American Society of Appraisers: Northern New Jersey Chapter
American Society of Appraisers: Northern New Jersey Chapter Serving Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware

What's It Worth?

Raymond Dragon, Chapter 73 President
Raymond Dragon, Chapter 73 President, says:

When we ask "What's it worth?" we're asking for an opinion of value. When the courts want one they swear in an appraiser as an expert witness.

ASA-accredited appraisers make credible witnesses because of their education, experience, and adherence to recognized standards, and because they subscribe to the USPAP code of ethics, established by the Appraisal Foundation.

Their appraisals are accurate (based on sound methodology), reliable (repeatable), and trustworthy (ethical).

What's it worth? Ask an ASA appraiser for an opinion of value.

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November Meeting: 2016 Estate and Gift Tax Changes2016 Estate and Gift Tax Changes

The November Chapter Meeting will be held on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm at LuNello's. Mark Balian, Esq., of Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, will discuss “2016 Changes in the Estate and Gift Tax Laws”.

Details on the Calendar.
Welcome to the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers.

Find an Appraiser
Our members provide appraisals in the specialities of Business Valuation, Gems and Jewelry, Machinery and Technical, Personal Property and Real Estate. All are interdisciplinary and will help you select the appraiser or appraisal team that meets your valuation needs. For personal assistance, email Chapter Treasurer Lynn Magnusson or call her at 973-425-1550.

Serving Northern New Jersey
The Northern New Jersey Chapter (Chapter 73) of the American Society of Appraisers represents accredited ASA members serving the New Jersey counties of Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex and Union.

Leading Appraisal Organization
The American Society of Appraisers is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary appraisal organization. Founded in 1936 and incorporated in 1952, the ASA includes specialists in all types of tangible and intangible property, both real and personal.

Lynn Magnusson, ASA

Holiday Party a Success
President Lynn Magnusson, ASA reports: "Our ASA 2012 chapter Holiday Party was a delightful event! We raised cash and sporting good donations for Superstorm Sandy victims, heard Bob Connelly's sports memorabilia stories, shared challenges and advice with colleagues, and met new Appraisers to the chapter." Read the full story on the Member's page.

Paul Roberts Co-Authors ASA White Paper
Paul Roberts, ASANorthern New Jersey Chapter member Paul Roberts, ASA, is a co-author of the recent ASA white paper, “Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal Specialty: A New Beginning and Opportunity for the Real Property Discipline,” which he wrote with lead author Micheal R. Lohmeier, FASA, of the Detroit Chapter, and third author, David J. Kramer, ASA, also out of Detroit. The authors are members of ASA’s Real Property Committee, and Mr. Roberts, a past Region 1 Governor, is also ASA’s Real Property Governor.

The white paper outlines updated and expanded Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal designations, establishing two new designations, viz. Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal – General, and Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal – Residential, both of which are defined with rigorous experience, education and examination requirements.

As Mr. Lohmeier explains in a recent AppraisalBuzz article, “Ad Valorem/Mass Appraisal: A New Direction and Opportunity,” the new designations reflect the fact that assessors and other mass appraisal specialists differ from most real property appraisers in what they appraise -- property types in general, not specific properties -- in the mathematical tools and techniques they use, and in their purpose, which is specific to property taxation.

With this groundbreaking white paper, Paul Roberts, who is Senior Vice President of IAC headquartered in Upper Saddle River, NJ, has again brought honor and distinction to his Northern New Jersey Chapter.

Liz Clement, AM, Lynn Magnusson, ASA and Jane St. Lifer, ASA
Liz Clement, AM, Lynn Magnusson, ASA and Jane St. Lifer, ASA.
Louis Devenish and Lynn Magnusson, ASA
Appraiser Louis Devenish and Lynn Magnusson, ASA at Lambertville Symposium.

October Meetings
October was a busy month for new Chapter President, Lynn Magnusson, ASA. Early in October she attended the ASA International Conference in Phoenix, AZ from October 7-10, where she got up to speed on ASA programs and networked with Liz Clement, AM, President of the Boston ASA Chapter, and Jane St. Lifer, ASA, a member of both the NYC and Northern NJ chapters. The Boston, Northern NJ and NYC Chapter representatives all enjoyed the venue -- the Frank Lloyd Wright influenced Arizona Biltmore dubbed the Jewel of the Desert -- and came away plannning to work on enhancing their ASA Internet presence.

Later in October, on Saturday October 27, Ms. Magnusson attended a Personal Property symposium, Historic Innovation in Gardens and Interiors, sponsored by the The Devenish Group at The Inn at Lambertville Station in Lambertville, NJ. There she basked in the glory of a fine fall day and soaked up a talk by bestselling author and garden historian Andrea Wulf on the "Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of the American Nation." But best of all was the chance to catch up with Appraiser Louise Devenish, with whom she discussed Late 18th and Early 19th Century Fine and Decorative Arts found at Mount Vernon and Monticello, the homes of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Lynn says "Since my early days at NYU in the 90s, Louise remains my favorite decorative arts teacher. She helped me to develop my connoisseurship skills and to evaluate characteristics of value."

Jane St. Lifer, ASA, Steve Kennedy & Joe Novelli, ASA
Jane St. Lifer, ASA, Steve Kennedy & Joe Novelli, ASA.
New President Lynn Magnuson, ASA and Regional Governor Susan Golashovsky, ASA
New Chapter President Lynn Magnusson, ASA and Regional Governor Susan Golashovsky, ASA.

Installation Dinner Meeting
The installation of the 2012-13 Northern NJ ASA Chapter's Board of Directors was celebrated in a private room at Lunello's in Cedar Grove, a five star restaurant, in September. The party got started with a cocktail hour featuring an unlimited supply of fine wines and butler served tapas. Regional Governor Susan Golashovsky, ASA was on hand to welcome members and their guests with news on the National appraisal scene and then administered the oath of office to President Lynn Magnusson, ASA, Vice-President Ray Dragon, ASA, Secretary Donna Thompson Ray, and Treasurer Dan Roche, ASA.

Joining in the festivities were Past Presidents Kyle Garcia, ASA, Ellen Epstein, ASA (Long Island Chapter), Rudy Fernandez, ASA, Ronald M. Gold, ASA (NYC Chapter), Scott VanderVliet, ASA along with past Regional Governors Paul Roberts, ASA and Tim Griffiths, ASA. A good-humored and warm-hearted group of appraisers and their guests enjoyed the fine dining and each other's company throughout the evening.

Join ASA Your inquiry about membership in our chapter or other appraisal topics is welcome and will receive a prompt and courteous reply from one of our chapter officers. The Northern New Jersey Chapter is large and growing, with more than 60 full members and over 40 active candidate members -- who have met their Ethics and USPAP requirements -- and that doesn't include pending applicants.  But there's always room for one more good appraiser! Interested in appraising and the valuation sciences? Consider joining us!
American Soceity of Appraisers Northern New Jersey Chapter #73 Officers

President: Raymond J. Dragon, ASA
Vice President: Daniel R. Roche, ASA
Secretary: Michael Lavelle, ASA
Treasurer: Lynn Magnusson, ASA
Membership Chair: Rufino Fernandez Jr., ASA