Frequently Asked Questions
Who is American Acquisition Group?
We are a full service right of way acquisition consulting firm to mainly public sector agencies acquiring land under the threat of eminent domain and in compliance to state and federal regulations including the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Policies Act of 1970, as amended (The Uniform Act or URA). We offer a staff comprised of cross-trained and licensed professionals in the fields of project management, appraisal, appraisal review, acquisition negotiations, relocation assistance and property management, with over 300 years of combined experience.
What is right of way acquisition, eminent domain and the Uniform Act?
Public projects such as highways and roads affect people's lives by improving safety and the way we move about our communities and county. To improve highways and carry out other transportation programs, some people's lives are disrupted because their land, home, or business may have to make way for a project and become public owned land otherwise known as right of way. When property cannot be acquired by negotiations with an impacted property owner, duly authorized public agencies with the constitutional power of eminent domain can acquire the property through the legislative process known as condemnation. Eminent domain, in short, is the right of a public entity such as a city, county or state, to involuntarily seize private property for a public purpose. The URA is a law enacted as Public Law 91-646, and brought a minimum standard of performance to all Federally funded projects with regard to the acquisition of real property and the relocation of persons displaced by the acquisition of such property, whether under the threat of eminent domain or not. This law was enacted to protect private land owners by regulating the policies and procedures by which property is acquire by the government.
Many of your staff members have designations. What do they mean?
AAG strongly believes in the education and professionalism of all staff through such industry associations as the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), the Appraisal Institute (AI) and American Society of Appraisers (ASA) to name a few. The designations earned through these organizations represent criterion met in experience and education in that particular field. They are described as follows:
- SR/WA - senior right of way professional through the IRWA. This is the highest designation given by the IRWA to represent proficiency in all areas of right of way acquisition including appraisal, engineering, negotiations and relocation.
- R/W-RAC - certified in relocation assistance under the URA by the IRWA.
- R/W-NAC - certified in negotiations/acquisition under the URA by the IRWA
- MAI - Member of the Appraisal Institute. Highest designation given by the AI and most recognized in the appraisal industry and courts of law.
- ASA - highest designation given by the ASA which is a comparable appraisal organization to the AI
Where is AAG located?
AAG was founded and remains headquartered in beautiful Tampa, Florida. We have representatives throughout the state of Florida and we maintain a commitment to our clients to make ourselves available for the needs of the project, whether that means having staff travel to the project as-needed or opening a field office for the duration of the project. We are prequalified and/or licensed to work in the states of Florida, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, Illinois, Virginia, West Virginia and New Jersey.
How are your services procured?
AAG responds to Requests for Proposals, Bids, Qualifications and Letters of Interest and Response published by users of our services, as well as individual requests for fee quotes. Our fees are typically based per unit, report or cost-plus means and competitive in the open market. AAG also is experience working in a subconsultant role particularly on engineering project that include right of way as a scope of service.
Why choose AAG?
Since our inception in 1993, AAG has maintained a consistent grading by our clientele in the 90th percentile for all services performed. We maintain a 100% compliance rate for all Local Agency Participation projects involving state and federal funding and as well as 100% URA compliance on state and federally funded projects. AAG mandates all staff be cross-trained in the entire spectrum of right of way services as a cost control and management practice that is reflected in our pricing as well as the personal touch so many clients value in this day and age.