Appraisals – Why and How?

Our family appraisal firm was founded 40 years ago in a single office in Naples, FL by my father Ray Nugent Jr. Over the years, we are often asked, "Why should I have an appraisal?" and "What is the process?"   I can't speak for others...

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Why You Should Consider Being Certified

You have probably noticed the initials CIE next to our names, and wondered what they mean. These initials stand for Certified Inventory Expert, stating that we have achieved certification by the National Inventory Certification Association and abide by their stated Code of Ethics.    The asset inventory...

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The IRS Wants Proof

This year has seen many natural disasters, including hurricanes that caused major flooding along our coasts and wildfires in many states. Recently, there have been numerous slight earthquakes (who knows when "the big one" will happen?). Add the every-day occurrences of fires and thefts that...

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3 Years Is a Long Time to Wait

Whether you live along the Jersey shore that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, or merely observed the aftermath on the news, you were most likely taken aback by the mass of losses incurred.   An article in the insurance industry magazine Insurance Journal stated that three years...

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Movin’ On Up

For those who remember the TV show The Jefferson's, I'm guessing you remember the catchy theme song.   The words gave me the thoughts of being successful and how exciting it must be to earn the opportunity to "move on up" from wherever I might be...

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Collectibles Are Losing Their Appeal

One of the saddest situations we encounter when providing estate inventory services is when the children of the deceased find that their parents' collectibles are not worth what they anticipated. What was purchased at one time with the intent to leave their adult children with...

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Time Marches On

How often do you need an inventory of your belongings? As various life events take place, this document can serve as a great referral source. How many occasions require you to know what you own? I thought of the lyrics in the Tracy Lawrence song, titled...

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Off They Go!

One monumental life event that calls for an inventory of your belongings is when your son or daughter heads off to college. Millions of young adults will be making the move this year, if they haven't already departed. In addition to their clothes, they will...

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Will the Burglars Return?

Before we answer the question the title poses, let's look at the terms robbery, burglary, and theft. Robbery is when someone takes something from another person by force (i.e., a gun, knife, or other threat).   Burglaries are crimes of breaking and entering into a building with the...

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