses.

May 2014

Kevin Hildebrandt — Pembroke Pines, Florida

  • Finding:
    • Failed to maintain a workfile
    • Prepared an appraisal report beyond the scope of his appraisal license.
    • Failed to include a signed certification with the appraisal.
    • Failed to accurately describe the subject property.
  • Action: Fined $1,500, license suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years.

Jered McMillan — Snohomish

  • Finding: Workfile failed to contain adequate evidence or analysis to support the sales comparison and cost approach methods.
  • Action: Ordered to successfully complete a 15-hour USPAP class and a Land Comparables course.

Connie Sue Mielcarek — Kent

  • Finding:
    • Failed to provide support, analysis, or data to support combining square footage of separate buildings.
    • Failed to accurately analyze and report a non-conforming additional dwelling unit.
    • Failed to use comparable sales that were similar to the subject property.
    • Failed to support site size adjustments.
  • Action: License suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, ordered to take a Comparable Sales course.

April 2014

Kathy DeMent — Spokane

  • Finding:
    • Failed to analyze and report listing history of the subject.
    • Failed to support conclusions in an updated appraisal.
    • Failed to use comparables similar to subject.
    • Failed to provide data, analysis, or support for adjustments.
  • Action: Fined $1,500, license suspended for 1 year, stayed (not imposed) for 3 years, ordered to take 15 Hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP); Basic Appraisal Principles; and Practical Application of the Cost Approach.

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.
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