About Us

Work Capacity

RPAA’s capacity is huge. Recent projects include: a project encompassing a wide variety of items in 15 homes, with over 28,000 items appraised, a multimillion dollar jewelry collection with over 300 important pieces, and a sports memorabilia collection with 17,000+ objects for valuation. These are just a few examples of the large scope of work we have the ability and capacity to handle. So, whether you or your clients’ needs are a home filled with artwork, antiques, silver, rugs, jewelry, etc., a small project with personal items that are important to them or a robust and challenging job like the examples above, RPAA will manage the appraisal process professionally, confidentially and smoothly.


Background

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For almost 30 years RPAA has been providing America’s affluent with the finest personal property appraisals. RPAA is the longest continually operating nationwide personal property appraisal firm, with clients in 49 states. When personal property appraisal was a “mom and pop” industry, RPAA was the trail blazer. RPAA is the first to create educational programs for insurance industry underwriters and claims personnel and in providing continuing education seminars across the entire country. RPAA also gives “in-house” seminars and lectures for insurance personnel (which are utilized by every major insurance carrier). We also provide an up to date newsletter for the personal property insurance industry. Perhaps most notably, RPAA is the creator of the large scale group practice in personal property appraisal, the spreadsheet appraisal format and much more. With decades of experience using the large-scale group practice approach to appraising for insurance matters, RPAA stands miles above the rest.


WILL THE APPRAISERS YOU CHOOSE BE AROUND YEARS FROM NOW TO DEFEND YOUR APPRAISAL FOR AN IMPORTANT CLAIM?

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Your choice in appraisers is very important. If you think it doesn't matter who does your appraisal wait till you really need them when a claim arises and they are no longer in business. The annual turnover rate in the personal property profession is 30%. The personal property appraisal business is mostly unregulated with no local, state or federal oversight. It is easy come-in and easy-go-out. If you aren't careful you may unwittingly choose appraisers from a transient pool composed of auction house refugees, down-sized or failed retail stores, or some whose motivation is to come back when you're not home. It's easy to make this mistake. Of the 200,000 who practice in this profession, less than 700 are credibly certified! So the 'experts' you choose, based solely on fee considerations, probably have spent only a short time appraising, with their intended stay even shorter - just until something better comes along. Your personal properties are your assets. Your appraisal functions as a financial instrument whose primary goal is to protect them. Please choose carefully. The right choice by you will enable you to be made whole after a personal property catastrophe. Choosing poorly now may have dire consequences.


RPAA fees reflect our status in our industry and our level of professionalism.


The Project fees are divided into two parts :

1) An on-site fee per day for RPAA’s visit to your home. We come to you. Everything stays in your home, under your control, including your jewelry. We thoroughly inspect, catalog and photograph your collectibles. We are thorough and only book one visit per day.

2) An off-site (after the visit) hourly fee for all the time we expend in the market research, gathering data, determining the values of your collectibles, writing your customized report, and delivering it to you.

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There are not additional charges for RPAA’s travel time, photography and follow-ups with you or your insurance representatives. In rare occasions, travel expenses occur; If travel expenses apply we strive to keep these to a minimum, and these are discussed before the project begins.

Progressive billing. A deposit may be requested to guarantee your on-site visit date(s). The on-site visit is billed at its conclusion. RPAA invoices as the project progresses.

If payments are not timely, RPAA reserves the right to suspend work pending payment.

RPAA accepts checks and all major credit cards, wire trabsfer or checks.

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For nearly three decades RPAA has been widely considered this country’s most professional and dependable personal property appraisal firm.  Our credibility of information and conduct standards are consistently the highest in our industry. Whether for INSURANCE COVERAGE, CHARITABLE DONATION, ESTATE TAX SETTLEMENT or TRANSFER TO TRUST, we appraise and consult in:

ARTWORKS, JEWELRY, FURNITURE, SPORTS MEMORABILIA, CRYSTAL AND GLASS, SILVER AND SILVERPLATE, PORCELAINS AND CERAMICS, LIGHTING DEVICES, ORIENTAL RUGS, TEXTILES and a wide variety of other COLLECTIBLES…

We can also provide PHOTOGRAPHIC and VIDEO COVERAGE of HOME AND PERSONAL PROPERTY INVENTORY.


RPAA HAS APPRAISED MANY NOTABLE COLLECTIONS, LARGE AND SMALL . . .

Lady Diana, Princess of Wales “The Elvis” dress, two well-known performance costumes worn by Elvis Presley, the Duchess of Windsor Panther bracelet, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis strand of pearls (one of the most famous), the Jack Nicklaus George Low putter (used throughout most of Nicklaus’s career - likely the most famous piece of contemporary golf memorabilia and the most valuable piece of sports memorabilia to date) and the personal memorabilia collection of the late William “Shoe” Shoemaker. Referred by: Baseball Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame, The Jack Nicklaus Museum, and the Ty Cobb Museum. RPAA is a member of The International Association of Sports Museums and Halls of Fame.


Roger Ponn Associated Appraisers, LLC

1-800-544-7970

info@rogerponn.com

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