Lorrie Semler

Proprietor & Professional Profile

Lorrie Semler Photo Lorrie R. Semler, ISA, CAPP

Following is Lorrie Semler’s professional profile as a personal property appraiser and estate sale manager.

Appraisal Organizations & Activities:

International Society of Appraisers, Associate Member (12/92 – 3/93)

International Society of Appraisers, Accredited Member (ISA, 3/93 – 1/97)

International Society of Appraisers, Certified Member (CAPP, 1/97 – 10/07 & 1/12 – Present)

  • Chair, Electronic Information Services Committee (12/94 – 7/97)
  • Member, Membership Committee (3/95 – 5/96)
  • Nominating Committee: Vice Chair (5/98 – 3/00), Chair (3/00 – 4/02)
  • Distance Education Instructor (5/99 – 9/07)
  • Onsite Core Course Instructor (2/04 – 9/07)
  • Vice Chair, Designation & Review (3/00 – 4/02)
  • Chair, Designation & Review (5/14 – 4/17)

North Texas Chapter, International Society of Appraisers, Member (2/93 – 12/03 & 2013 – 2017)

  • Treasurer, 1994 – 1995
  • Secretary, 1996

American Society of Appraisers, Accredited Member (4/98 – 7/04)

Appraisers Association of America, Certified Member (2005 – 2012)

Professional Education:

ISA/CAPP Core Courses:

  • 101—Ethical conduct and procedures; communications and business practices
  • 102—Terminology; identification and authentication procedures; market and price research methodology; preliminary and limited appraisal report writing
  • 103—Narrative report writing and the principles of appraising for Federal Tax Functions and the legal aspects of appraising

ISA Core Course in Distance Education

ISA Specialty Courses:

  • 201—Appraisal of Residential Contents
  • 301—Expert Witness
  • Appraisal Report Writing Seminar
  • Certified Appraiser of Personal Property Review Course
  • Advance Appraisal Writing
  • ISA Requalification (multiple times)

National Appraisal Consultants Courses:

  • Understanding USPAP, A Personal Property Perspective
  • Turbo-charging Your Appraisal Practice

American Society of Appraisers Courses:

  • Principals of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics
  • Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
  • PP213—Principles of Valuation
  • ALL300—Appraisal Review
  • ALL301—Asset Differences between Disciplines

Texas Auction Academy:  1999 Graduate

Auction Marketing Institute: Certified Estate Specialist

USPAP Courses:

  • 15 hour course: 2007, 2012
  • 7 hour course: 2014, 2016, 2018

North Texas International Society of Appraisers Sponsored Course: 

  • Silver Identification: 2003
  • Ivory Identification: 2003
  • Wood Identification: 2004
  • Asian Art: 2005

Appraiser Association of America: New Legal Liabilities Issues in Appraising, 2000



1992 – Present
Sole Proprietor, Semler Appraisals & Estate Liquidations
Appraise residential contents, including: antiques, decorative art, and collectibles in the Dallas and North Texas area. Manage and conduct estate sales and moving sales.

1989 – Present
Sole Proprietor, Yankee Peddler Antiques
Negotiate the purchase and sale of valuable antiques; research items to determine value; merchandise and display antiques; maintain the financial accounts.

Manager, Knox Street Antique Mall
Established policies and procedures for a startup antique mall; leased booths; selected security systems, computer programs, check verification services; hired and managed sales staff; ran the day-to-day operations of the mall.

1983 – 1992
Technical Instructor, Ericsson Network Systems, Northern Telecom, Inc., and ARC Automation Services
Researched and analyzed complex technical telecommunications products to develop course materials; presented courses to technicians and non-technicians; led teams of instructors; implemented new training techniques; organized and set up a self-paced learning center.

1979 – 1982
Graduate Assistant, Texas Woman’s University
Conducted extensive research and analysis projects, including library research as well as physiological testing of humans; one project resulted in 110 page report and an abstract published in Dissertation Abstracts International.

1975 – 1979
Instructor/Teacher, College of Great Falls, MT and Summit High School, NJ

Academic Education:

PhD, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas:  December, 1986

MA, Montclair State College, Montclair, New Jersey:  January, 1977

BS, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland:  December, 1973


  • Articles for Antique Prime Magazine and Journal, published by Antique Prime Publications, P.O. Box 142964, Irving, TX 75014-2964.
  • Articles for The Antique Times, published by Antique Times Magazine, Box 326, St. Louis, MO 63132-3002.
  • Articles for the online newsletter AuctionBytes, published by Steiner & Associates, PO Box 668, Natick, MA 01760.
  • Articles for Auction World and The Auctioneer, published by the National Auctioneer’s Association, 8880 Ballentine, Overland Park, KS.

Course Development and Taught:
Appraising for Damage and Loss Claims in the Moving & Storage Industry

Distinguished Service Award, International Society of Appraisers, 1998, 2014-2015
Marketing Award, International Society of Appraisers, 1999

Expert Witness Testimony:
Federal Court, Dallas County, TX  2003
Federal Bankruptcy Court, Houston TX  2010
State Civil Court – Judge Raggio  2012


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