Whichever software you use. It should be USPAP compliant (Uniform
Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice). At least in the
United States. USPAP is a document produced by the Appraisal Standards
Board of the Appraisal Foundation. The Appraisal Foundation is
"Authorized by Congress as the Source of Appraisal Standards and
Appraiser Qualifications." You can Look up USPAP at
www.appraisalfoundation.org My company has published a series of
article on the subject.
You can find them at: www.professionaljeweler.com choose the magazine
and site archives button, select professional jeweler magazine
archive and type in Anton Nash in the search box. About ten articles
will come up, 5 dealing with appraisals.
Another article dealing with appraising jewelry in in JCK magazine. go
to www.jckgroup.com click on JCK magazine click on the past articles
button click on to Feb of 2000 click on to the Article "Appraisals that
Wont Backfire on You"
All of these articles should give you an idea of what appraisal
software needs to have available if they are to be USPAP compliant.
We ended up writing our own software since many companies offered
parts that were compliant, but not all areas were covered.
I hope this can help. Arthur Anton Skuratowicz NJA GJG (GIA) Anton Nash
LLC Jewelry Appraisers and Consultants