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Florida Expert

Forensic Real Estate Appraisal
Forensic Appraisal Peer Review
Construction & Remediation Cost Estimation

Nelson Boswell, Jr., JD, SRA
Cert Res RD403
CGC 1518838 FL
Lic. R.E. Broker 437493 FL


Nelson Boswell Jr, JD, SRA, Cert Res 403, Certified General Contractor, is a qualified expert witness in matters of real estate appraisal & construction/remediation cost estimation through out the state of Florida and headquartered in Hillsborough County (Tampa) Florida.  For over 35 years He has performed real estate appraisals up and down the east and west coast of Florida from north to south, from the Panhandle to Naples and from Miami to Jacksonville.  He is a qualified appraiser expert witness in the US District Court Middle District of Florida & the 13th Circuit for the state of Florida.  Mr. Boswell is also an expert in Appraisal Regulation per the new Dodd-Frank Act and Title XI of the FIRREA law passed in 1989.

Mr. Boswell has been appraising all types of attached and detached 1-4 family residential and commercial appraisal assignments and construction cost estimates for over 35 years.  Assignments include, but are not limited to:  multi-million dollar high quality properties from gulf-front, lake front, golf course, acreage, horse farms, estates with multiple detached residences, historic homes, unique and one-of-a-kind property, apartments, self-storage, doctors offices, convenience stores, discounted sell-out, vacant sites, etc., etc.

Users include but are not limited to attorneys in and out of state, bankers, mortgage companies, government entities, executives, high net worth individuals and private individuals for use in litigation, financing, purchasing and selling decisions.

Florida has one of the most complex and comprehensive building codes in the nation as a result of Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  Mr. Boswell is a knowledgeable expert in all editions of the Florida Building Code, Existing, Building, and Residential.  


Also specializing in Homeowners Insurance Appraisal Clause.  This does not pertain to real estate market valuation, but instead pertaining to the invocation of the appraisal clause by the insured or the carrier in claim disputes.  A major aspect of a loss reward is often accurate remediation and repair of structure estimation, as well as ascertaining other losses incurred by the insured and covered under the policy.

Mr. Boswell also specializes in the appraisal and cost estimation of complex, unique or one-of-a-kind, high-dollar-value residential property, especially where an accurate Cost Approach by way of a Professional Cost Estimate provides support to the estimate of market value.  This is even more the case if expert witness testimony might be required.  We are very proficient in the latest version of Xactimate Cost Estimating software and other types of cost estimating software.

A professional cost or remediation estimate involves more than just using software.  There is a process and a methodology (just as in real estate appraisal process and methodology), where the estimator arrives at a Final Cost or Remediation Estimate using standard construction cost estimating procedures.  No matter how complex the estimate, it should be logical and easy to understand.

And it is best done by somebody who has actual contracting and building experience.

States don't license cost estimators.  States do license professionals who perform cost estimates as a part of an ongoing business practice.  Among the best license and qualification for such an assignment is a State Certified Class A General Contractor (includes any building type).  Furthermore, an experienced seasoned real estate appraiser is skilled in report writing technique.  This lends itself well to producing a well supported, well written cost estimate.