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New Qualifications / USPAP Explained

New Qualifications/USPAP Explained by David Brauner, Editor If you’ve been busy making a living, perhaps you missed or forgot that important changes to appraiser qualifications and to the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice (USPAP) took effect January 1, 2008. Here is a brief overview of the changes with rational provided by John S. Brenan, Director… Read More

The Apprentice: Trainees Gone Wild

The Apprentice: Trainees Gone Wild? Just like the popular television show staring Donald Trump and a band of would-be executives, the reality of training appraisal apprentices these days involves more drama than you might expect. Recent legislation in Florida, a decree by The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) and horror stories of appraisal “sweat shops” churning out… Read More

Why You Should Care About Appraiser Qualifications

Why You Should Care about Appraiser Qualifications Significant Changes Proposed By George Hatch The proposed revisions to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria include significant increases in minimum education requirements and appraiser trainee supervision requirements. Some of these revisions will have long-term implications on appraisal businesses if enacted.  For this reason, even established appraisers should… Read More

GAO Wrangling

In the wake of the GAO study, stake holders, including several appraisal organizations, have submitted comments to Congress. A joint letter from American Society of Appraisers, American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers, Appraisal Institute and National Association of Realtors writes: “With a patchwork of state laws and ineffective federal oversight allowing for only… Read More

Appraisal Industry: A House Divided?

Editor’s Note: Support the in-depth and balanced reporting that your important industry deserves with a paid subscription to Working RE. Subscribe today ($30 annual) to guarantee delivery of Working RE and receive hundreds of dollars in discounts on education and other services! Special Edition: Appraisal Industry: A House Divided? AARO Mud fight, Run Away State… Read More