Working With Forsythe Appraisals

Forsythe Appraisals is the nation's largest W-2 staff appraisal firm. We combine more than 75 years of appraisal industry focus and insightful leadership with our appraisers' expertise and skill. This has afforded the company continued growth and stability since 1940.  Today we are part of the First American family of companies.  First American Mortgage Solutions is a leading provider of comprehensive solutions for residential lenders and servicers covering the entire loan spectrum.  Together with First American's broad capabilities in title, settlment, data and analytics, fraud and verification, regulatory compliance, valuation and collateral risk, quality control, fulfillment, and default services, we serve as a single source solution for virtually all lender needs.  

As a highly successful, growth-oriented company, we’re committed to your personal and financial growth. We continually invest in our employees and take pride in fostering a fun, high-energy work environment that offers maximum flexibility, efficiency, and opportunity.

Forsythe Appraisals is an equal opportunity employer and we are always looking for appraisers to work with us as employees.

In addition to a great compensation package, including the opportunity to earn actual vacation pay and auto allowance, Forsythe Appraisals offers employees:

  • 401 (k) Retirement Program
  • Healthcare Insurance Program
  • Supplementary Voluntary Benefits
  • Dental Insurance
  • Fun, high-energy work environment
  • Professional development
  • Significant opportunity for advancement


Career Opportunities



We have set the industry standard for integrity, quality and innovative real estate valuation solutions.  In large part we have built much of our success on hiring, training, and retaining the best staff appraisers in the industry, and that includes Associate Appraisers.

Our primary focus is to support our appraisers. We offer comprehensive quality control, operations, administrative, and IT support, as well as outstanding opportunities for advancement.

Forsythe Appraisals is looking for qualified Associate Appraiser candidates throughout the United States to join our comprehensive development and training program, during which you will develop the skills and resources to become a State Certified Residential Appraiser.

Under the guidance of an experienced supervisory appraiser, all Associates will participate in side-by-side property inspections and produce appraisals on all types of residential properties, including but not limited to:

  • Single family
  • Multi-family units
  • Drive-bys
  • Desktop
  • Alternative valuations
  • Appraisal reviews
This will all take place within your local, familiar geographic area. We bring you into the industry the right way, introducing you to the various elements of an appraisal career in easy-to-understand "bite-sized pieces". In the beginning, you will learn how to do simple research and develop the knowledge required to complete the various appraisal forms. That understanding is paramount to ultimately creating a credible appraisal report. As you progress through the development program, tasks will be performed on a more independent basis.

If you are interested in becoming one of the industry's best by learning from the industry's best, contact us today for more details!



We are currently hiring certified residential appraisers in all of our branch locations throughout the continental United States.  Please fill out the contact form below to begin the application process.

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Thank you for your interest in Forsythe Appraisals, LLC. We're excited that you are considering joining our exceptional team. Please take a few moments to fill out the form below and send us your resume. If you are an appraiser, please make sure your resume contains information about all State Licences, E&O Insurance and Coverage Areas.

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How Do You Appraise An Appraisal Company?

For three quarters of a century Forsythe Appraisals was a family owned and operated company.  Eventually we grew into the largest independent residential appraisal company in the United States. Today, we are a proud part of the First American family of companies.  With our combined expertise, Forsythe Appraisals and First American Mortgage Solutions provide lenders a single source solution for title, settlement, data & analytics, fraud & verification, regulatory compliance, valuation & collateral risk, quality control, fulfillment services, and default services.  Yes, our experience and size has advantages, like coast-to-coast coverage and the ability to attract the best appraisers in the industry. But our family roots and personal approach allows us to give each client and appraisal report the attention and care required for a thoughtful, thorough and professional result. In fact, Forsythe Appraisals is still operated and managed by appraisers – many of whom, including the CEO and Chief Appraiser, are designated and subscribe to the values of the Appraisal Institute.

All of Our Appraisers Are Employees

With corporate offices in St. Paul, Minnesota we are strategically located in America’s heartland, yet our unique business model includes branch offices covering major metropolitan areas across the country. Each office is staffed by full-time, W-2 employee appraisers, helping to ensure quality and consistency throughout the organization. This long-standing commitment to an appraiser-staff model allows us to continue to attract and retain the highest caliber appraisers in the industry. And, since all of our appraisers are full-time, non-contract employees, we control the entire process from order to delivery and we monitor the scheduling and appraiser volume. Forsythe Appraisals will always out-perform the competition on turn times and communication of borrower delays.

