Michael Massa

Title: Managing Partner
Company: CADRE Group, LLC, Fairfield, CT
Website: www.cadregroup.com

Why did you become an appraiser?

I always wanted to be involved in the valuation of real estate. I started out as a tax assessor in 1976 and quickly came to know that this was the field I wanted to be in. I knew that moving from an assessor to an appraiser would require more work and effort and welcomed that challenge to moving on to a higher level. I saw that “value” should have a numerical interpretation. The challenge was making it understandable to the reader.

What has been the highlight of your professional career so far?

Training and working with individuals who have exhibited a desire to become professionals.

What piece of advice would you offer young people considering a career in this profession?

Make a commitment to be an honest and professional appraiser for the “long haul” and conduct yourself in a reputable manner at all times. Remember one thing: of all the things you may lose, the one which you can never get back, is your reputation.

What book would we find on your nightstand right now?

Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dougard

Can you share a funny or unique story about an appraisal you’ve done?

Several years ago my younger brother (also a certified appraiser) and I were co-inspecting the late Frank Gorshins’ (the original Riddler in Batman) property in Connecticut. As a policy, whenever we appraise “celebrity” properties, we always ask if photographs of the interior of the home are acceptable. Needless to say, we never include the “celebrity” in the photographs.

When we asked Mr. Gorshin if it would be O.K. to take photographs, he assumed that we wanted photographs of HIM. He immediately threw his arm around the other appraiser and “posed” for a photo.

Not wanting to bruise his ego, I proceeded to take a photo of Mr. Gorshin and my brother. He then stood next to me and I handed the camera to my brother, who snapped a photo of Mr. Gorshin and I. Not to be outdone, Mr. Gorshin indicated that my brother and I had an uncanny resemblance for the comedian Jerry Seinfeld. So much so that he felt we could be “stand-ins” for him. He asked if HE could photograph US. My brother handed the camera to him and he snapped several photos of my brother and I. At Mr. Gorshin’s request, we later sent the photographs of ourselves to him. Needless to say, since that day, my appraiser brother and I have been affectionately referred to as the “Stars Appraisers”.

Do you have a favorite quote? Why?

“What we have heah’ (here), is a failure to communicate.” – Cool Hand Luke(1967) – for obvious reasons.

If you could change one thing about the appraisal industry today, what would it be?

The implementation of higher standards should have come many years ago. While the bar is set very high right now, had it been so many years ago, we would not have had some of the problems we have all experienced over the past few years.

Tell us something about yourself that people might not know.

I frequently get “high”! (I’m a private pilot).

When not at work, you are most likely…

…flying an airplane or boating!

What is the best thing about your job?

The people that I work with.