About Us

Accurity United is the premier appraisal firm in the Chicagoland Area. As an independently owned and operated franchise of Accurity Valuation, one of the largest appraisal firms in the nation, Accurity United offers their clients a wide variety of appraisal services both locally and nationally.  Our knowledge, expertise, and high-quality appraisal services is unmatched in the industry.

About the Principals

Accurity United was founded by Rick Hiton and TJ McCarthy, merging two of the oldest and largest appraisal firms in Illinois.

Rick Hiton, MS, IFAS, LEED GA, has been in the valuation industry for over 37 years and is an expert in urban economics and property valuation.  

Mr. Hiton is a Past President of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (ICAP), considered the leading appraisal coalition to affect change in the appraisal industry. He currently serves on the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals Board and the NAIFA Chicago Chapter Board.

Mr. Hiton holds the IFAS designation from the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, Masters of Science Degree in Real Estate and Urban Economics. In 2016, Mr. Hiton completed: Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership Program, Certificate Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University.

As a certified LEED Green Associate, Mr. Hiton provides expertise in sustainability and environmental impact and is committed to the green building movement. He has also been certified by the Appraisals Institute in Commercial/Residential Solar Valuation.

Mr. Hiton currently serves as the COO and the Director of Sustainability for Accurity Valuation, providing LEED Green consultation at a national level, with the backing of one of the largest appraisal firms in the nation.

Most recently, Rick was awarded the very first Valuation Expo Most Valuable Appraiser Award. 

 

TJ McCarthy, SRA, IFA, has been in the valuation industry for over 40 years and is a trusted industry analyst and consultant.

Mr. McCarthy has held various leadership positions in the appraisal industry, including President of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, President of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals (ICAP), and currently serves on the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals Board and the NAIFA Chicago Chapter Board.  

Mr. McCarthy holds the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute and the IFA designation from the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers. 

He has been an appraisal analyst for Channel 7 ABC Eyewitness News and Channel 5 NBC News. He is also a nationally approved appraisal instructor with the Appraisal Institute and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers. 

In 2002, he was appointed by the State of Illinois to the Illinois Real Estate Appraisal Licensing Board with the Department of Professional Regulations.  He served on the State Appraisal Board for 12 years and was the Board Chair from 2006 – 2008.   Mr. McCarthy also served on the Appraisal Foundations State Regulatory Advisory Board - SRAG in Washington D.C.

About Accurity Valuation

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Accurity Valuation is a full service national provider of real estate valuation services with offices nationwide. Accurity offers a broad spectrum of services for both residential and commercial properties including; appraisals for loan origination, forensic and valuation fraud reviews, litigation support, statistical analysis and collateral valuation reviews. Clients include government agencies, law firms, risk management firms, mortgage lenders and others who rely on the firm’s specialized services and high level of expertise. Privately held, the firm was founded in 2005 and defines the leading edge of the valuation profession. For more information visit www.AccurityValuation.com.