Appointment to the Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Examining Board

Congrats, Jordan Maus!

Our own Jordan Maus, Certified General Real Property Appraiser, has been appointed to the Iowa Real Estate Appraise Examining Board. Jordan will represent the Iowa Quad Cities for an initial term of three years.

As part of the Board, Jordan will take on the following responsibilities:

  • Examination of candidates applying for certification as an appraiser
  • Issuance of certificates
  • Investigations into violations and infractions of the law and rules
  • Revocation, suspension or administration of disciplinary sanctions

Jordan also joined the Board’s Disciplinary Committee which focuses on investigating complaints, identifying malpractice and rendering disciplinary actions as needed. “While on the board, I hope to gain a better understanding of the processes and procedures of the appraisal industry in our State and hope to contribute to the growth of the profession,” Jordan notes.

Jordan started his career in real estate appraisal in 2008. After working as an Associate Trainee for two years, Jordan joined Roy R. Fisher in 2012. He obtained his Certified General appraisal licenses in Iowa and Illinois just one year later.

Jordan has been married to his wife Fran for 15 years. They enjoy traveling, culinary adventures and attending Chicago Cubs games. When not appraising real estate, Jordan and Fran co-own and manage Me & Billy, one of Davenport’s favorite downtown restaurants.

Mark Nelson, President of Roy R. Fisher, Recognized for Excellence

Mark Nelson, President of Roy R. Fisher, was formally recognized with the MAI Designation by the Appraisal Institute – the world’s leading organization of professional real estate appraisers. He has distinguished himself through his impressive record of work experience and professionalism in the real estate industry for the past 35 years.

Mark Nelson manages the day-to-day operations of Roy R. Fisher, as well as performing duties as the primary appraisal professional in the practice. As an active member of the Quad Cities community, Mark has chaired the Davenport Park and Recreation Advisory Board, serves on the legislative committee of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, and he is active in local politics. Learn more about him here.

The Appraisal Institute is a global association made up of almost 20,000 appraisal professionals across 50 countries. Since 1932, it has advocated for the advancement of global standards of professionalism and practice, as well as nondiscrimination and ethical conduct within the appraisal industry. The Appraisal Institute provides several designations for outstanding members, including the MAI Designation, to foster a desire for continued education and professional excellence. This follow through on its mission makes it the leading professional organization for real estate appraisers for over 85 years.

The presentation of the MAI Designation is reserved for members of the appraisal community who have demonstrated good moral character, are certified in good standing as a General Real Property Appraiser and meet stringent standards of professionalism and ethics. Candidates are required to pass a rigorous, comprehensive final exam to test their knowledge, qualifications and professional experience against the Appraisal Institute’s strict criteria. Mr. Nelson will be presented with his certification at an official meeting of the Iowa Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. Congratulations from the entire Roy R. Fisher Team!

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A New Look for Roy R. Fisher

website-screenWelcome to the new Roy R. Fisher website and blog! We’re glad you’re here. We built this site to serve as more than just our online home – we want it to become the place you turn to for news, insight and advice on property taxes, market trends and commercial real estate appraisal. Please visit us weekly for new posts and be sure to leave a comment. We consider our blog a two-way street and we want to hear from you.

New Ownership, Same Unwavering Commitment to Service

The website isn’t the only thing new at Roy R. Fisher. After 22 years as an employee of the company, I purchased the business assets in January 2013. The legal company name is now Nelson Valuations, Inc., but we will continue to do business as Roy R. Fisher. The Roy R. Fisher name has been in the Quad City market for more than 90 years, with a reputation of quality client services. We intend to maintain that same commitment to our clients, and to a quality product.

The firm’s former owner Kevin Pollard is slowing down and has relocated to Florida. He returns to the Quad Cities periodically to finalize pending litigation and to take on select work. We’re grateful that he continues to be a part of the team, sharing his 35+ years of appraisal experience.

Jordan Maus and I continue to serve the company’s existing client base. With over 10,000 prior appraisal files in the office, and well over 2,000 comparables in our data base, our depth of knowledge in the Quad City region is unmatched.

Jordan focuses on industrial properties of all sizes and single tenant retail and office properties. I value all types of multi-family properties, along with multi-tenant retail and office, and development land. I also concentrate on litigation support for property tax appeals.

Given Kevin’s semi-retirement, we hired two support staffers who are on track to become appraiser trainees in the near future. Scott Anderson came on in January, handling the hardware conversion away from Windows XP, and implementing new report writing software. He will complete initial Appraiser Education classes and become a trainee shortly.

Ashley Hixon joined us in May. She is working to convert, and clean up, the comparable
data. She will continue to manage our data while completing the initial Appraiser Education classes this fall.

Other “Housekeeping” Items

Our office remains on the second floor of Spring Center and we still have the same phone numbers. However, to be consistent with the new website, we are in the process of changing our email addresses to

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