For Immediate Release - July 05, 2012

Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON – July 6, 2012 – The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers today announced enforcement action against the following individuals:

Jairo L. Dias, Jr., Worcester

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Dias’ license to practice in the real estate appraiser profession in Massachusetts. In the Order, the Board found Dias violated federal standards, state statutes, and Board regulations in connection with his 2006 real estate appraisal of property in Medford, including improperly inflating the value of the property.

Robert F. Kelleher, Newburyport

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Kelleher’s license to practice in the real estate appraiser profession in Massachusetts. In the Order, the Board found Kelleher violated federal standards and state statutes in connection with his 2006 real estate appraisal of property in Haverhill, including improperly inflating the value of the property.

Kenneth P. MacIntosh, Melrose

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked MacIntosh’s license to practice in the real estate appraiser profession in Massachusetts. In the Order, the Board found MacIntosh violated federal standards and state statutes in connection with his 2008 real estate appraisal of property in Boylston, including failing to note over 12 different characteristics of the property that were relevant to the property’s value.

Laura Welford, Londonderry

By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Welford’s license to practice in the real estate appraiser profession in Massachusetts. In the Order, the Board found Welford violated federal standards and state statutes in connection with her 2006 real estate appraisal of property in Revere, including using comparables that were not reasonable and making value adjustments that were not warranted.

Jessica C. Lund, Cincinnati, Ohio

Lund entered into an agreement with the Board that her license to practice as a real estate appraiser trainee would be surrendered for five years. This agreement resolved allegations Lund was involved with another individual in a substandard appraisal of commercial property in Boston.

Eric Schnairsohn, Longwood, Fla.

Schnairsohn entered into an agreement with the Board agreeing his lapsed license to practice as a real estate appraiser would be surrendered for five years. This agreement resolved allegations Schnairsohn conducted a substandard appraisal of three units of a property in Dorchester.

Sarah L. Chase, Spencer

Chase entered into an agreement with the Board to a reprimand of her license to practice as a certified residential real estate appraiser. Chase also agreed to pay a $250 fine and complete continuing education courses. This agreement resolved allegations Chase made errors in the appraisal of a property in Worcester.

Harold Kanavos, Cotuit

Kanavos entered into an agreement with the Board to surrender his license to practice as a real estate appraiser in Massachusetts. Kanavos admitted that in connection with his 2006 appraisal of property located at 60 Warren St. in Revere, he practiced the profession with negligence and failed to exercise reasonable diligence in developing the appraisal, preparing the appraisal report, or in communicating the appraisal. Furthermore, Kanavos admitted he failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the unauthorized access to his electronic signature and/or he failed to maintain sole personal control of his electronic signature.

Gilbert Zanni, Johnston, R.I.

Zanni entered into an agreement with the Board to a reprimand of his license to practice in the real estate appraiser profession in Massachusetts. Zanni also agreed to complete an additional 15 hours of continuing education. The agreement resolved allegations Zanni violated appraisal standards in connection with a 2007 appraisal in Wareham

Real Estate Appraisers, through their contracts with clients, provide land, commercial and residential property appraisal services. The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers licenses qualified professional appraisers in compliance with the mandates of Title XI, the Federal Financial Institution Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989. The Board insures the integrity of its licensees through fair and consistent enforcement of the statutes and regulations. The Board currently licenses approximately 2,472 individuals in the real estate appraiser profession.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure’s web site at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for approximately 365,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration.