aurum appraisals llc

Fine Art, Antiques, Furnishings, Decorative Arts

Whether you need an appraisal report for charitable donations, equitable distribution, estate planning/taxes, insurance/damage and loss, choosing a trained professional is important. Professional appraisers ensure that the job gets done right. They have formal education in appraisal theory, principles, procedures, report writing, ethics and law. Make sure your appraiser has taken the most recent USPAP course and belongs to a professional organization like the International Society of Appraisers.  

Cristiane Marques, ISA AM, principal appraiser at Aurum Appraisals LLC is an Accredited Member of the International Society of Appraisers. ISA AM is the official designation of a qualified ISA appraiser with a declared specialty and significant appraisal related experience. Cristiane Marques has dual designation in Fine Art, Antiques, Furniture, and Decorative Arts.

All written appraisal reports meet current Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), guidelines issued by The Appraisal Foundation for related reports and adhere to the Code of Ethics as put forth by the International Society of Appraisers.  The USPAP are the generally accepted standards for professional appraisal practice in North America. USPAP contains standards for all types of appraisal services. The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 recognizes USPAP as the generally accepted appraisal standards and requires USPAP compliance for appraisers in federally related transactions. State Appraiser Certification and Licensing Boards, federal, state, and local agencies, appraisal services, and appraisal trade associations require compliance with USPAP.  Learn why hiring a USPAP compliant appraiser is important, click here


USPAP Compliant

WWritten or Verbal Appraisal

Written appraisals are made by initially conducting an on-site inspection. During the on-site inspection, we record the item's condition, measure it, describe it, and take digital photographs.  Back in the office the descriptions are finalized, necessary research is conducted, and appropriate values are assigned to each item. Reports are delivered electronically. If requested, two color, printed and professionally bound reports are complimentary. 

If you are downsizing and curious about the value of your items or considering the sale of items, a verbal appraisal may be the best and least expensive option. Here, the appraiser verbally communicates to the client everything that would normally be written in a report, including the type of values sought, the markets explored, the values obtained, etc.  Nothing written is provided to the client, but the client may take notes. We are happy to discuss by phone which service might fit your needs best.