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Class Appraisal, Inc. works with the nation’s leading lenders and appraisers to provide regulatory compliance and operational services for residential appraisal reports.

In 2010, legislation known as The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, was enacted that required mortgage lenders to abide by “Appraisal Independence Requirements” (AIR). As a result, Class Appraisal, a Nationwide Appraisal Management Company, was formed by a team of industry veterans to service the ever changing needs of the mortgage and valuation industry.

We have quickly become one of the fastest growing and respected Appraisal Management Companies in the United States. We have earned a reputation of delivering outstanding quality and service by focusing on the creation of long-lasting relationships with our business partners. We are committed to combining the best people, products, processes and technology possible. Our primary goals are simple: to innovate, to provide viable solutions and to be a strategic business partner with whom we work.

We understand that each business has a unique set of needs and requirements. To ensure we meet those requirements, our staff includes former State Certified Appraisers, DE Underwriters, National Production Managers and Mortgage Banking Executives. We will go above and beyond, using all the tools we have to help you grow your business. We are here to help you through the complicated valuation process so you can focus on the things you do best.

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President

John Fraas
meet our

Executive team

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

“Become a student of change.  It is the only thing that will remain constant.” —Anthony D’Angelo Since helping to start Class Appraisal as its… Read More

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning John oversees the Regulatory Compliance and Legal functions of Class Appraisal,… Read More

Controller

Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. Lisa was an early team member in the company’s startup. She has… Read More

Director of Appraiser Relations

The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare. Matt was one of the original team members involved… Read More

Director of Client Services

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in… Read More

Team Member Services Manager

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to” As the Manager of Team Member Services,… Read More

Chief Innovation Officer

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will… Read More

Director of Information Systems

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” -Elon Musk… Read More

Director of Appraiser Relations

The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare. Matt was one of the original team members involved… Read More

Director of Client Services

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in… Read More

Team Member Services Manager

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to” As the Manager of Team Member Services,… Read More

Chief Innovation Officer

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will… Read More

Director of Information Systems

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” -Elon Musk… Read More

President

John Fraas
meet our

Executive team

Vice President of Sales & Marketing

“Become a student of change.  It is the only thing that will remain constant.” —Anthony D’Angelo Since helping… Read More

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning John oversees the Regulatory Compliance… Read More

Controller

Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. Lisa was an early team member… Read More

Director of Appraiser Relations

The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare. Matt was one… Read More

Director of Client Services

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking… Read More

General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning John oversees the Regulatory Compliance… Read More

Controller

Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people. Lisa was an early team member… Read More

Director of Appraiser Relations

The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare. Matt was one… Read More

Director of Client Services

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking… Read More

Team Member Services Manager

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to” As… Read More

Chief Innovation Officer

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than… Read More

Director of Information Systems

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things… Read More

Director of Appraiser Relations

The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare. Matt was one… Read More

Director of Client Services

“We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking… Read More

Team Member Services Manager

“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to” As… Read More

Chief Innovation Officer

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than… Read More

Director of Information Systems

“I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things… Read More

meet our Executive
team

  • John Fraas - President
  • Matt Bedell - Director of Appraiser Relations

    The will to succeed is important but what’s more important is the will to prepare.

    Matt was one of the original team members involved with Class Appraisal upon it’s inception in 2009. During his tenure Matt has been involved in every part of the operation, and most of his time has been spent leading the Assigning and Appraiser Relations departments. During his tenure, Class Appraisal has built and grown its appraiser panel to over 14,000 partners who have helped Class provide the very best turn times, service and quality in the industry. Matt has a BBA in Business Administration from Baker College and has over 12 years experience in the industry.

  • John Hamameh - General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer

    Don’t let the fear of losing be greater than the excitement of winning

    John oversees the Regulatory Compliance and Legal functions of Class Appraisal, as well as Quality Control on the operational end. In his role, an emphasis is placed on obtaining the equilibrium of compliance, efficiency, and quality, by reinforcing the idea that minor improvements create great change. With this, Class is continuously improving the overall quality of work delivered, and in turn expediting turn-times to Clients. John is a licensed Attorney and Real Estate Broker. He received a BA from Wayne State University and a JD from Western Michigan Cooley Law School.

