The Rising Demand for Qualified Appraisers in the Evolving Machinery and Equipment Market

This article was written by our Senior Managing Director – Bharat Kanodia, ASA and published on ASA Newsroom.

(Reprinted with permission from the American Society of Appraisers).

The machinery and equipment market is undergoing rapid transformation fueled by technological advancements, changing consumer preferences, and global economic shifts. As industries strive to stay competitive and embrace innovation, the need for accurate and reliable machinery and equipment appraisal has never been more crucial. This growing demand has created a unique opportunity for qualified appraisers to play a pivotal role in assessing the value of these assets. In this article, I will explore the trends driving this demand and where aspiring appraisers can find exciting job opportunities.

Technological Advancements

The machinery and equipment market is witnessing a surge in technological innovations. From smart manufacturing tools to advanced robotics, companies are investing heavily in cutting-edge equipment to improve efficiency and productivity. As these technologies become more sophisticated, the need for appraisers who understand their value and functionality becomes paramount. Appraisers must possess the knowledge and expertise to accurately assess the worth of these advanced assets.

Globalization and Market Dynamics

Globalization has led to increased cross-border transactions and collaborations, impacting the machinery and equipment market. As businesses expand internationally, the demand for qualified appraisers with a deep understanding of global market dynamics has risen. Appraisers must be adept at assessing the value of machinery and equipment in different economic contexts, taking into account regional variations and market trends.

Sustainability and Environmental Considerations

With a growing emphasis on sustainability and environmental responsibility, industries are increasingly investing in eco-friendly machinery and equipment. Appraisers must be well-versed in evaluating the environmental impact of assets, including their energy efficiency, carbon footprint, and compliance with regulatory standards. This trend highlights the need for appraisers who can provide comprehensive assessments that go beyond traditional valuation metrics.

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

The integration of data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) in the machinery and equipment sector is reshaping the appraisal process. Appraisers must leverage these technologies to analyze vast amounts of data and derive valuable insights. The ability to interpret data trends and understand how AI impacts the valuation of assets is becoming a critical skill for appraisers in this evolving landscape.

Industry-Specific Expertise

As machinery and equipment become more specialized across various industries, appraisers with niche expertise are in high demand. Whether it’s healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture, or logistics, appraisers need to understand the unique challenges and opportunities within specific sectors. Industry-specific knowledge ensures a more accurate and tailored appraisal, contributing to better decision-making for businesses.

Where to Find Jobs?

For those seeking a career as a qualified machinery and equipment appraiser, various avenues offer promising job opportunities:

  1. Professional Appraisal Organizations: Organizations such as the ASA provide resources and job listings for aspiring appraisers.
  2. Online Job Platforms: Websites like LinkedInIndeed, and Glassdoor feature job postings for machinery and equipment appraisers. Regularly checking these platforms can help applicants stay updated on the latest opportunities.
  3. Appraisal Firms: Specialized appraisal firms like Suncorp Valuations often have openings for qualified professionals. Research and reach out to firms that focus on machinery and equipment valuation.
  4. Networking Events and Conferences: Attending industry-specific events and conferences like ASA’s International Conference or Equipment Valuation Conference provides an excellent opportunity to network with professionals in the field and discover potential job openings.
  5. Government Agencies: Government agencies involved in economic development, trade, and taxation may also hire machinery and equipment appraisers to assess assets for regulatory compliance.


The machinery and equipment market’s evolution is creating a surge in demand for qualified appraisers who can navigate the complexities of this dynamic landscape. Aspiring appraisers should focus on acquiring industry-specific knowledge, technological skills, and a global perspective to thrive in this burgeoning field. Job opportunities can be found through professional organizations, online platforms, specialized firms, and networking events, offering a multitude of paths for individuals looking to embark on a rewarding career in machinery and equipment appraisal. Already a qualified professional and exploring job opportunities? We’d love to touch base with you about new openings at our firm.

Real Estate Agent Not Liable for Opinion of Value – Article by James Cook

At Suncorp Valuations, we strive to provide valuable insights to our clients when we see court rulings that provide astute guidance relative to valuation. In the re-print of an article by James Cook at Gardiner Roberts LLP we see the importance of qualified advice.

For more information please contact: James Cook at 416.865.6628 or

(This blog is provided for educational purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Gardiner Roberts LLP).


Real estate agents are often asked by clients to assess the value of a property. There is a significant difference between an opinion of value as determined by an agent and a formal appraisal prepared by a certified appraiser, including the time and costs involved. Depending on the circumstances, a client may need to obtain a more expensive appraisal rather than relying on a rough ballpark estimate provided by a real estate agent.

In Spencer v. Sutton-Harrison2023 MBKB 16 (CanLII), the plaintiff and her husband owned six parcels of farmland ranging in size from 46 to 160 acres. The plaintiff telephoned her long-time real estate agent in March 2018 and informed him that she and her husband were separating and that she needed to obtain the value for the six parcels of land.

The agent explained that there is a difference between an opinion of value, which might cost about $300, and a formal appraisal which would cost between $2,000 to $4,000. The plaintiff asked the agent to prepare an opinion of value in respect of six parcels of land.

In April 2018, the agent prepared an opinion of value which valued each of the six parcels ranging between $200,000 and $465,000, for a total value of approximately $1.4 million. In doing so, he looked at the assessed values of the six parcels and perhaps one recent sale of local farmland. The agent emailed the opinion of value to the plaintiff’s family law lawyer who was handling her separation.

The plaintiff then entered into a separation agreement with her husband. The separation agreement listed the six parcels and said that the two spouses owned the parcels as joint tenants.  It mentioned that the plaintiff’s husband would pay her an “equalization payment” and that her interest in the six parcels was “taken into consideration when reaching agreement on the quantum of equalization payment due and owing” to the plaintiff.

