Murphy Appraisal Services, LLC, is a comprehensive and full-service real estate appraisal and consulting firm with extensive experience throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. While based and focused in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area, we historically have covered the length of the Interstate 10 and Interstate 12 corridors from Lake Charles and Lafayette to Baton Rouge through New Orleans and the Florida Parishes and into the Mississippi Gulf Coast from Waveland to Pascagoula and onto Mobile.

For 24 years, we have provided high quality commercial and residential real estate appraisal services for a wide ranging client base including both national and locally based institutional lenders, private individuals, estate planning professionals, attorneys, and real estate development companies.  We perform literally thousands of appraisals annually. In fact, we are the largest appraisal firm in the state of Louisiana.

Founder Rick Murphy, who has 24 years of experience in real estate appraisal, brokerage, and development in South Louisiana, leads a staff of 29 individuals which includes five state certified general appraisers and six state certified residential appraisers.  This includes general and residential appraiser licenses in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina.  In addition, this staff includes professionals in real estate sales and brokerage.

The Murphy Appraisal staff of 29 people includes five state-certified general appraisers and six state-certified residential appraisers as well as other professionals experienced in real estate appraisal, brokerage and development and a number of administrative and support personnel.

Our proprietary MARD system (Murphy Appraisal Research Department) uses the combined information of appraisals we have performed as well as two full time researchers to provide leading-edge analysis of values and demographics.  In addition, we publish a bi-yearly newsletter for both the north shore area of New Orleans and the New Orleans area itself.

Staff certifications and licenses include state-certified general appraisers in Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and Alabama, state-certified residential appraisers in Louisiana and Mississippi, state-licensed real estate brokers in Louisiana and Mississippi, and appraisal panelists and consultant panelists for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.

  • Rick Murphy, MAI, SRA

    Rick Murphy,MAI, SRA, has worked in real estate in the greater New Orleans area since 1984. In 1991, he founded Murphy Appraisal Services, LLC, a full-service appraisal firm that currently has offices throughout Louisiana. A state-certified general real estate appraiser in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina, Mr. Murphy also has a real estate […]

  • Ashton W. Ray, MAI

    Ashton Ray

      Ashton W. Ray, MAI, joined Murphy Appraisal Services in April 2005 and became a state certified general real estate appraiser in January 2009.  He received his MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute in June of 2015.  He is the manager of the Hammond office and primarily focuses along the I-12 corridor as well the Mississippi Gulf Coast market. […]

  • Neal S. Meyer, R/W-AC

    Neal Scott Meyer joined Murphy Appraisal in 2003 and became a Partner in 2010. He splits appraisal duties between condemnation-related appraisal work and general appraisal work. Neal holds the R/W-AC designation from the International Right of Way Association and is also working towards his MAI.  Neal is a board member of the International Right of […]

  • William Summerour

    William Summerour joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2007 and became a partner with the company in 2010. Mr. Summerour is a state certified general real estate appraiser now working towards his MAI designation. His primary areas of focus include larger scale investment properties such as net lease properties, shopping centers, apartment complexes, office buildings, and […]

  • Thomas M. Hancock, MAI

    Thomas M. Hancock, MAI, joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2010, and is a state certified general real estate appraiser in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In October of 2018, the Appraisal Institute awarded Mr. Hancock the MAI designation, which is the highest level of designation awarded in the appraisal industry globally. Mr. Hancock is recognized as […]

  • Blake Ridings

    Blake Ridings began his commercial real estate career with Murphy Appraisal Services in January of 2008. Mr. Ridings is now a state certified general appraiser in Louisiana and Mississippi and Candidate for Designation as a member of the Appraisal Institute. Over the course of his career Mr. Ridings has appraised a wide variety of commercial […]

  • James S. Montgomery

    James S. Montgomery

    James S. Montgomery joined Murphy Appraisal Services in September 2006 before becoming a state certified general real estate appraiser in 2013.  His work includes a wide variety of commercial properties throughout Southeast Louisiana with a primary focus on gas station valuations.  A New Orleans native, Mr. Montgomery graduated from Isidore Newman School before attending the University […]

