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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 ...

Appraisal Institute: Homepage

The nation's largest professional association of real estate appraisers today announced to global users of real estate valuation services the availability.

American Society of Appraisers

Organization provides education and accreditation for appraisers, plus an appraiser locator service.

Find an Appraiser - American Society of Appraisers

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 ...

Harris County Appraisal District

If you have filed a protest on your property value, you may be scheduled for a meeting with an appraiser or you could be scheduled for a hearing with the ...

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Appraisers Association of America | WELCOME!

In order to reach our broad national and international audience, we have begun recording many of our educational programs, including: Appraisers and the IRS,  ...

Find an Appraiser | Find a Real Estate Appraiser

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

Orange County Property Appraiser: Rick Singh, CFA

I welcome your comments regarding my work as your Property Appraiser and want to know how our office can better serve you and your community. Please take ...

Dallas Central Appraisal District

Dallas Central Appraisal District (DCAD) is responsible for appraising property for the purpose of ad valorem property tax assessment on behalf of the 61 local ...

National Registry - Find an Appraiser - ASC - Appraisal Subcommittee

To search for an appraiser by name, city or state use the below form, if you would like to search using different criteria use the quick search links at the bottom of ...

Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate - Bureau of Labor Statistics

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

Appraisal Subcommittee: Home - ASC

The Appraisal Subcommittee's (ASC) Mission Statement: To provide federal oversight of State appraiser regulatory programs and a monitoring framework for the ...

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.