Cloud-based Platform for Personal Property Appraisers Now Available!

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For most of the fifteen years that I have been an appraiser, I have used Appraisal Scribe, a proprietary cloud based report writer and data management system to produce and deliver my appraisal reports. My husband, a software engineer, developed it specifically for my appraisal business because conventional word processing was so time consuming and frustrating to use and there were  few cloud-based options. As the years have passed, we noticed that while real estate and business appraisers have good options for report writers and project management systems, that wasn’t the case for the Personal Property community which mostly still relies upon desktop word processing and spreadsheets. That is why we launched Appraisal Scribe at the end of 2023 to provide an all-in-one solution for collections management and appraisal report production. To find out more or to schedule a demo, please visit Appraisal Scribe .

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Endangered Species Act updates affecting the sale of ivory in the US

We frequently get calls from people with ivory objects that they want to sell. Due to recent changes to laws at the state and federal level governing the sale of ivory, it has become increasingly difficult to sell anything made of ivory in the United States. There are exemptions to the ban on ivory sale including if you have an ivory object over 100 years old or if the object that you wish to sell includes less than 20% ivory of the surface area among other exemptions. However,¬† the burden of proof is on the seller, who must obtain a permit by submitting documentation supporting their assertion to the governing state or federal agency. At the federal level, the latest update is Director’s Order #210 which you can click on and read here do210. Due to the outcry of dealers, auction houses and museums claiming that these laws are overly restrictive and punitive to sellers and collectors, these regulations are in the process of being modified. Since 1970 California has had the most restrictive regulations on objects made of endangered species including ivory, mammoth and rhinoceros horn which I have written about in previous post. Now states like New York, (see ivoryfaqs by New York law firm, Pearlstein and McCullough) and New Jersey have enacted similar regulations. Other states are expected to follow their lead and enact more stringent laws.

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