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I, MARK CLAY GROVE am a completely independent appraiser of antiques, fine art, folk art, silver, furniture, ceramics, textiles, household contents, etc., as well as a published author, lecturer, PBS TV presenter since 2010, and former NYU adjunct faculty for appraisal studies. I have held various accreditations (AAA, ASA, RICS) over my 40 year career, but now I am an irascible old fart who has little patience for professional societies that no longer serve my interest. That said, I have held three of the world’s strongest credentials by the most prestigious professional appraisal associations (mentioned above), the Appraisers Association of America (AAA), the American Society of Appraisers (ASA), and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). My fiduciary responsibility has never altered: I never buy client properties, never barter services, and never bend to the will of any influence regarding my opinion. Clients and fiduciaries, you may rest assured that my opinions of value are not influenced in any manner: not by the client, not by the client’s counsel, not by anyone, no matter how powerful or influential the client(s) may be. The same absolute is applied to confidentiality. Celebrity clients relax, unless you are Copernicus, Mr. Grove will not be mesmerized by your presence. Read testimonials.
Valuations are determined by market comparables just like real estate appraisals. And the appraisal process is always USPAP compliant.
Locations: Most frequented home range: Northern Virginia south to Charlottesville Virginia and in the Shenandoah Valley from Woodstock Virginia to Winchester Virginia. Usual territory: Virginia, DC, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware although Mr. Grove provides consultations and appraisal services anywhere because he is a US/UK dual national (with both US&UK passports), and thus he is able to practice abroad. Typical assignments are for insurance scheduling, estates, planning, settlement, equitable distribution, damage claims, divorce, inventory assessment, purchase & sales advisories, tax basis, archival assignments, after action battlefield and disaster assessments, asset consultations for windfall heirs and lotto winners, as well as other intentions using standard protocol explained throughout this website.
Concierge Consultations: Not all assignments require a numerical conclusion, an appraisal. Sometimes a consultation is required by a client prior to a high value purchase or sale. Or, a triage of material assets may be in order when clearing a garage or attic or when downsizing. About half of the engagements that Mr. Grove accepts are in effect “concierge” consultation services because a high level of service is required; sometimes even hand-holding. No matter: when in doubt, call an experienced professional to sort things out. It will give one peace of mind and maintain family cohesion in the event of a necessary equitable distribution of assets. Call Mr. Grove. You will be glad that you did. See Schedule of Fees. Antiques, Fine Art Appraiser: Virginia DC MD UK EU.
I DO NOT APPRAISE HOUSES and, I NEVER BUY ANYTHING I CANNOT EAT.