Privacy Policy

Shepherd Associates is an independent provider of commercial real-estate appraisal services. The firm’s mission is to bring clarity to commercial real estate appraising through real property appraisals, appraisal review services, educational services, and consulting. Shepherd Associates was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. For more information about Shepherd Associate’s services or to see how your company can benefit from Shepherd’s appraisal expertise, please contact us at 617-928-1778.

Shepherd Associates (“Shepherd”) is the sole owner of the information it gathers on its web site. Shepherd will only share your information with outside parties in ways that are described in this privacy statement or if we are required to do so by law or in the good-faith belief that such action is necessary in order to conform to the edicts of the law, cooperate with law enforcement agencies, or comply with a legal process served on our web site. The following Privacy Statement explains how we may collect and will protect your personal information.

By using the Shepherd Associates web site, you give your consent to the collection and use of personal information by Shepherd as explained in this privacy statement.

Non-affiliated third parties

Shepherd does not sell, license, lease or otherwise disclose your personal information to any third party for any reason, except as described below.

Shepherd reserves the right to disclose your personal information to third parties where required by law to regulatory, law enforcement or other government authorities. We may also disclose your information as necessary to credit reporting or collection agencies, or when necessary to protect our rights or property.

To help us improve our services to you, we may engage another business to help us to carry out certain internal functions such as processing, fulfillment, client service, client satisfaction surveys or other data collection activities relevant to our business. We may also provide a party with client information from our database to help us to analyze and identify client needs and notify clients of product and service offerings. Use of the information shared is strictly limited to the performance of the task we request and for no other purpose. All third parties with which we share personal information are required to protect personal information in a manner similar to the way we protect personal information. Examples of information shared are identifying information such as name, mailing address, e mail address and, telephone number, and information relating to your use of our products and services.

The Shepherd web site may contain links to other web sites. However, Shepherd does not vet, authorize, endorse or accredit any advertisers, sellers or sponsors related to such web sites. Please note that these web sites’ privacy policies may differ from those of Shepherd. We encourage you to read the privacy statement of any web site you may visit as we have no control of the use or protection of information provided by you or collected by those sites. Whenever you elect to link to another web site, you may be asked to provide registration or other information. Please note that the information you are providing is going to a third party, and you should familiarize yourself with the privacy policy published by that third party.

Opting out of disclosures of non-public personal information

You may direct us not to disclose non-public personal information to certain third parties. To opt out of sharing non-public personal information with third parties, please contact Shepherd as stated in the contact information listed below. An opt-out election must be made for each separate login account you hold at Shepherd.

The security of your personal information

We will use commercially reasonable efforts to employ security software, systems, and procedures to offer you a safe and secure environment and protect your personal, financial and login account information.

If you become a client of ours, you may be issued a unique login account ID and a password. Only a limited number of Shepherd employees who have a need to know this information will have access to your login account ID and password. Remember: you are ultimately responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your login account ID and password. We strongly recommend that you do not disclose this information to anyone else.

On our web site, we currently use or intend to use technology to encrypt information transmitted by or to you through our web site.

Use of “cookies”

We may use cookies to assist us in securing your login account and to enhance the performance of our web site. (Cookies are small text files sent from the web server to your computer.) Cookies used by Shepherd do not contain any personal information nor do they contain login account ID or password information. They may be used by Shepherd to allow the site to recognize that a page request comes from a person who has already logged on.

Shepherd may share web site usage information about visitors to the web site with reputable advertising companies for targeting Internet banner advertisements on this site. For this purpose, pixel tags (also called clear gifs or web beacons) may be used to note the pages you have visited. The information collected by the advertising company through the use of these pixel tags is not personally identifiable.

To administer and improve the Shepherd web site, we may use a third party to track and analyze usage and volume statistical information, including page requests, form requests, and click paths. The third party may use cookies to track behavior and may set cookies on behalf of Shepherd. These cookies do not contain any personally identifiable information.

Changes to this Privacy Statement

In the event Shepherd materially changes this Privacy Statement, the revised Privacy Statement will be posted to the web site. You agree to accept posting of a revised Privacy Statement electronically on the web site as actual notice to you. Any dispute over our Privacy Statement is subject to this notice and any and all agreements that exist between Shepherd and such disputing party. If you have any questions that this statement does not address, please contact us.

Governing Law and Jurisdiction

This Shepherd web site is controlled by Shepherd from its offices in Massachusetts, United States of America. All matters relating to your access to, or use of, any Shepherd web site shall be governed by U.S. federal law or the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Any legal action or proceeding relating to your access to or use of any Shepherd web site shall be instituted in a state or federal court in Boston, Massachusetts. You and Shepherd agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of, and agree that venue is proper in, these courts. You may not access, download, use, or export information (including any software, products or services) contained on the Shepherd web site in violation of U.S. export laws or regulations or in violation of any applicable laws or regulations.

You may contact Shepherd for any reason under this Privacy Policy, or otherwise, as follows:

Call: 617-928-1778
Email: shepherd@shepherdnet.com
Postal: Shepherd Associates
Attention: Privacy Issues
189 Wells Ave., Suite 200
Newton, MA 02459