Industry Affiliations

Appraisers and Planners’ principals are active members of numerous leading organizations, continually updating our knowledge about current real estate and valuation issues and serving as officers, board members and lecturers

Appraisal Institute

A global membership association of professional real estate appraisers, the Appraisal Institute’s mission is to support and advance its members as the choice for real estate solutions as well as uphold professional credentials, standards of professional practice and ethics consistent with the public good.

Appraisal Institute designations, awarded after completing a rigorous program, are an assurance of working with a top professional in the field of valuation. Appraisers & Planners President Sharon Locatell holds the MAI designation; Chairman James L. Levy holds both the MAI and SRA designations. Sharon Locatell currently serves as an officer of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the pre-eminent organization of its kind in the world, offer advice on a diverse range of land, property, construction and related environmental issues. RICS membership is only awarded to individuals who meet and maintain the most rigorous standards of technical knowledge, experience and expertise to the public advantage. Both principals of Appraisers & Planners are designated members of RICS.


As the leading trade association in New York, REBNY members, such as Appraisers & Planners’ principals, are the City’s most talented, energetic and influential real estate professionals. REBNY promotes public and industry policies and frequently speaks before government bodies to, among other things, expand New York’s economy, encourage the development and renovation of commercial and residential real property, enhance the city’s appeal to investors and residents and facilitate property management.

American Arbitration Association

The American Arbitration Association, with its long history and experience in the field of alternative dispute resolution, provides services to individuals and organizations who wish to resolve conflicts out of court. The AAA assists in appointing mediators and arbitrators, setting hearings, and providing users with information on dispute resolution options, including settlement through mediation.

Both of Appraisers & Planners principals are commercial panel members of and arbitrators for the AAA.

Association of Real Estate Women

One of New York City’s leading organizations, the Association of Real Estate Women advances educational and networking opportunities for women real estate professionals. An organization of diverse membership, which includes both women and men, AREW represents the full spectrum of the real estate industry.

Counselors of Real Estate

The Counselors of Real Estate is the membership organization established exclusively for real estate advisors who provide intelligent, unbiased and trusted advice for a client or employer. Founded in 1953, the organization serves 1,100 members worldwide all holding the CRE credential. The organization serves as an information resource and provides its members with opportunities for professional development, knowledge sharing and networking. Appraisers and Planners president Sharon Locatell was recently invited to become a member and received the CRE designation.