For Immediate Release - January 17, 2012

Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers Announces Enforcement Action

BOSTON - January 17, 2012 - The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers announced today disciplinary action against the following licensee:

Kristan M. DeCesaro, Billerica

The Board imposed a six-month probation on DeCesaro’s license to practice as a real estate appraiser, and DeCesaro also a $500 fine. Also, DeCesaro must complete 60 hours of continuing education and submit to the Board a list of completed appraisals as part of an audit of her practice. The Board and DeCesaro entered into a consent agreement whereby DeCesaro admitted that she violated state statutes, Board regulations, and national appraisal standards when she made several errors in connection with a 2009 appraisal of property located in Cambridge. These errors included committing a substantial error of omission or commission that significantly affected the appraisal, rendering her appraisal services in a careless or negligent manner, and failing to identify the characteristics of the property that were relevant to the type and definition of value and intended use of the appraisal.

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