  • Scott Guidry

    Scott Guidry

    Scott Guidry joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2013. He is a native of Hammond, Louisiana and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management from Louisiana State University. Since joining Murphy Appraisal Services, he has appraised a wide variety of property types ranging from offices, warehouses, restaurants, and industrial properties to subdivisions and vacant land. […]

  • Jeremy Loescher

    Jeremy Loescher

    Jeremy Loescher joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2011. His focus is the valuation of income producing real estate properties including hotels, retail centers, NNN lease investments, multi-family developments and mixed-use developments. Jeremy has also completed numerous specialized valuation assignments including industrial port facilities, Mississippi River batture and LME storage facilities. Prior to joining Murphy Appraisal […]

  • Katherine Harang-Bourgeois

    Katherine Harang

    Katherine Harang-Bourgeois, a native of Thibodaux, LA, joined Murphy Appraisal Service in 2011.  Ms. Harang-Bourgeois has assisted in the valuation of a wide array of commercial properties, including vacant land, office, multi-family, and mixed use buildings, retail centers, and industrial properties.   She currently has her appraiser’s trainee license and is actively working toward obtaining her […]

  • Steven Murray

    Steven T. Murray joined Murphy Appraisal Services as a commercial appraiser in May of 2015. Mr. Murray is a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and is a State of Mississippi Licensed Appraiser. After graduating from Mississippi State University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Management of Construction and Land Development, with a Minor […]

  • Crawford Hodgson

    Crawford Hodgson joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2015 as a Commercial Administrative and Research Assistant in our New Orleans Office. Crawford is a native of Fairhope, Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014 with a degree in Biological Sciences.  She currently resides in New Orleans and enjoys tennis, travel, and great food. Crawford can be reached at the […]

  • Cindy Caruso

    Cindy Caruso came to us in 2011 after a long career in the banking and mortgage lending industry with multiple skill sets including office administration, sales and accounting. A native of New Orleans, Cindy grew up in Madisonville and, now, calls Covington her home. Cindy serves as our Administrative Manager and oversees office operations for […]

  • Dawn Sinagra

    Dawn Sinagra joined our team in 2012 as the Commercial Administrative and Research Assistant in our Hammond Office. Dawn brings several years of office administrative experience to the team. She, currently, resides in the Hammond area with her family. Dawn can be reached at 985-310-4990, or at

  • Pam Robicheaux

    Pam Robicheaux is the Office Manager of our Metairie Residential office.  Following many years of living away she returned to Louisiana and joined the Murphy staff in 2006.  She brings to our team a background of management and administrative skills. Pam can be reached at 504-838-6005, or at

  • Arlene Siener

    Arlene Siener our Bookkeeper and maintains all accounting and payroll records. She has been with Murphy Appraisal since 2006 and brings over 20 years experience as a Legal Administrator and Notary.   Arlene resides in the Mandeville area with her family and is an avid tennis player and football fan. Arlene can be reached at 985-626-4115, […]

  • Rachael Couvillion

    Rachael Couvillion joined our company in 2012 as our commercial and residential Appraisal Coordinator. She brings many years of office management, administration and retail sales experience to the company. Rachael is a native of south Louisiana and currently resides in the Mandeville area with her family. Rachael can be reached at 985-626-4115, or at

  • Carla Moore

    Carla Moore joined our company in 2014 as a Commercial Research Analyst and has a residential appraisal trainee license.  Carla is a native of South Louisiana and currently resides in the Covington area with her family.. Carla can be reached at 985-626-4115, or at

  • Chris Smiroldo, SRA

    Chris Smiroldo

    Chris Smiroldo, SRA, graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising/Liberal Arts in 1994.  After working in retail management for four years, Chris received his Louisiana realtor license in 1999 followed by his Louisiana State Certified Residential Appraiser designation in 2001. Mr. Smiroldo currently resides in Mandeville, LA with his wife Hether […]

  • David W. LaBalle

    David LaBalle

    David joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 1994 and has been a Louisiana Certified Residential Appraiser since 1997. Appraisal experience includes single family and multi-family properties, condominiums and vacant land in south eastern Louisiana. In 2009 David was approved and added to the FHA Appraiser Roster. With the exception of service in the U.S. Marine Corps, […]