The appraiser-staff model combined with superior technology keeps the client informed through every step of the appraisal process – we closely track work in progress while providing exceptional reporting and real time status updates.

Our employees, technology and nationwide coverage allow Forsythe Appraisals to serve our clients' diverse needs better than any other appraisal company. Our reputation is built upon professional expertise and a steadfast commitment to the highest quality standards. And we continue to build on that reputation everyday by delivering extraordinary customer service and turnaround times that are unprecedented in the industry.

Unique National Platform Provides Consistency

  • Local market specialists, under the leadership of a branch manager, serve metropolitan areas from coast to coast
  • All appraisers are full-time, W-2, non-contract employees, ensuring continuity and consistent quality
  • Appraisers are experienced in a wide variety of residential property types
  • Our appraisers are proficient in identifying market trends
  • Our chief appraiser and quality control team train our employees for continuous improvement and evaluate every appraisal to rigorous standards.

Steadfast Customer Service and Communication

  • Unprecedented communication & follow-through guarantee. Borrowers/agents called within 2 hours of receiving appraisal request!
  • Fastest turnaround times in the industry
  • Uniquely tailored system of electronic updates delivered according to your needs
  • Competitive fee structure, branch invoicing or central consolidated billing offered
  • Flexibility to provide unique customized solutions
  • Proven success in appraising over $100 billion of real estate since 1983

The Highest Quality Standards

  • All appraisal reports reviewed by our Centralized Quality Control team, staffed by veteran appraisers and expert reviewers
  • Industry renowned chief appraiser with SRA designation
  • USPAP Compliant

Comprehensive Residential Appraisal Services

Property Types

  • Standard residential properties
  • High value homes and complex properties
  • Multi-family homes up to 4-plex
  • Townhomes
  • Condominiums and co-ops
  • Residential lots

Specialty Services

  • FHA appraisals
  • REO and pre-foreclosure
  • Relocation appraisals
  • Local Market Desk/Field Reviews
  • The National Review Division
  • Administrative Reviews
  • High value home specialistsLitigation
  • Tax abatement
  • Divorce
  • Probate and trusts
  • Condemnation (full and partial takings)

We’re ready for your next appraisal. Contact us at 651-486-9550 and let’s get started.

Core Values & Mission

More customer service. Less lip service. This sums up the guiding principles to which we have held ourselves and, more importantly, put into practice for more than seven decades.


To set the industry standard for professional appraisals, integrity and service to our customers.



We treat our customers and each other with the kindness and attention we would give a family member or a close friend.


We believe there is real dignity in being of service to our clients and to each other, and are committed to delivering the best customer experience in the industry.


When you truly enjoy what you do, success follows. We see every day as an opportunity to raise the bar—for our company and our industry.

Employee Satisfaction

Our employees are our most valuable assets. We help each other to grow personally, professionally and financially.

Positive Work Environment

We strive to maintain a progressive, high-energy atmosphere where employees feel appreciated and empowered.


What it all comes down to: Quality appraisals, integrity and ethics are the cornerstone of our company.

We’re ready for your next appraisal. Contact us at 651-486-9550 and let’s get started.

We’re ready for your next appraisal. Contact us at 651-486-9550 and let’s get started.

Executive Management Team

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John Forsythe, SRA – President & CEO

John joined Forsythe Appraisals as an appraiser in 1985. After gaining success as an independent insurance agent, his entrepreneurial spirit served him well in his new profession. By 1987, John had earned his SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute, and in 1993, was named Vice President of Forsythe Appraisals. John embraced all aspects of appraising, becoming the company’s expert on relocation appraisals, heading that division. John earned his ASA designation as a machinery and equipment appraiser. He established the company’s reputation in litigation, complex and unique properties, upper bracket, and special-use appraisals. John also developed a rigorous training program for new appraisers, which is still used today. He was named President of Forsythe Appraisals in 1997 and added CEO to his title and duties as President in 2011.

