For Immediate Release - February 11, 2005

State Board Takes Action Against Two Real Estate Appraisers

State Board Takes Action Against Two Real Estate Appraisers

The Division of Professional Licensure and the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers ("Board") recently issued disciplinary actions against two real estate appraisers.

The Board revoked by default the real estate appraiser license of Regina Armstrong of Malden on November 4, 2004. In February 2004, the Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board revoked Armstrong's real property appraiser classification in that state based on findings of incompetence that stemmed from Armstrong's failure to exercise reasonable diligence in the practice of the profession.

On December 14, 2004, the Board fined Dennis Natoli of Auburn $500.00 in relation to a finding of guilt in an enforcement case before Florida regulators. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation fined Natoli $1,000.00 and suspended his license for 30 days for culpable negligence or breach of trust while practicing as a real estate appraiser. Natoli failed to notify the Massachusetts Board of this discipline when filing license renewal forms in the Commonwealth.

"Integrity in a professional discipline is compromised when licensees fail to acknowledge disciplinary actions in other jurisdictions they are licensed to operate in. These cases demonstrate the Board's diligence in reviewing qualifications and service records as part of its commitment to protecting the public", said Anne L. Collins, Director of the Division of Professional Licensure.

The Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers licenses approximately 4,600 real estate appraisers throughout the Commonwealth. In fiscal 2004, the Board received 30 new complaints and resolved 37 complaints, resulting in three licensee consent agreements, revoked three licenses, suspended two licenses and placed one on probation.

Consumers are urged to visit the Division of Professional Licensure's website at www.mass.gov/reg and select the "check a license" option to determine whether a professional they are considering doing business with is licensed and in good standing.

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 and renewal of 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 enforcement, including 829 disciplinary actions, $128,000 in fines and the return of more than $25,000 to consumers.