United Valuation is the premier appraisal firm in the Chicagoland Area. 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.
United Valuation was founded by Rick Hiton and TJ McCarthy, merging two of the oldest and largest appraisal firms in Illinois.
Rick Hiton, MS, ASA, 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.
Mr. Hiton holds the ASA and IFAS designations from the American Society of 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 Appraisal Institute in Commercial/Residential Solar Valuation.
TJ McCarthy, SRA, ASA, 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 ASARPC Committee of the American Society of Appraisers (ASA).
Mr. McCarthy holds the SRA designation from the Appraisal Institute and the ASA and IFA designations from the American Society of 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 American Society of 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.
Patrick Felvey, ASA, IFA, is owner and President of HF Appraisal, one of the largest appraisal firms in the Chicagoland area. He is a native Chicagoan and currently resides in DeKalb Illinois with his wife Georgeann. He has been in the valuation industry for over 30 years and is a trusted industry analyst and consultant.
Pat has always been a proactive appraiser and has held various leadership positions in the industry including currently serving as Vice President of the Illinois Coalition of Appraisal Professionals – ICAP Board.
Pat is the President and Founder of Goodfellows of Genoa/Kingston Charity, providing clothing to over 200 children every Christmas Eve for the past five years.
He enjoys spending leisure time with his family, golfing and pursuing other outdoor recreational sports.