The Stanhope Group is a real estate appraisal and consulting firm that was established in 1967. At its inception, appraisal services were provided to the Veterans Administration, banks, and law firms. In the early 1970's, the firm expanded its services in the area of commercial and industrial real estate, servicing both commercial banking and corporate clients. Staff expansion began in the mid 1970's in order to meet the needs of the region's growing economy. In the late 1970's and early 1980's, the firm was in the forefront of serving a mortgage banking industry in transition to increased reliance on secondary markets. Peter Stanhope was one of the first appraisers in the region to be designated by Fannie Mae as an approved appraiser.

The need for specialized education and professional designation was recognized with the firm's establishment of both education and experience standards for members of the professional staff prior to the enactment of FIRREA in 1989. Today, the firm offers professional services at the Licensed, Certified Real Property and Certified General Appraiser levels in New Hampshire, southern Maine, and northeastern Massachusetts.

The growth of the firm's staff during the 1980's allowed for an expanded service area. The firm now serves New Hampshire, southern Maine and northeastern Massachusetts. The staff has provided professional services in all New England states, New York, Virginia, Florida, and Quebec Province. The scope of assignments prepared by the firm has included a variety of properties ranging from one week of time share to northern New England's largest waste management facility. Clients are provided in excess of 3,500 reports from the firm's administrative and regional service offices annually.

The firm's dedication to services includes a region wide computer network. Each staff appraiser's home office computer is interconnected with a series of data bases in the firm's offices as well as various resource data bases in the region. The firm's internal database includes over 80,000 verified transactions occurring during the last five years.

The Stanhope Group maintains the highest standards of professional practice. Each appraiser is subject to an internal review involving the Chief Appraiser or a Senior Staff Appraiser. The firm's employment standards for professional education are coupled with an in house educational programs and seminars.

The firm does business today under the name of its founder, Peter Stanhope. The Stanhope Group has an appraisal and clerical staff of thirty. The appraisal staff includes valuation specialists in the areas of mortgage banking, employee relocation, eminent domain, litigation, assessment appeal, commercial-industrial properties and the preparation of feasibility studies.

The Stanhope Group's goals are to meet the needs of our clients, maintain the high standards set forth by the Appraisal Foundation's Appraisal Standards Board, and be a reliable and timely source for appraisal services. We provide our clients a full range of appraisal products at competitive professional fees.