North Country
2:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Real Estate Appraiser Who Angered Northern Pass Settles

A complaint by Northern Pass against James Walker, a real estate appraiser from the North Country, has been settled.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

James Walker, of Franconia, has agreed to pay a fine to settle a complaint Northern Pass filed with the state’s Real Estate Appraiser Board.  

James Walker
James Walker
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Northern Pass complained after Walker told a Dalton couple that the project’s electrical towers would reduce the value of their 135 acres by 63 percent.

Northern Pass challenged Walker’s methods, saying the project may have been unfairly harmed.

Walker agreed to pay $2,000,  says Walker’s lawyer, Phil Waystack.

“He essentially acknowledged that in general that he could have put more detail on the section explaining the reason for the basis of the appraisal.”

Had Walker chosen to fight the complaint he could have lost his license.

Waystack said Walker has also agreed to drop an ethics complaint he filed with the appraiser board against Brian Underwood.

Appraiser Board chairman Brian Underwood.
Appraiser Board chairman Brian Underwood.
Credit Chris Jensen for NHPR

Underwood is the chairman of the appraiser board and he has done work for Northern Pass.

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen

For more on this story and why the original complaint worries some Northern Pass opponents, go here.