Today, John is actively involved in every aspect of the company, including working with clients, overseeing daily operations, and leading Forsythe Appraisals' overall growth strategy.

John’s family keeps him balanced. His wife, Carlene, and his son and daughter enjoy a very active lifestyle. Their children’s school activities and sporting events take top priority. Travel, time at the lake, skiing, and golf are enjoyed as a family.

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Tim Forsythe – Senior Director Of Customer Development

After earning a degree from the University of Minnesota, in 1979, Tim joined his father, Jerry, in continuing Forsythe’s legacy in the real estate and appraisal industry. Within the next two decades, Tim had earned his SRA and SRPA designations and purchased Forsythe Appraisals, becoming its CEO in 1993.

As CEO, Tim set up the framework for aggressive expansion and guided the company’s growth with branch offices ultimately serving 40 metropolitan areas throughout the continental United States, making Forsythe Appraisals the largest independent residential appraisal firm in the country. In October 2011 Tim stepped down as CEO, turning the reigns over to his brother and company President John Forsythe, and taking on his current role as Senior Director of Customer Development. In this position he focuses all of his efforts on strengthening relationships with new and existing customers of Forsythe Appraisals.

A participant in numerous annual conferences and events, including ERC, Mortgage Bankers Association, NAMB and TAVMA, Tim has served on the Advisory Board for Lender’s Service, Inc., and on the Board of Directors for MAPA (Minnesota Association of Professional Appraisers), Minnesota Union Builders, and The Retreat.

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Alan Hummel, SRA – Senior Vice President, Chief Appraiser

Like the Forsythe brothers, Alan is the product of a successful family-owned appraisal business. Here are some of the highlights of our chief appraiser’s unparalleled career:

For 23 years as President and CEO of Iowa Residential Appraisal Company, Alan provided his clients—from Des Moines to the Twin Cities—solutions to an equally broad variety of real estate issues. During this time, Alan served as the National President of the Appraisal Institute and as a member of their executive committee and board of directors. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives on mortgage fraud and appraisal issues.

As Forsythe’s chief appraiser, Alan is integral to Forsythe’s continued growth—as a company and an industry leader. At any given moment, you’ll find him busy spearheading quality control or mentoring the next generation of Forsythe appraisal experts. And he continues to be invited to speak nationwide on these and other topics, from predatory lending and technology-related issues to banking associations and numerous real estate industry groups.

Alan attended Iowa State University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. He and his wife, Karen, reside in St. Paul, Minnesota, with their four children.

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Richard Shackelford – VP, Business Development

Rich joined Forsythe Appraisals in 2014 as VP of Business Development.  He is responsible for the successful growth of local and national client opportunities and brand recognition.  Specifically he is responsible for business opportunities related to residential valuations, collateral litigation and appraisal consulting support, retrospective property evaluations and collateral desk and field reviews. 

Rich has an extensive appraisal and mortgage industry background, having held leadership positions in loan origination, loan operations management, sales, and territory management.  Prior to joining Forsythe Appraisals, Rich led the national sales team and managed overall client growth at IRR-Residential.  

He brings a wealth of experience in B2B relationship management, appraisal management and mortgage lending and brings a unique perspective to the appraisal business due to his strong understanding of the issues facing today’s mortgage industry and national lending professionals across the country. Rich graduated from Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.

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Grant Robinson – VP, Research and Analytics

Grant joined the company in October 2014 and in this role focuses on the analysis and implementation of technology solutions to drive greater client, appraiser and operational efficiency and satisfaction.  

His key focus is on improving reporting processes to provide relevant, timely, and actionable information to all levels and constituencies both inside and outside the organization. Grant also leverages his finance and accounting background to support Forsythe Appraisals’ senior management and accounting team. He has worked with the company for the past several years in his previous position as an associate at Hillcrest Capital Partners, Forsythe Appraisals’ investment partner.  

While at Hillcrest, Grant was responsible for evaluating new investment opportunities, performing due diligence, assisting in obtaining financing for acquisitions, maintaining lender relationships and working closely with the management teams of Hillcrest’s portfolio companies. Grant is a certified public accountant and holds a Master of Accountancy and a B.S. with majors in accounting, finance and international business from the University of Minnesota.

