Meet Former Golf Pro Turned Expert Witness Appraiser, Graham D. Smith

Posted by: John Hays Date: Aug 11, 2016 9:00:00 AM

What happens when a former golf pro decides to change gears ... and become not just an appraiser, but an expert witness appraiser? What happens is Graham D. Smith, CDA, Certified General Appraiser. Happily married to his wife, fellow appraiser, and business partner, Michelle, he is the proud father of two children. And, yes, he actually worked as a golf pro, having studied the industry at the Myrtle Beach campus of the San Diego Golf Academy.

But in 2009 he made the switch to practicing as an appraiser. These days, he and his wife head up their own firm, McCarthy & Smith Real Estate Services LLC—and expert witness appraisal work is a key component of their success.

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Ready for Court: Testifying as an Appraisal Expert Witness

Posted by: John Hays Date: Feb 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM

You’ve decided to take advantage of the opportunities afforded to expert witnesses, and you’ve gone about marketing and advertising your appraisal expert witness services carefully. At last, it’s time for the legal proceedings to begin...

How should you prepare for the actual courtroom and/or deposition experience?

Honestly, it’s a vast topic. That’s why McKissock offers an entire course on it. And we’ve again brought in Steven W. Craddock, CDA, HMS, the president and founder of AppraiseNC4U, Inc., to help offer some foundational guidance as you contemplate your first foray into this exciting new professional arena.

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How to Get Clients as an Appraisal Expert Witness

Posted by: John Hays Date: Feb 23, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Serving as an appraisal expert witness offers tremendous opportunities for real estate appraisers. These benefits include more clients (outside of the normal lender/AMC sources), higher hourly pay, challenging work that pushes you towards excellence, and increased professional prestige and satisfaction.

So, how do you begin to attract clients in this exciting sub-niche of the real estate appraisal world?

You must lay a solid foundation in three ways: develop competency as an expert appraiser; advertise your services effectively; and grow and cultivate your network of contacts among attorneys, court personnel, and fellow real estate professionals.

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Why Being an Appraisal Expert Witness Can Be a Powerful Way to Leverage Your Skills

Posted by: John Hays Date: Jan 14, 2016 4:00:28 PM

Should you consider becoming an appraisal expert witness? And if so, why?

One appraiser who has gone this route is Steven W. Craddock, CDA, HMS, the president and founder of AppraiseNC4U, Inc. An appraiser for well over a decade who has extensive forensic real estate appraisal experience, he knows the expert witness opportunity well.

The bottom line? “Serving as an expert witness is an excellent opportunity for many appraisers,” he says.

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