  • Lisa Federico - Controller

    Dream big, work hard, stay focused and surround yourself with good people.

    Lisa was an early team member in the company’s startup. She has over 28 years of accounting experience and manages the Accounting Department. Lisa assists with vital Human Resource needs and ensures that Class Appraisal’s financial systems are efficient and well organized. Lisa received her ASD from Oakland College.

  • Jon Tallinger - Vice President of Sales & Marketing

    “Become a student of change.  It is the only thing that will remain constant.” —Anthony D’Angelo

    Since helping to start Class Appraisal as its first employee in 2009, Jon has played several key roles throughout the company.  His primary focus now is planning and leading the company’s growth initiatives.  Under Jon’s direction, Class’s Sales & Marketing Team helped the company grow by over 250% since the start of 2016.  Jon and his team are planning for even bigger growth and success in 2018 and beyond.  Jon credits the continued growth to the company’s dedication to constantly improve and find new ways to make their processes better.   Jon graduated with a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University and has been a State Licensed Appraiser in the State of Michigan since 2002.

  • Michael Holmes - Director of Client Services

    “We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” C.S. Lewis.

    Through his leadership and coaching, Michael promotes a positive work environment throughout all of the Client Service Department. While training on exceptional customer service, he coaches his team members to become a better version of themselves that want to succeed and grow. Under Michael’s direction, he pushes his team to ensure all forms of communications with our clients are answered fast and efficiently. Michael’s leadership focuses on building character and work ethic to assist in the advancement of his team members.

  • Susan Stirling - Team Member Services Manager

    “Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to”

    As the Manager of Team Member Services, Susan is dedicated to providing the best industry training to our new hires and is committed to creating an exciting and engaging workplace for the team. Under Susan’s direction, not only has she trained 74 new hires, but she continues to collaborate with each team member to enhance their learning and growth at Class Appraisal. Susan has a BA and an MA from Central Michigan University.

  • Scot Rose - Chief Innovation Officer

    “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”-  Calvin Coolidge

  • Adam Derose - Director of Information Systems

    “I think that’s the single best piece of advice: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.” -Elon Musk

    “Adam, as the Director of Information Systems for Class Appraisal, manages, administrates, engineers, and secures all of Class Appraisals IT infrastructure and services. Formally trained for MS Server Environments and CISCO IOS switching and routing he has a combined 7 years of industry experience. Adam came on in the early days of Class Appraisal and has worked tirelessly to foster the companies continued growth through expanded technologies and enhanced services for the Class team.”

Awards & Recognitions

Our Company is Proud of Our Industry Achievements

Mortgage Professional America Hot 100 for 2018 - Alex elezaj

National Mortgage Professional Magazine Top Mortgage Employer for 2018

National Mortgage Professional Magazine Mortgage Professional of the Month for 2017 - Alex Elezaj

Mortgage Professional America Hot 100 for 2017 - Alex elezaj

National Mortgage Professional Magazine Most Connected for 2017 - Jon Tallinger

National Mortgage Professional Magazine 40 Under 40 for 2017 – Cherie Lynch & John Hamameh

National Mortgage Professional Magazine Visionary Organization for 2017 - Class Appraisal

Housingwire Vanguard Award for 2017 - Alex Elezaj

Housingwire Insiders Award for 2017 - Jon Tallinger

National Mortgage Professional of the Month for 2017 - Alex Elezaj

Housingwire Tech 100 Winner for 2017 - Class Appraisal

National Mortgage Professional Magazine 40 Under 40 Most Influential for 2016 – Jon Tallinger

HousingWire Rising Star of 2016 – Alex Elezaj

Mortgage News Network Visionary Organization for 2016 - Class Appraisal

dbusiness: Top Corporate Counsel for 2016 - John Hamameh

National Mortgage Professional Magazine 40 Under 40 for 2016 – Brian Dietderich

National Mortgage Professional Magazine Top Mortgage Employer for 2016

National Mortgage Professional Magazine 40 Under 40 for 2015 – Alex Elezaj & Jon Tallinger

National Mortgage Professional Magazine Top Mortgage Employer for 2017

2018 HW Tech100 Winner: Class Appraisal

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