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Rick Hansen – Director Of Operations

Rick has been with the company since 2008 and spent the first several years supporting Forsythe Appraisals’ branch managers in opening new sales channels and creating enhanced avenues for lead generation and appraiser recruiting. In 2011 he was named the company’s new Director of Business Development, and then in 2012 he was appointed to his current position as Director of Operations.

In this role, Rick is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of existing and new branches, with a focus on developing and implementing action plans to ensure that branch productivity and efficiency are aligned to achieve the company’s established short and long range strategic goals.

Rick has more than two decades of industry experience, including 20 years growing and managing 35 branches at First American Title, one of the nation’s largest title insurance and settlement service providers. Following First American, Rick was General Manager at RHR Information Services, a Minneapolis-based background screening firm with nationwide clients.

Rick holds a Bachelors of Science degree in business, and a Masters Degree in Business Administration.

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Jackie Chaves – IT Manager

Jackie has been with the company for 9 years. Among her many duties, she manages the relationships of Third Party IT partners, software support for the company’s employees, network infrastructure, telecommunications and Information Security.  

Prior to being named IT Manager, Jackie worked in a management position overseeing parts of the company’s operations department under General Manager Patti Pray. In her career with the company she has also supported the executive management team, managed customer relationships, and functioned as Executive Assistant to president and CEO, John Forsythe.

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Patti Pray – General Manager, Central Quality Control & Centralized Operations

Patti is a trained appraiser who has been with the company since 2002. She spent the first 8 years involved in appraiser relations and quality assurance, prior to being appointed manager of the company-wide quality assurance department in 2010.

In her role as General Manager of Centralized Operations, Patti supervises a staff of more than 40 individuals responsible for all of the day-to-day operations, including order entry, scheduling, shipping, and customer relations, while also maintaining her management role in Central Quality Control.

Patti attended the University of Minnesota where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree. When not working, Patti enjoys biking, and spending time with her family and friends at the lake.

We’re ready for your next appraisal. Contact us at 651-486-9550 and let’s get started.

What Our Clients Say About The Forsythe Difference

What better way to reinforce Forsythe’s commitment to customer satisfaction than quote actual customers? Browse through a small sampling of the many rave reviews we’ve received from people who’ve experienced the Forsythe difference. Then experience it for yourself.

Forsythe shares our passion for customer service. Their availability is second to none, and for 25 years they have always been there for us. Their longevity and stability as an organization is also very important. As a 126-year-old company, we look to partner with other well-established companies who have weathered the cycles as we have.

Gary Kirt, CEO
Bell Mortgage

We have been extremely pleased with the level of service and professionalism that Forsythe has provided over the years. Their responsiveness and communication have been consistently superior. As long as I can remember, the status of an order has never been in question.

Al LoGiudice, Vendor Manager
HomeGate Settlement Services


Thanks very much! I have only been at Mortgage Network for nine (9) months, but in all that time our entire department has always thought Forsythe is the best! The question I called you with a few minutes ago was actually the first time I have ever had to call with a question, which obviously shows that everybody there is doing their job! We do a lot of business in Minnesota and have used several of the Minnesota offices. You have all been great! Your offices have a very good turnaround time – I believe this was only three business days, whereas other appraisal firms may take as many as five to ten business days. It certainly goes without saying that you are always our first avenue of pursuit for these field reviews because of this excellent service. In fact, when we require a Field Review on a property that is not in any of the areas your service, we get disappointed. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

Will Currier, Wholesale Underwriter
Mortgage Network

Excellent thank you so much. We love Forsythe!!!!!!

Jan Whalen, Underwriting Manager
Mortgage Network

Thank you. I have a call into tech support to review this and see what the problem is. Thanks again for the excellent service!

Nicole Tonnar, Loan Officer
Northwoods Credit Union

Fantastic turn around time!!!!!!!!! Thanx a million!!!!

Brain M. Clark
I M Solutions, Inc.


Received your appraisal for R****** at **** Parma Park . Thank you so much. Your speed and professionalism is refreshing. I will send you all appraisals I have in your area and I will recommend your service to my associates.