  • Todd R. Fitzmorris

    Todd Fitzmorris

    Todd R. Fitzmorris is a St. Tammany Parish native and a graduate from Mandeville High School. Mr. Fitzmorris graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in management with a minor in marketing in 1989. Mr. Fitzmorris joined Murphy Appraisal Services in July of 1998 and is a Louisiana state-certified residential real estate appraiser […]

  • Victoria A. Beveridge

    Vicki Beverage

    Victoria has lived in St. Tammany Parish for the last 35 years and has been appraising residential properties since 1986. It all started when her mother-in-law wanted to sell real estate but didn’t want to do it alone. Victoria orginally became a licensed Real Estate agent under Fallon Realty. She moved to Paul Gasser Real Estate between1989-1996 […]

  • Dina McCarty

    Dina McCarty is a state-certified residential appraiser.  Since joining Murphy Appraisal Services in 2005, Dina has been based in the company’s Metairie office.  Miss McCarty currently performs appraisals  in Plaquemines, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, Jefferson, Orleans, St. Charles, East Baton Rouge, Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.  Over the course of her career, Dina has […]

  • Haley D. Hernandez

    Haley D. Hernandez is a native of Ponchatoula, LA. She joined Murphy Appraisal Services in January of 2013 and is a Residential Real Estate Appraiser Trainee. Haley works in our Hammond office and covers all areas of Tangipahoa, Livingston, Washington, East Baton Rouge, Ascension and surrounding areas. Haley has over 10 years of real estate […]

  • Garrett Chamberlain Goetz Jr

    Garrett Chamberlain Goetz Jr. joined Murphy Appraisal Services in May, 2016 as a research assistant. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in December 2016, and is currently working to become a certified commercial appraiser at the Hammond office.  Mr. Goetz currently resides in Covington, Louisiana where he graduated from St. Paul’s high […]

  • Kathy Odendahl

    Administrative Assistant

    Kathy Odendahl joined our company in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant for our Covington office. Kathy has had an extensive career in the mortgage lending and real estate industries, most recently as a Realtor in Georgia and Florida. Kathy enjoys rediscovering her native New Orleans, having recently moved back to the area. Kathy can be […]

  • Lane-Larkin Davis

    Lane-Larkin Davis joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2017 and is currently working to become a commercial appraiser in our New Orleans office. Lane, a New Orleans native, graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart before attending Loyola University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and Social Sciences. She currently resides in New […]

  • Nathan S Pierre

    Nathan S. Pierre joined Murphy Appraisal Services in October of 2017. He is native of Folsom Louisiana and attended Covington High School before graduating from Loyola University of New Orleans in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Accounting. At Loyola University, Nate was a member of the Men’s Basketball Program […]

  • Brandon Johnson

    Brandon Johnson joined Murphy Appraisal Services in November of 2017 and is currently working to become a commercial appraiser in the New Orleans office. Brandon is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and a minor in Real Estate. He currently resides […]

  • Ravi Shetye

    Ravi Shetye joined Murphy Appraisal Services in 2017 and is a Residential Real Estate Appraiser Trainee. Ravi attended Isidore Newman School and is a graduate of Tulane University. Ravi is a twelve year veteran in the Real Estate Industry, working as an Agent, Appraiser, Investor, and Developer. Ravi prides himself on bringing these experiences to […]

  • Luke Barrilleaux

    Luke Barrilleaux joined Murphy Appraisal Services in January 2018 and is a residential Real Estate Appraiser Trainee working towards his Certification.  Luke is a graduate of the University of New Orleans with a bachelor’s in Business Administration in 2002.  Luke has been an appraiser trainee since 2013 and is also a Louisiana Licensed Realtor. Luke […]

  • Shanna Baugh

    A longtime resident of Ponchatoula, Shanna Baugh graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1998. Shanna is a Louisiana State Certified Residential Real Estate appraiser. She began working for Murphy Appraisal Services in 2003 as an Administrative Assistant. Shanna received her Trainee License in 2006 and became a […]