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James L. Levy

James L. Levy

Appraisers and Planners Inc.
New York, NY, USA

James L. Levy is Chairman of the Board of Appraisers and Planners, Inc. a full service appraisal and real estate consulting firm based in New York City. He has been involved in commercial real estate valuation for over 50 years and holds the MAI and SRA designations from  the Appraisal Institute, the ASA designation from the American Society of Appraisers  and  the MRICS designation from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. His clients include major law and accounting firms, developers, financial institutions and municipal governments among others. Over his career, he has been involved in major New York City commercial projects valued in excess of fifty billion dollars.

Mr. Levy has been involved with many arbitrations serving both as an expert and arbitrator. He recently has become a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel of arbitrators. In addition he has been appointed by the State of New York Office of Court Administration  as an individual eligible to receive appointments.

He has testified in more than eight hundred and fifty (850) matters in New York State Supreme Court, Federal Bankruptcy Court, United States Tax  Court (Samuel J. Lefrak vs. the Internal Revenue Service), New York Civil Court and various courts in the States of  Connecticut, Missouri and New Jersey.

He has completed a seminar and passed the examination sponsored by the Appraisal Institute entitled Case Studies in Partnership and Common Tenancy Valuation. In  addition  he  has attended The Philip E. Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning's annual five day conference since 1998 in which valuation of partnership interests is always a topic.

As Chairman and Senior Member of Appraisers & Planners, Inc. Mr. Levy prepares,  reviews and/or signs approximately 75% of the six hundred (600) appraisal reports that the firm produces on an annual basis. The appraisal reports primarily are of office buildings, apartment houses including rentals, cooperatives and condominiums and retail centers mostly in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.


American Arbitration Association (AAA) - Panel of Arbitrators
American Society of Appraisers - ASA
Appraisal Institute - MAI, SRA
New York State Society of Real Estate Appraisers
Real Estate Board of the City of New York
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
Westchester County Board of Realtors, Inc.
Westchester County Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Inc. - Senior Member


Graduate Studies (Real Estate) - New York University
Bachelor of Arts (Economics) - Rollins College

Appraisal Institute

  • Basic Principles, Methods & Techniques (Course I )
  • Real Estate Appraisal Principles (Course lAl)
  • Basic Valuation Procedures (Course 1A2)
  • Capitalization Theory & Techniques, Part 1 (Course I BI )
  • Urban Properties (Course II)
  • Techniques & Mathematics of Capitalization (Course VI)

Continuing Education Courses:

  • National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice Update Course
  • Standards and Ethics for Professionals
  • Business Practices and Ethics
  • Inspection/Evaluation of Properties/Physical Condition
  • Co-Op Valuation for Mortgage Financing
  • Land Valuation and Purchase Price Decisions
  • Appraisal Review - Income Properties
  • Wall Street Securitization
  • The Office Building
  • Appraisal Practices for Litigation
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Appraisal
  • Attacking and Defending an Appraisal in Litigation Part I and Part II
  • Government Impact on Real Estate and New York City Real Estate Trends


State of New York - Real Estate Broker; Certified General Appraiser #46000005134
State of Connecticut - Certified General Appraiser #0000372
State of Georgia - Certified General Appraiser #241009
State of New Jersey - Certified General Appraiser #01572
State of Maryland - Certified General Appraiser #27593
State of Missouri - Certified General Appraiser #2013045126
Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Certified General Appraiser #I01740



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