For Immediate Release - September 21, 2004

State Board Places Real Estate Appraiser's License on Probation

Heather Ross of Orleans, Massachusetts has entered into a consent agreement with the Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers ("Board"), agreeing to a six-month probation on her license to practice as a real estate appraiser.

Ross was placed on probation in resolution of a November 2003 complaint against her license. Ross admitted that she used forms to complete an appraisal report that did not comply with the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice ("USPAP"), as required by Board regulations. During her probationary period, Ross must successfully complete a fifteen-hour USPAP course and present evidence of completion to the Board.

The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers licenses over 4,600 real estate appraisers throughout the Commonwealth. During fiscal year 2004, the Board received 30 new complaints and resolved 37 complaints. The Board held two investigative conferences and two formal hearings, entered into three consent agreements, suspended two licenses, revoked three licenses and placed one license on probation.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's web site at www.mass.gov/reg . Select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional is licensed and in good standing before doing business with him/her.

The Division of Professional Licensure is an agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. It is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the licensing process for 43 trades and professions regulated by 29 boards of registration, the updating of licenses for approximately 330,000 licenses and the maintenance of databases for licensing, enforcement and revenue collection. In fiscal year 2004, the Division of Professional Licensure imposed record levels of professional discipline, including 829 disciplinary actions, resulting in over $128,000 in fines and more than $25,000 in refunds for consumers.