DENNIS A. SCARDILLI, ESQ., MAI, PP, CTA - PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE

When I say that I have had four careers involving real estate, I really mean it. That's four careers, if you aggregate several different roles into one career. As you read about my professional experience, you can learn more by clicking on the red highlighted text. That will take you to a separate page with information on that part of my qualifications. You can come back to this page by using the "Back" button on your web browser. 

Since graduation from college, I have been a Realtor-Associate, a Professional Planner, an MAI real estate appraiser and now an attorney.  In one or another of those positions, I've done just about everything involving the various types of real estate we have in Southern New Jersey. 

I have been involved in real estate since I cleaned out the first FHA "repo" my father bought when I was in grade school. After graduating from Pleasantville High School, I went to Wheaton College, in Illinois, where I earned a B.A. in Communications. Shortly after I graduated from Wheaton, I served in the U.S. Army Reserve, where I attained the rank of Major. 

For the first five years out of college, I worked as a Realtor-Associate with my father Joseph Scardilli. Dad was proud to be a Realtor for over 30 years and was a past president of the Atlantic City & County Board of Realtors. I sold single family homes, dug digging footings and laid roofing shingles, acted as a general contractor and developed land in this first career in real estate. 

In 1976, I started my second career in real estate, in government planning and development positions at four levels of government.  I left the family business to work in a national political campaign and wound up in Washington, DC the following winter. That led to a temporary appointment at HUD and eventually a position as a Project Manager at the New Jersey Housing Finance Agency, now called the NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency. 

My buddy Peter Karabashian, Atlantic City's first Planning Director, brought me back to Atlantic County in late 1978 to become the City's first Housing and Economic Development Planner. After a few years back in the family business from 1980-82, I was appointed Atlantic County Economic Development Director by County's first County Executive Charles "Chuck" Worthington. In the middle of this second career, I earned a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University and then a New Jersey Professional Planner's License. 

My third career in real estate, as a real estate appraiser, actually started in the time between the Atlantic City and County positions when I was working with our family firm. In 1984 I worked with a national consulting firm, then a regional one, then my own, and that began a series of positions and educational experiences that led to earning the coveted designation of "MAI, Member of the Appraisal Institute" in 1991. Along the way, I added more skills in the research and analysis of real estate in Southern New Jersey and continued to do so when I converted my now-retired father's real estate sales business into an appraisal practice. 

My real estate appraisal career took a turn when I closed up my appraisal practice in January 1999 and went to work at HUD's Philadelphia Regional Office as a Multifamily Appraiser. I had started in the extended division of Widener University School of Law several years earlier and realized that I wanted to practice as a lawyer with a background in real estate. The HUD position actually had more to do with collateral underwriting, multi-million dollar housing grant reviews and environmental due diligence than appraisal.

My work at HUD was the perfect OJT to combine with the completion of my law degree in 2000 and with the passing of bar exams in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 2002 and 2003.

My last appraiser/consultant position was with a national consulting firm where I combined my HUD and legal experience to create a "Quality Control" regimen for the review of FHA multifamily mortgage insurance delegated processing by approved lenders. Click here for a summary of my pre-attorney professional experience.

While I still maintain my MAI designation and New Jersey State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser Certification, I no longer practice as a real estate appraiser, I consider myself a real estate educator. I am an Appraiser Qualification Board Certified Instructor for teaching approved courses on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). 

Starting in 2005, I have been practicing law in my fourth career involving real estate. My legal experience includes positions and/or contract work with local, regional and speciality law firms. This has included redevelopment attorney work with a large regional law firm, obtaining telecommunications facility land use approvals with a boutique firm, mortgage modification and foreclosure defense with a local law firm and as a solo attorney and defense of Atlantic City's tax assessments through a local firm acting as Special Tax Counsel. In addition, I have performed mediations as a New Jersey Civil Court Rule 1:40-1 Qualified Mediator and I am listed on the Administrative Office of the Court roster of both Civil and Foreclosure Mediators.  Click here for a summary of my legal experience.

My current law practice includes a variety of real estate related legal matters, including real estate tax appeals, foreclosure defense, mortgage modification, real estate transaction documentation including attorney review letters and contract negotiations, appraisal related matters including appraiser defense and rebuttal appraisals for repurchase demands, along with a variety of primarily real estate related matters. Click here for a summary of the legal services offered by the Law Office of Dennis A. Scardilli, L.L.C.