Appraisal Review Specialists, Specializing in the Review of Eminent Domain Real Estate Appraisal and Specialist Reports
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Management Personnel

There are two partners, R. Scott Barber and Philip J. Swartz who share the management duties and responsibilities of receiving, recording, tracking and assigning incoming appraisal reports for review, preparation of Scope of Work documents, proofreading and the ongoing flow of work.

Mr. Barber was employed with the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways from 1994 to 2004, serving as a Staff Appraiser and Senior Review Appraiser, and ultimately functioning as the Chief Review Appraiser from 2000 to 2004. After leaving the Department of Transportation, Mr. Barber was appointed to the West Virginia Real Estate Appraiser Licensing & Certification Board in 2005 and previously served as Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Standards Committee from 2009 to 2014. Mr. Barber is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia.

Mr. Swartz is a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser in Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia and Delaware. Mr. Swartz has extensive experience in eminent domain valuations, appraisal review assignments and conservation easement valuation and is currently one of eight review appraisers in the United States pre-approved for technical review assignments for the USDA/NRCS Easement Programs.

Review Appraisers

Our team of appraisers and review appraisers is extensive and because of the many professional reviewers on staff, we have the ability to complete work on a project in a timely manner. ARS deals with "Rush" jobs on a regular basis.

The staff of ARS review appraisers is comprised of former review appraisers from Pennsylvania DOT, Virginia DOT and West Virginia DOT.

Appraisal Review Specialists, LLC (ARS) is uniquely qualified to review highly complex appraisal reports. This firm consists of professional appraisers and review appraisers with many years of experience appraising and reviewing appraisal reports on virtually all types of property. ARS is the only known firm in the United States that actually specializes in the review of Eminent Domain Appraisal Reports. Appraisal Review Specialists, LLC has specialists available who can review appraisals on any type of real property, machinery and equipment as well as, timber, coal, oil, gas and other mineral interests and conservation easements.

ARS review staff includes an individua, Philip J. Swartz, who is oen of eight review appraisers approved to review appraisal reports for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) nationwide.

Appraisal Review Specialists, LLC personnel have written or assisted in writing appraisal requirements manuals in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

As individuals, ARS Review Appraisers have performed reviews of several thousand appraisal reports for numerous agencies nationwide.

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