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Home Inspection of Appraisal?Home Inspector or Appraiser: Which Career is Right for Me?

Real estate agents aren’t the only people in the real estate field who can rake in the cash. Home inspectors and home appraisers can make a very comfortable living. So if you want to get into real estate, but don’t want to sell homes, consider these two options.



Interested in an Appraisal Career?

While many appraisers enjoy the benefits of self-employment, positions with firms such as appraisal companies, financial institutions, and county assessor’s offices are just a few of the many opportunities for employment and on-the-job training. If you are a real estate professional, you’ll find your knowledge of real property appraisal a decided advantage.


How to Become a Licensed Appraiser

In this article, you will learn the steps it takes to become a Licensed Residential Appraiser. Once you become a Licensed Appraiser, you will be able to perform appraisals on your own. At the Licensed Appraiser level, you can appraise non-complex, one- to four-unit residential properties less than $1,000,000 and complex one- to four-unit residential properties less than $250,000 in market value.


How to Become a Certified Residential Appraiser

Do you want to become a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser? A Certified Residential Appraiser is qualified to appraise one-to-four residential units without regard to value or complexity. 



Now is a good time to start a residential real estate appraisal careerTremendous Opportunity Exists in Residential Real Estate Appraisal Careers

If you've considered a career in residential real estate appraisal, this might be the best time to start. Find out why the demand for appraisers is on the rise.

New talent in the appraisal industry reviewing property valuesAQB's Modified Licensing Requirements Aim to Bring New Talent to the Appraisal Industry 

New requirements from the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) went into effect last year. The goal? To attract new talent to the appraisal industry. Find out what the requirements were, if they’re working, and future plans to encourage more people to enter the profession. 



to-scale model of a home up for appraisalTop 9 Appraisal Industry Trends for 2019 

Several organizations complete surveys of appraisers and other professionals to gauge significant trends. In this article, Kaplan's JoAnn Apostol analyzes the results of these surveys, dissects the broader implications, and shares what you can look for in the real estate appraisal industry this year. 



to-scale model of a home up for appraisalAQB Adopts New Requirements for Licensing: What It Means for You

The Appraisal Qualification Board of the Appraisal Foundation has adopted new criteria for obtaining a license. There are changes to degree requirements, hours of experience, and time required to obtain a license. 



A line of houses to be appraised and one under the magnifying glassUpdated Advice from the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation

With a new version of the Universal Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) effective January 1, 2018, the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) has issued three new FAQs and the 2018-2019 USPAP version. 


Dispelling common FNMA appraisal review mythsDispelling 5 Common FNMA Appraisal Review Myths

As appraisers, we often get revisions from clients requesting some of the oddest changes. With Fannie Mae (FNMA) guidelines changing frequently over the last few years, are some of these revisions reasonable, necessary, or reflective of the assignment conditions for the appraiser?  


2015 Supervisor and Trainee Requirement Changes

The AQB has reviewed the relationships and practices of supervisory appraisers with their trainees. Effective January 1, 2015, new requirements will go into effect for supervisor and trainee appraisers. Read more to find out what this means for appraisers. 


List of Appraisal Management Companies

If you’re trying to get more appraisal assignments, contacting AMCs in your area may be a great start. Many states have their own list of registered appraisal management companies. Read more to find out how to get a list of AMCs in your area. 



Common Appraisal Myths in the Home Buying Process

There are many myths going around about appraisals and the role they play during the home buying process. Here, some of the top appraisal myths are debunked.



Partnership with Industry-Renown Appraisal Authors to Develop New Course

Announcing a new partnership with appraisal authors Jeffrey Johnson and Tony Lesicka, to implement real-world appraisal examples from the pair’s popular textbook into a new appraisal continuing education course.