In November 2018, the plaintiff advised her agent that two of the six parcels, which had been assessed at a combined value of $360,000, were listed for sale. The plaintiff subsequently asked her agent to prepare a further opinion of value of the two parcels.

The agent’s opinion was that the combined value of the two parcels was between $570,000 and $595,000 (up from $360,000 in April 2018). The agent emailed a copy to the plaintiff’s family lawyer in January 2019.

The two parcels were sold in February 2019 for $600,000.

The plaintiff came to feel that the agent’s opinion of value was much too low and she sued the agent and his brokerage for negligence.

In the course of the litigation, the plaintiff hired a certified appraiser who reviewed the agent’s opinion of value, produced a formal appraisal (which included photos, maps, charts and other materials), and concluded that the agent’s opinion was deficient in various ways. The appraiser felt that the six parcels were worth over $1.8 million.

At trial, the plaintiff argued that her real estate agent had violated the standard of care required by the Realtor Code of The Canadian Real Estate Association (the “Code”). In particular, she argued that he failed to enter into a written agreement with her as required by the Code; that he failed to deal fairly with her as a client; and that the Code required him to disclose all information, which he failed to do.

The plaintiff argued that due to the defendants’ breaches of the Code she had suffered damages in the amount of half of the difference between the OOV ($1.4 million) and the formal appraisal (over $1.8 million). The “half” was based on the principle that family property is generally divided equally between former spouses/partners after separation.

In the trial judge’s view, however, the plaintiff got exactly what she paid for. Notwithstanding that she was neither a realtor nor an appraiser, she should be treated as a reasonable consumer. A reasonable consumer would have realized that a $3,000 formal appraisal would be substantially different from a $300 opinion of value, and that they would have governed themselves accordingly. For the low price of $300, the plaintiff got a quick and rough ballpark set of estimated land values.  Even if the values were at the low end of the ballpark, that did not constitute negligence.

The agent’s evidence was that he told the plaintiff that, as a realtor, he could only provide an opinion of value and that he was not qualified as an appraiser. He said that he made the plaintiff aware of the difference in cost between an opinion of value and a full-blown appraisal, which would likely cost several thousand dollars. His evidence was that the plaintiff did not have or want to spend that amount of money for an appraisal. His text messages to the plaintiff confirmed that he was providing an “opinion of value in today’s market”. The opinion of value itself was a short document on the brokerage’s letterhead and marked: “RE: Land opinion of value”.

The plaintiff confirmed during her examination that the agent had said that she would probably be better off getting an appraisal. While she denied understanding the different amount of time that would be involved in preparing an opinion of value and an appraisal, she reluctantly admitted that she was at least aware there was a price difference between the two types of reports and that an appraisal would be prepared by a person with “more experience and more qualifications”.

While the Code is a useful tool in determining what a reasonable realtor should do, it is not a codification of the law of negligence but rather could fairly be described as “a summary of best practices for diligent Canadian realtors”.

In the circumstances, the plaintiff failed to establish that the agent’s allegedly negligent conduct was the cause of any damages. She failed to show a connection between the opinion of value and what she had obtained as result of the separation agreement with her husband. The portions of the separation agreement introduced as evidence at trial mentioned an equalization payment, but did not mention the amount of that payment. Even though all realtors have a duty of care to their clients, and the standard of care is that of a reasonable realtor, the tort of negligence also requires damages: “there is no breach without proof of consequential damages.”

Further, prior cases had shown that there may be legitimate differences, even large differences, even between formal appraisals since property appraisal is not an exact science: Royal Bank of Canada v Westech Appraisal Services Ltd., 2018 BCSC 473, at para 163. The fact that a plaintiff can obtain another appraisal much higher than the appraisal provided by a defendant does not mean that the defendant was negligent and does not mean that the quantum of damages is the difference between the two appraisals. The plaintiff had an independent family lawyer and could have challenged the values before agreeing to the separation agreement.

The plaintiff’s claim for negligence was therefore dismissed.

At the end of the day, as noted by the trial judge, one pays more for services of higher quality: “In a capitalist society, it is accepted that one generally gets what one pays for”.  Given that the plaintiff was aware of the huge price difference between an opinion of value and an appraisal, a reasonable consumer in her place would have realized that a $300 opinion of value would be a rough “ballpark” estimate of the values of the six parcels and that for an extra few thousand dollars, she could have obtained a much more precise estimate in the form of an appraisal from a certified appraiser. She would have been better off had she done so rather than suing her agent for negligence.

For more information please contact:

James Cook at 416.865.6628 or

(This blog is provided for educational purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect the views of Gardiner Roberts LLP).

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Join us at the 2023 Mining Insurance & Risk Association Conference!

Suncorp Valuations is excited to announce that we will be attending the 2023 MIRA Conference in Vancouver, BC.

MIRA’s fourth global conference will provide the opportunity for all those interested in mining insurance and risk management to convene, connect and collaborate on the issues affecting the mining and insurance industries.

Our Business Development Manager, Devin Baker, will be on the panel for Market Outlook on November 13 starting at 10:45 am.

We hope to see everyone at this spectacular event!

Join us at the 2023 Rural Municipalities of Alberta Fall Convention!

Suncorp Valuations is excited to be attending the 2023 RMA Fall Convention which will take place from November 6 – 9 at the Edmonton Convention Centre.

Come visit our team, Devin Baker, Shamair Turner, and Robyn Vey, at booth #408 as they will be there to answer any of your appraisal and asset/risk management questions or discuss the many other services we can provide.

We very much look forward to seeing you all, in person, at this spectacular event!