What is an MAI Appraisal?
-An MAI appraisal, commonly misspelled as MIA Appraisal is not a type of appraisal but
an appraisal performed by an MAI.
An MAI is an appraiser that possesses the MAI designation, which is depicted following
the appraisers name, such as David J. Glauber, MAI.
The MAI stands for Member of the Appraisal Institute, which is the highest achievement
that is available to an appraiser. The requirements to become an MAI essentially double
the requirements set forth for a certified general appraiser. Bear in mind that an MAI
Appraiser is also a Certified General Appraiser.
Virtually all large real estate transactions require an MAI Appraisal and the designation is
recognized anywhere in the world.
If you need an MAI Appraisal, please give us a call, we would be delighted to perform
David J. Glauber, MAI
What type of appraisal do I need?
This question must be answered before an appraisal can begin.
Appraisers and clients have historically created all types of descriptive names for appraisal reports. These different appraisal
reports were standardized in the early 1990’s by USPAP, or Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, created from
TYPES OF APPRAISALS: COMPLETE APPRAISAL AND LIMITED APPRAISAL. Although USPAP was changed again in 2007, which
eliminated the title of Complete Appraisal and Limited Appraisal, the terms are still widely used.
The appraisal process includes inspecting the property, researching the data and concluding a value.
COMPLETE APPRAISAL means that USPAP was followed in every way. Practically speaking, it means that every approach to value
that applies to the subject, was performed.
LIMITED APPRAISAL PROCESS The most recent changes in USPAP (Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice) changed in 2006.
The term limited appraisal no longer exist.
The report format is how the appraisal or value conclusion and research is conveyed to the client. The report can be one of three
-Restricted Use Report
-Self Contained Report
These classifications can be simplified as small, medium and large, with restricted being the small and self contained being
The restricted report is only intended for a specified client that has knowledge of the property being appraised and the market
where it is located. This report is not suitable for use by a third party, such as a lending institution, court proceeding, estate
planning, or anything else, which requires use by a third party. This report is functional for a property owner who wants to know
how much to sell their property for.
SUMMARY REPORT: This report is the workhorse of the industry. This is the most common report format used because it is
functional in any situation. This report gives a summary description of the property being appraised, the research included and the
SELF CONTAINED: This report is the largest of the three and is generally used for very complex or high value property. It is
generally required so that the third party has all the information needed to come to the same conclusion as the appraiser who
wrote the report.
TO ORDER THE REPORT, YOU MUST NOW COMBINE THE TYPE OF APPRAISAL WITH THE TYPE OF REPORT.
Does that answer your question about appraisal reports? If it did not please feel free to call American Appraisers Corp. See main
page at AmericanAppraisers.net
How do I become a Commercial or Residential Appraiser?
Being a commercial appraiser is a rewarding field once you’re in it, but it is not easy to break into.
In order to be a real estate appraiser, you must be certified by your state. While it’s true that some states such as Kentucky do not
“require” certification, almost all potential clients will require it.
In order to get certified, you must take several real estate appraisal classes, take a test and document several thousand hours of
experience under a certified appraiser. I believe all states require these things, although not necessarily in that order.
While the education is easy enough to acquire, the experience is not. In order to accumulate enough experience in appraising, you
must work under a certified appraiser for two years at the minimum, (in Kentucky), usually it is much longer. During this period,
one should not expect high pay. Once you have your certification, your supervisor will most likely increase your pay. Unless your
supervisor is just a %*!! I have been there.
Anyway, once you have your certification you can work for yourself. That being said, you may find it much easier to acquire new
clients by staying with a larger firm, but it is now your choice instead of you know who’s.
If you plan to become a real estate appraiser, it is best to find someone that will commit to hiring you before you start taking
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