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House Boat Appraisals

Discussion in 'Ask an Appraiser' started by Joe Martin, Apr 5, 2002.

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  1. Joe Martin

    Joe Martin New Member

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    Apr 5, 2002
    Does anyone know how to get into the business of appraising house boats? What certifications are required? etc. etc. :?:
     
  2. Neil (Texas)

    Neil (Texas) Sophomore Member

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    Jan 16, 2002
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    Valuing "houseboats" may come under the purview of "marine surveyors."

    Just a thought.
     
  3. Dave Smith

    Dave Smith Senior Member

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    Jan 14, 2002
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    Seems to me they would be personal property!

    Does your state require licencing of personal property appraisers?

    If so, does the state classify houseboats as personal property?
     
  4. msking

    msking New Member

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    Feb 24, 2002
    I used to live on a custom-built houseboat. In my state (California), houseboats are appraised by marine surveyors, as Neil said. And, Joe is right, too - they are considered (and taxed) as personal property - but appraised as boats by qualified marine surveyors.

    There is a difference between a houseboat (which is self-propelled) and a floating home (which cannot move about under its own power - has to be towed). I'm not sure who appraises floating homes, but I would guess marine surveyors. Part of the appraisal process is a thorough check of the quality and condition of the flotation, and I doubt that many personal property or real property appraisers are qualified to do that type of work.
     
  5. Dan Leggett

    Dan Leggett Senior Member

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    Jan 15, 2002
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    I was just bouncing around http://www.boats.com and see they have N.A.D.A. Appraisals online, minimal info but it does give prices. It's not on the opening page, just do a search for a boat and it should be listed in the left hand column of the search results page.
     
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