For Immediate Release - November 13, 2013

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers Announces Enforcement Actions

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

Richard S. Babson, Gloucester:  By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Babson’s license to practice as a real estate appraiser. The Decision found that Babson failed to respond to allegations that he made errors in the conduct of an appraisal in Gloucester, and that he failed to respond to the Board during its investigation of the appraisal. Under the terms of the Order, the Board also revoked Babson’s right to renew his license.

Andrew Bissanti, Franklin:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Bissanti, resolving allegations that he violated the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) in connection with his appraisal of property in Wrentham. Under the terms of the agreement, Bissanti agreed to have his license placed on probation for a period of six months, complete 28 hours of continuing education courses, including a 15 hour course in USPAP, and pay a $1,500 fine.

Richard H. Deoleo, Nashua, NH:  By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Deoleo’s right to renew his lapsed license to practice as a real estate appraiser trainee. The Decision came after Deoleo failed to respond to allegations that he made errors in the conduct of an appraisal in Roslindale. 

Joseph Durette, Cranston, RI:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Durette, resolving allegations that he failed to complete the required number of continuing education hours necessary to maintain his license. Under the terms of the agreement, Durette agreed to have his licensed placed on probation for six months and to pay a $1,000 fine.

John Galiney, Flemington, NJ:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Galiney, resolving allegations that he did not complete the required number of continuing education hours necessary to maintain his license. Under the terms of the agreement, Galiney agreed to pay a $1,000 fine.

Susan Gingras, Nashua, NH:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Gingras, resolving allegations that she had been disciplined by the New Hampshire Real Estate Appraisers Board for violating national appraisal standards related to recordkeeping practices. Under the terms of the agreement, Gingras agreed to a reprimand of her Massachusetts license.

John Malley, Stoughton:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Malley, resolving allegations that he failed to complete the required continuing education hours necessary to maintain his license. Under the terms of the agreement, Malley agreed to have his license placed on probation for a period of six months, to complete a national course in appraisal standards, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

William Murphy, Raynham:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Murphy, resolving allegations that he violated national standards and Board regulations in connection with an appraisal of a property in Weston. Under the terms of the agreement, Murphy agreed to a reprimand of his license.  

Joseph Perez, Gardner:  By Final Decision and Order by Default against Perez, the Board revoked Perez’ right to renew his lapsed license to practice as a real estate appraiser. The Decision resolved allegations that he was convicted of Statutory Rape and Indecent Assault and Battery on a Child Under 14 years of age, and that he failed to respond to the Board during its investigation of the matter.

Janet M. Pickering, Weymouth:  By Final Decision and Order by Default, the Board revoked Pickering’s right to renew her expired license to practice as a certified residential real estate appraiser. The Decision resolved allegations that Pickering committed errors in the conduct of appraisals of properties in Boston, Dorchester, and Brockton.

Thomas Salvatelli, Lancaster:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Salvatelli, resolving allegations that he failed to complete the required continuing education hours necessary to maintain his license. Under the terms of the agreement, Salvatelli agreed to complete 18 additional hours of continuing education, have his license placed on probation for nine months, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

John M. Santaniello, Springfield:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Santaniello, resolving allegations that he failed to complete a continuing education course required to maintain his license. Under the terms of the agreement, Santaniello agreed to take an additional continuing education class, have his license placed on probation for six months, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

James E. Swift, Scituate:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Swift, resolving allegations that he made errors and omissions in the appraisal of a property located in Dorchester. Under the terms of the agreement, Swift agreed to have his licensed placed on probation for six months, complete an additional 28 hours of continuing education, and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Scott Timulty, North Easton:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Timulty, resolving allegations that he violated appraisal standards in connection with an appraisal conducted in Avon. Under the terms of the agreement, Timulty agreed to have his license placed on probation for three months, complete a national course in appraisal standards, complete 30 hours of additional continuing education, and to pay a $500 fine.

Timothy Trahan, New Bedford:  The Board entered into a consent agreement with Trahan, resolving allegations that he failed to use appropriate sales comparisons that were consistent with or were reasonably comparable to a property he appraised in Leicester. Under the terms of the agreement, Trahan agreed not to serve as a Supervising Appraiser for a period of three years, complete an additional 50 hours of continuing education, and to pay a $2,000 fine.

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 more than 2,400 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 370,000 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.

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