Bob Bortner and Larry
Straka have been appraising a wide range of personal property since 2016, with
emphasis on Estate Liquidations and Valuations. We have experience
working as an appraiser in personal property, estate, divorce,
bankruptcy, insurance and business appraisals. Although our focus is
with residential content, we also have experience with residential and
light agricultural machinery, motor vehicles and tools. We can also
advise clients on strategies for maximizing the value of the sale of
their personal property.
Both Bob and Larry are members of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) and have established a deep reputation for
honesty, integrity, and professionalism among their peers. Their appraisals closely adhere to the Uniform
Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and are admissable in court.
us for appraisals for insurance, estate or other purposes.
Bortner and Larry Straka have more than 50 years of experience
collecting and trading a wide range of American, Asian and European
antique and vintage collectibles, toys, stamps and coins, and
furniture. They currently own and operate Bear & Raven Antiques,
specializing in Chinese, Japanese, English and American ceramics,
jewelry, silver and silver plate, glass, as well as other antique and
vintage collectibles. Bear & Raven Antiques has shops on leading
online platforms, including Ruby Lane, Trocadero and eBay.
and Bob have experience purchasing and selling collectibles regionally,
throughout the US and internationally through estate sales, online and
physical retail antique shops, trade shows, and local and national
auction houses, including Bonham’s in San Francisco and Christies in
New York. Larry and Bob also maintain a broad network of collectors and
specialists in a variety of fields.
Bob also has over 30 years’ sales, marketing and business management experience in the software, retail and online sectors.
Certified Appraisers Guild of America (CAGA) is a professional
accrediting organization providing certification of personal property
appraisers. The Guild has been instrumental in helping to standardize
the personal property appraisal profession. The members of the
Certified Appraisers Guild form a network of valuable appraiser
contacts throughout the United States and Canada. Each member has
completed the course work required to be certified by the Guild.
CAGA member is required to complete extensive training on the
professional standards of personal property appraisal practice and
appraisal report writing. Special areas of emphasis in training include
Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate and gift
appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals,
insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, and casualty loss
appraisals. Also presented during the two-day certification course is a
courtroom expert witness seminar with special emphasis on appraisals
for courts and testifying in court. These qualifications provide a
level of professionalism that is unmatched, and ensure the public that
appraisals performed by an accredited appraiser are among the most
reliable appraisals available.
- Written and informal personal property
appraisals for insurance, estate or other purposes
- Consulting and advice on property liquidation
- Advice on selling online
- Coordinate full or partial estate liquidation
- $75/hr for signed written appraisals, one hour
- $50/hr for informal appraisals not requiring
extensive research, one hour minimum