Jim Abbott
Consumer Financial Consulting

Thank you for being so prompt, I appreciate your hard work.



Thank you so much I really appreciate the service. We will be in contact in the near future.

Jason Parrot, Team Leader / Sr. Account Executive
Best Rate Funding

Thanks Lindsay. I appreciate the professional and moxxy you and your company portrayed in achieving this appraisal. I will use Forsythe and pass it on to the other loan officers.

Gregory P. Mullin, Senior Mortgage Analyst
First Ohio Banc & Lending, Inc.


Thanks so much. I will be sure to use your company in the future.

James Rigoulot, Mortgage Consultant
Wyndham Capital Mortgage, Inc.


Thanks Lynn! I received the H*** appraisal today…. Very efficient! I will continue to use you...

Mark Steele, Home Loan Consultant
Amerihome Mortgage, LLC


Yes, Jennie did an excellent job of helping me on this one. I really appreciate your company’s superior customer service and business.

Robert W. Bradley, (Homefield) Account Manager – On Site
LSI, A Fidelity National Information Services Company

No problem, thank you for your fast responses.

Kevin Kramm, Branch Manager
Filoosh Financial Group

Thank you, that was really fast!!! I’ll have to use you more often…

Steven K Riley
Mortgage Specialist

You’re awesome. Thanks.

Steven R Noga, Performance Engineer
LSI, A Division of Fidelity National Financial


Thank you for the amazing turn around on this file. I appreciate it, your company provides really great service and turn around. We appreciate it over here, thanks.

Martin Greenwood, Team 1 Sales Supervisor
Nation One Mortgage Company, Inc.

You’re awesome! Thank you!

Charla Martin, Senior Loan Officer
Synergy Capital

Thank so much for the update and the quick response to getting this order scheduled.

Bret Spartz
MB Servicing, Inc.

You guys are the best.

Ben Jacobs, Loan Consultant
Capital One Home Loans

Thank you so much, my team is goofing on me because I was bragging so much about you guys… they said I am on the “Forsythe Bandwagon” …. Regards to you all!!

Patricia Schoenfeld
Top Dot

Thank you soo much for your assistance. I really appreciate it.

Troy Forjone, Wholesale division
HomeGate Settlement Services

I used to use all Forsythe branches when I worked for another company and I really liked working with you all, so I decided to get this company to use.

Kim McMath, Mortgage Coordinator
First Boston Mortgage Corp.


Thank you a million, appreciate the urgency [in] having this completed. Have a great day….

Brent Ribeiro, Team Lead- Region 2
Homegate Settlement Services

Have I told you lately how wonderful you guys are?? If not, you guys rock!! Thanks!!

Maryann Martinez, Customer Service Representative

Wow that was so quick, thank you!!!

Colleen Hanley, Collateral Assessment Department
iMortgage Services

Thank you sooo much. I realize I have been a high maintenance customer, and I appreciate your patience. Again, thank you for getting the job done.

Matt Kiggins, Loan Officer
United Financial Mortgage Corp.

Thank you so much for your help and urgency on this! We really appreciate it – and I know you guys jumped thru hoops to get this done.

Sonia Kilmer
First National

Thank you for the quick turnaround.

James J. Ryan, Review Appraisal Underwriting Manager

You guys are truly awesome!! Thanks so much!!

Maryann Martinez, Customer Service Representative


Thank you very much for getting this back for us, it is a pleasure doing business with your company. Your turn and great communication really helps us out a lot. Thanks.

Martin Greenwood, Team 1 Sales Supervisor
Nation One Mortgage Company, Inc.


I wanted that the revised report has now been received, and I appreciate any help you provided in getting that done. I also wanted to let you know that I felt Tashima Jones, shown in the correspondence below, did a fine job in assisting me with this. Whenever I emailed her I got an immediate response, so I truly believe that she was doing her job and doing it well.

Mickie Nagy
Appraisal QC

Thank you for such FAST service. You guys are great.

Emily Adams , Mortgage Loan Partner
Bornhorst Team
National City Mortgage, a Division of National City Bank of Indiana


Thank you sweetheart! I love working with you.

Kevin Troy, Branch Manager
Home Loan Consultants