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Appraiser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An appraiser (from Latin appretiare, to value), is one who sets a value upon property, real or personal. In England the business of an appraiser is usually ...

American Society of Appraisers

One of the leading professional appraising organizations.

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Please note: The discipline and specialty of each appraiser in this search are verified by ASA. Other items on an appraisers' profile (such as keywords or ...

Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate - Bureau of Labor Statistics

Jan 8, 2014 ... Appraisers and assessors of real estate estimate the value of real property—land and the buildings on that land— before it is sold, mortgaged, ...

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Find An Appraiser This Directory lists real estate appraisers who are Designated Members, Candidates for Designation, or Practicing Affiliates of the Appraisal ...

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Pinellas County Property Appraiser

Pinellas County Property Appraiser Pam Dubov and her staff are dedicated to producing a fair and equitable Property Value Roll while providing the highest ...

Property Appraiser - Miami-Dade County - Miami-Dade Portal

Feb 3, 2014 ... The Property Appraiser does not send tax bills and does not set or collect taxes. Please visit the Tax Collector's website directly for additional ...

Broward County Property Appraiser's Network

Includes record search, forms, FAQs, and background on current appraiser.

Property Appraiser, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA

Deadline Near for Property Appraiser's 2014 College Scholarship|Intracoastal Waterway, looking east from downtown West Palm Beach to Palm ...

Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers

... Appraisers. An overview of Real Estate Appraiser Licensing and Enforcement of Real Estate Appraisal-related laws and regulations in the State of California.

Walton County Property Appraiser's Office

This website is provided to better serve and inform you of the purpose and responsibilities of the Property Appraiser's Office. We are committed to performing the ...

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Provides, supports and educates qualified professional personal property appraisers.

Independent Fee Appraisers


Independent appraisal companies, in this day of an uncertain real estate market, are vast in numbers and varied in quality. Finding a good one means a little research on your part by interviewing the independent appraisers on the phone and contacting their respective state appraisal boards to view published disciplinary action status which is usually public information and readily available online.

Before you call for your interview, have your property information available and have your questions well thought out such as the residential or commercial real estate appraisal fees, turn around time and availability for questions about the report. There are several associations of independent fee appraisers that you can email or call for suggestions of what questions to ask or guide you in a direction so that you can be solid in your thinking.

When interviewing your independent fee appraiser, consider the following additional questions to ask:

1. How long they have been appraising and are they state certified to perform independent real estate appraisals?

2. How many comparables will they use? Do they use closed sales only or do they also use active listings?

3. Will they include any statistical or analytical information to further support the market value?

Know the difference between commercial and residential appraisal companies

Commercial real estate appraisers are certified to appraise both residential and commercial properties. Residential appraisers are certified to appraise only residential properties and residential income properties up to 4 units. You have a choice. Make it a wise one.

Investigate the independent fee appraiser you choose

You may find an independent real estate appraisal company that has been disciplined several times in the past. It is in your best interest to get more information and make sure that your final appraisal company has a clean record or a good explanation for the disciplinary action.
HUD provides a site that provides you with the status (active or inactive) and any sanctions. Check out the Appraisal Institute, a national association of independent fee appraisers, which provides additional information on fraud, recent actions to the industry and more.

Interview appraisal companies

A good independent fee appraiser has no issue with telling you their methodology and what they will include. Some independent fee appraisers will charge an additional fee for more comparables, others will include them at no extra cost. By the 4th interview, you will have picked up enough knowledge and key words that you will be able to understand their vocabulary and ask your questions in their language.
AppraiserUSA.com and USAppraisals.Info both have a free national appraisal database which is easy to use and provides the types of service performed by the appraisal companies and the counties they serve.
  • Commercial real estate appraisal fees are substantially higher. If this is what you need, make sure you inquire about the price and the report contents.
  • Use a referred independent fee appraiser, preferably referred by a real estate agent or ask the appraisal company for at least two references you can check.