Since 1989, we have been providing top commercial valuation services to our clients across New England.

Founded by James F. Fisher, MAI in 1989, Realty Advisors (Formerly known as Western New England Appraisal) rapidly gained regional prominence as one of the foremost commercial real estate appraisal firms in New England. Realty Advisors is headquartered in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Benefiting from its location, as well as its growing reputation for quality work product, Realty Advisors has been able to attract a talented staff of seasoned professionals with a broad range of experience in both local and national real estate markets.

In response to demand from regional financial institutions in the Boston area, an eastern Massachusetts office was opened in early 1991. This office is now under the direction of Thomas G. Fisher.

MassComp Data was formed in 1993 as the first data base of commercial real estate transactions in Massachusetts. The product is now used by hundreds of real estate appraisers and real estate lenders and has been instrumental in broadening the scope of services provided.

In 1994, buyer brokerage, site selection and advisory services were added, creating a full service firm. Combining a national real estate perspective with an in-depth knowledge of local and regional markets these firms represent one of the region’s top resources for commercial real estate appraisal, real estate data, brokerage and related services. Augmented by multi-disciplined technical expertise, the firm prepares a superior work product that is designed to be functionally usable in sound real estate investment decision making. 


Appraisal and Consulting:

  • MAI Appraisals

  • Appraisal Reviews

  • Qualified Expert Testimony

  • Property Tax Valuation and Counseling

  • Institutional Portfolio Valuation

  • Market and Feasibility Studies

  • Due Diligence

  • Property Inspections / Evaluations

  • Highest and Best Use Studies

  • Cash Flow Analyses

  • Eminent Domain Valuation

  • Revaluation Analysis for Municipalities

  • Rent Comparison Studies

james f. fisher, mai - president

James F. Fisher, MAI founder of Realty Advisors is a native of Braintree, Massachusetts and a graduate of Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts. He began his appraisal career in 1985 as an independent contractor for Connecticut's largest commercial appraisal firm, Edward F. Heberger and Associates of Cheshire, Connecticut. This association continued until 1989 and formed a sound base for his independent appraisal firm venture.

Mr. Fisher was awarded the SRPA (Senior Real Property Appraiser) designation from the Society of Real Estate Appraisers in 1987 and was awarded the MAI designation from the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers in 1991.

Mr. Fisher has performed over 1,600 appraisals representing over half a billion dollars in assets throughout New England.  He has experience in all commercial property categories, and specializes in complex analysis of income properties.

He has also performed various analyses on non traditional property types including:
hotels, motels, golf courses, avigation easements, land taking for highways and urban renewal, nursing homes, municipal airports, power centers, travel centers, restaurants, industrial parks, gas stations, mobile home parks, tennis clubs, skating rinks, auto dealerships, complex subdivisions, airport parking facilities, religious facilities,  cooperative apartments, private boarding schools, plus a variety of property use conversion studies.

Mr. Fisher is co-founder of MassComp Data, formed in 1993 as the first data base of commercial real estate transactions in Massachusetts. The product is now used as part of the Appraisal Institute’s National Commercial Real Estate Data Base.

Mr. Fisher has qualified as an expert in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the Massachusetts Appellate Tax Board, Hampden County District Court, Berkshire County Superior Court, local housing courts, and has provided valuation services for land damages and right-of-way purposes.