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Rick Garrie

Richard has more than 20 years of residential valuation experience. His primary role at United States Appraisals is leading the Quality Assurance team – he assists appraisers with completing complex assignments, supervises the internal review staff, works with clients and appraisers to mediate appraisal disputes and provides training and guidance on compliance. Richard also works with Washington, D.C. law firms Ballard Spahr, LLP and Patton Boggs, LLP to stay up-to-date on all new and emerging regulatory appraisal guidelines. Prior to joining our team, Richard spent eight years as a branch manager with Forsythe Appraisals, LLC where he launched the company’s first Florida branch in Orlando, and developed and implemented policies and procedures to start successful branches in Tampa and Las Vegas. He also served as a staff appraiser in the Cass County MO Assessor’s Office and briefly ran his own appraisal company. Richard is FHA certified and was the first appraiser in the country certified in the Collateral Valuation Report. Prior to entering the appraisal industry. Richard spent four years in the United States Air Force.

Recent Posts

Solar Panels and Their Impact on Home Value

Posted by Rick Garrie on Oct 2, 2019 10:06:00 AM

With more and more homeowners wanting to "go green" and California's solar panel requirement for new homes set to take effect in 2020, many in the mortgage industry have been working to figure out how solar panels impact home values. As with most elements to consider in real estate valuation, it is not a cut and dry dollar for dollar value. Some of the key items an appraiser must consider are if the panels are leased, owned, or financed, what is the typical buyer motivation, cost vs. savings, and of course the expected life of the technology.

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Making the Appraisal Review More Efficient with Technology

Posted by Rick Garrie on Sep 10, 2019 10:16:00 AM

We all know how much lenders and borrowers care about getting a fast turn time on their appraisals. This could mean making the appraiser's task simpler and easier, but it could also mean streamlining the appraisal review step as well. At United States Appraisal we use technology, to improve this important part of the process.

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