About Us

Marie Wayland is the owner and President of Appraisals by the Sea, Delray Beach. She is an Accredited Appraiser of the International Society of Appraiser (ISA) since 2000, serving attorneys, banks, charities, realtors, and the private sector. Marie is a mentor to new appraisers, and an educator to her clients and colleagues. Marie appraises all household contents and is also known as the divorce expert in her field.

Marie enjoys helping Clients, even during the most difficult times, by inspecting, researching, and providing results. The research results provide the education that is required to make smart decisions about what to keep, sell, or donate. Spending the time and money for this service gives you the knowledge and control of the situation. In times of death and divorce, she is here to help you resolve at least one aspect of a stressful situation.

You can count on receiving reports that are written to the current USPAP (Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice) Standards, as well as the ISA’s Report Writing Standards and Code of Ethics. ​Marie has successfully exam tested through the ISA’s formal education courses, which include specialty in Residential (household) contents and fine art.  Continuing education requirements are fulfilled yearly, and USPAP compliance courses are promptly completed every two years to ensure she is performing at the top level in her specialty.

Prior to 2000, Marie worked for NCCI Holdings in Boca Raton for 13 years, and was known as a subject matter expert of Workers Compensation laws, data collection, and data quality. Marie earned seven promotions from Senior Analyst to various areas of Management, re-engineering, project management, and insurance industry education nationwide.

In 2011, Marie was chosen as the Art Expert for the filming of a Hoarders episode in Boca Raton Florida.  Hundreds of works were examined, and specific items were recommended for the filming. The show was rated as the number one show of the season, and continues to air periodically on TLC.

What is a personal property appraiser or PPA?
Appraisers are formally educated professionals that research and value items in your home, including furniture, fine art, decorative art, lighting, antiques, silver, porcelains, and collectibles.

Marie also appraises deconstructed items for charities and salvage yards, which include (but not limited to) kitchen cabinets, appliances, bathroom fixtures, lighting, and salvaged items such as wrought iron doors.

Marie meets the IRS definition of Appraiser for estate or donation appraisals. As defined in IRS code §170(f)(11)(E)(ii)(I). Their definition specifically states, “the Appraiser will be treated as having earned an appraisal designation from a recognized professional appraiser organization within the meaning of if the appraisal designation is awarded on the basis of demonstrated competency in valuing the type of property for which the appraisal is performed.”

How do PPAs add value?
When we appraise, we do one of three things:
1.) Solve a problem, e.g., divorce settlement; equitable distribution
2.) Educate – for better or worse, e.g., your item is worth more or less than Grandma said it was
3.) Fill a need, e.g., Client needs money to pay bills

How are we educated through ISA, ASA, or AAA
Appraisers are required to take specific courses with exams. Formal education is offered by one of three organizations: ISA, ASA, or the AAA. These organizations offer specialty courses that are required to appraise general residential contents, including art, furniture, antiques, collectibles, silver, porcelain, rugs, and more. Anyone who joins an Appraiser organizations as “candidates or members” and does not complete the required education, exams, and re-qualification every five years, is Not an appraiser. Joining an organization in name only creates an educated or ethical perception.

Education must include:
1. Report writing, laws, ethics for both accredited or certified designations; valuation process by type of appraisal
2. Specialty courses, e.g., fine art
3. Re-qualification testing every 5 years
4. Continuing education – 100 points every five years
5. USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) testing every 2 years. Appraisers are compliant – never certified – in USPAP
6. ISA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

How Appraisers Interact With Related Fields:
1. Antique Dealers and Gallery Owners – Appraisers will provide current valuations that you can present to a Dealer. Without the appraisal, a Dealer will make an offer to buy and you will not know if the offer is fair.

2. Liquidators – Their job is to sell your items for as much as the local market will pay. Liquidators  downsize or clear out an estate, and a good Liquidator will ask an Appraiser to investigate all potentially valuable items.

3. Auction Galleries – Their job is to sell your items for the highest amount possible, using the internet to reach thousands of potential collectors and general buyers.  While some auctions will take the time to research, most auctions will only provide an estimate of value in the form of a range, e.g., $400-600, for a particular item. Appraisers and Auctions work together to assess the Client’s belongings pre-sale.

4. Interior Designers – Many are educated in furniture styles, antiques, and art history.  Their qualifications do not qualify them for appraising, but they are qualified to make your home beautiful.  They are also helpful to Appraisers when they provide historical information about the Client’s purchases.