Ken Harney Advocate for Appraisers

Kenneth HarneyVaCAP has received a message from the family of Ken Harney, Real Estate Syndicated Columnist:

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I write to you to tell you that Ken’s disease has progressed to Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) and that as of today, we are in the care of hospice at home. We both want to thank you for all your prayers, your interest and concern and for the many years of friendship you have extended to us.

Happily we are surrounded by our four children and our home is filled with love. Ken is not up to receiving visitors but I will share any thoughts with him that you want to send to him via my email. Thank you all for being so supportive and attentive especially these last few years.

As most of you know, Ken Harney is a friend and advocate for Real Estate Appraisers. He has quoted VaCAP President Pat Turner many times and always includes the appraiser perspective as well as others in his writings. VaCAP is saddened to hear this news and is keeping Ken and his family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Postscript 5/24/2019

VaCAP has learned our friend and supporter, Ken Harney has passed away.

Ken was a supporter of appraisers and an advocate for consumers. He has helped educate the consumer on industry concerns and always shared the perspective of the appraiser. Our hearts our saddened by this great loss. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

In honor of Ken, we ask each of you to follow the wishes of his family and “pay it forward” by donating blood as described in the email from his family below.

His obituary can be found here.

Dear Friends

On behalf of Ken and our entire family, I want to thank you all for the kind and loving messages you sent to Ken before his death early this morning. There is great sadness when someone has a terminal illness, but hearing how loved he was by friends and family was very special to Ken and our family.

Instead of eulogies he would not hear, while in hospice Ken had a chance to learn how many of you cared for him and your relationship with him. These last few years have drawn our four children and all of you closer to us than ever. We are grateful for your constant concern and support. Thank you for all your kind words and prayers.

We were all with him this morning when Ken passed away from Acute Myeloid Leukemia. We will be having a private family service at a later date—our emotions are too raw for a service right now.

In lieu of flowers, we would like to ask that you do something unusual—donate blood. Throughout Ken’s illness, he received countless blood transfusions from total strangers who donated their blood to help sustain him. Though his form of leukemia is rare, there are so many people with blood diseases requiring transfusions. We feel that there is no better way to “pay it forward” than to help return the kindness by donating blood in his memory. And if blood donation is not possible, we would ask that you find another way to make another person’s life a little better. Through more than four decades of writing his weekly column for the Washington Post, Ken worked to help and improve the lives of his readers. Help us preserve his legacy by paying it forward.

Again, thank you for all your many kindnesses and loving words.


Andy, Alex, Brendan, Tim and Phurbu

VaCAP Board
VaCAP Board

VaCAP Board

Coalition of individual appraisers working together to unite, promote and protect the collective interests of all appraisal professionals in Virginia; to promote needed changes in laws, rules, regulations, policies and standards affecting all appraisers in Virginia; to observe and report the actions of regulatory, legislative, oversight, and standards-setting entities of the Commonwealth.

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12 Responses

  1. Avatar Pat says:

    God speed my dear friend.

  2. Kimberly Pugh DeFilippis on Facebook Kimberly Pugh DeFilippis on Facebook says:

    Sad news. Please give our best to him and his family

  3. Avatar Eric West says:

    Appraisers have lost a great ally. RIP Ken!

  4. Avatar JC says:

    It is a great loss. RIP

  5. Avatar Jason says:

    A great, great loss to all of us. Wishing his family and friends all the best during this difficult time.

  6. Avatar Xpert says:

    RIP. My heart goes out to his family

  7. Avatar Carl says:

    Sad day. RIP

  8. Ken was definitely one of the good guys. RIP, my friend.

  9. Becky Lowell on Facebook Becky Lowell on Facebook says:


  10. Julie Schilling on Facebook Julie Schilling on Facebook says:

    Sorry to hear this. I always have enjoyed his articles.

  11. Retired Appraiser Retired Appraiser says:

    Ken did more for appraisers during the obliteration years (2009 – 2014) than every appraisal organization combined. Rest in peace dear friend.

  12. Avatar Bill Johnson says:

    Seek the truth where ever you are sir.



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Ken Harney Advocate for Appraisers

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