PLEASE NOTE: Under the Canadian Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (CUSPAP) , CRA members must use that designation in connection with the appraisal, review or consulting on individual undeveloped residential dwelling sites and of dwellings containing not more than four (4) self-contained family housing units. Where a CRA Member signs a report beyond their scope of work, it must be co-signed by an AACI.
Under CUSPAP, prior to accepting an assignment or entering into an agreement to perform any assignment, an appraiser must have the knowledge and experience to complete the assignment competently, alternatively, take all steps necessary or appropriate to complete the assignment competently.
After graduating with an honours degree in Estate Management from the University of Reading, England, Neil began his career with a firm of Chartered Surveyors in Liverpool, England in 1977. He worked in brokerage and also headed the compulsory purchase (expropriation) group and was an auctioneer’s clerk.
After immigrating to Canada in 1980, he worked in Halifax, NS, for Pat King Appraisals until opening an office for them in St. John’s, NL in 1982. In 1992, he and a partner became owners of the Newfoundland operation, known then as Hardy Appraisals. The company operated throughout Newfoundland and Labrador providing real estate consulting and valuation advisory services, exclusively for commercial investment, hotels, multi res / condo development, industrial, land and specialised in expropriation, assessment and special studies.
In May 2005, the company amalgamated with affiliates across Canada to create Altus Group, a public company. In 2008, Neil was appointed EVP, overseeing the 5 Altus offices in the Atlantic provinces, a position he kept until June 2021. He was also responsible for managing the national Practise Group initiative for Altus RVA across Canada. During his career, Neil has developed a high level of expertise in many property types, provides expert testimony before courts / tribunals and presents talks before industry groups.
Neil retired from Altus Group in July 2021 and is now an independent real estate consultant. He maintains a non-exclusive contractor relationship with Altus Group.