For Immediate Release - January 08, 2013

Massachusetts Real Estate Appraisers Board Announces Enforcement Actions

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

Timothy P. Girian, Manchester, MA:  The Board and Girian entered into a consent agreement whereby a Girian's license to practice as a certified general real estate appraiser will be placed on probation for one year.  Girian paid a $2,000 fine and will take additional continuing education classes.  This agreement resolved allegations that Girian made errors and omissions in an appraisal of a property in Boston and a property in Westford.

Thomas P. Podzikowski, Seekonk, MA: By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Podzikowski's license to practice as a certified residential real estate appraiser. The Board found Podzikowski failed to respond to the Board during a continuing education audit.

Margaret E. McCahill, Cataumet, MA:  By Final Decision and Order, the Board imposed a six month period of probation on McCahill's license to practice as a certified general real estate appraiser.  The Board also ordered McCahill to pay a $1,000 fine and to take an additional continuing education course, after finding that McCahill failed to provide proof of completion of required continuing education.

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. Currently, the Board licenses about 2,472 individuals in the real estate appraiser profession, and seeks to ensure the integrity of its licensees through fair and consistent enforcement of the relevant statutes and regulations.

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.  DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

Consumers are urged to visit the DPL's website 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.  Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.