Founded in Buffalo by Larry Grant in 1961 as Western New York Appraisal Company, the company name was soon changed to Grant Appraisal & Research with the City of Buffalo Urban Renewal Agency and the New York State Department of Transportation among the firm’s initial clients.1961
During the ‘70s and ‘80s, the company grew through myriad clients, including banks, attorneys, developers, municipalities, and accounting firms, enhancing its reputation for high quality appraisal services. Major municipal projects included revaluation for the Town of Amherst which led to the formation of KVS, which was later sold-off. Through Erie County Savings Bank’s internal innovations and efficient residential appraisals, GAR successfully captured nearly 100 percent of their residential work.1970-1980s
During the 1980s, the company became known as GAR Associates, Inc. (short for Grant Appraisal and Research Corp). The Commercial Department, as it is known today, began to take shape in the 1990s when several new commercial appraisers joined GAR, including four who remain on staff today.1980
In 2019, GAR Associates ownership changed to include Ronald J. Rubino and F. Cindy Baire as majority members. Our headquarters is located in the heart of the Village of Williamsville with a second location in Clifton Park, N.Y.Today
The core of our business today remains centered on the real estate appraisal and valuation profession with additional focus on a wide variety of real estate consulting. As GAR begins its seventh decade of operation, we remain committed to partnering with our clients, providing them with exceptional, timely, solution-driven service and results.