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About the Appraisal Institute

Whether you’re seeking the services of a qualified real estate appraiser, are interested in a consulting career or want to join the foremost organization for real property valuation professionals, you need to learn more about the Appraisal Institute.

For more than 80 years, the Appraisal Institute has been the world’s leading organization of appraisal professionals and has promoted high standards of practice through its designation programs, education, peer review process, research and publications.

Professionals Providing Real Estate Solutions®
Designated Members form a network of Professionals Providing Real Estate Solutions®throughout the world. Because they have met rigorous educational and experience requirements, Designated Members are respected by courts, government agencies, lenders and corporations. Designated Members can guide decisions to invest in, buy or sell property and answer questions about property value and suitability for various uses. They also may serve as consultants on valuation and usage issues, and appear as expert witnesses in legal proceedings.

Designated Members agree to conduct professional activities in accordance with the Code of Professional Ethics, Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, or International Valuation Standards. The Appraisal Institute also administers a refined peer review process through which it enforces these principles.

The Appraiser Education Leader
The Appraisal Institute offers an extensive curriculum of courses and seminars designed to expand skills and customer bases. These programs also help other industry professionals gain an understanding of real estate techniques.

The Appraisal Institute’s Education Network of programs, offered around the world, are taught by experienced Designated members. Some programs are available online, combining the flexibility of self-study with the enhancements of the digital medium. Information on education opportunities is available at

The World’s Leading Publisher of Appraisal Literature
The Appraisal Institute is the world’s largest publisher of appraisal literature. The Appraisal of Real Estate has served generations of professionals as THE premier real estate valuation text. The Appraisal Institute continuously adds to its extensive list of publications that cover contemporary issues, industry advances and special-purpose properties.

The Appraisal Institute also publishes The Appraisal Journal and Valuation magazine. The Journal has served as the top forum for appraisal professionals.

Valuation magazine focuses on innovative features and ideas to assist appraisers. The free Appraiser News Online e-newsletter keeps professionals abreast of industry trends and legislative and regulatory matters. A list of titles is available in our web store.

A Professional Resource
The Appraisal Institute serves as a professional resource through its Lum Library, InfoExchange and JobSearch services. With its extensive collection of books, journals and other resources and growing database connections, the Lum Library provides support for the research needs of designated members, candidates, practicing affiliates, and affiliates, as well as the profession-at-large.

In today’s evolving marketplace, the Appraisal Institute’s Appraisal Standards Committee keeps vigilant watch for domestic and international issues concerning ethics and standards, and addresses these issues through comments and guidance.

A Global Influence
The Appraisal Institute recently expanded its education programs to Asia, Europe and the Middle East and has a growing international presence. The organization also continues involvement in regional and international federations, including the International Valuation Standards Committee (IVSC), the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), the Union of Pan-American Valuation Organizations (UPAV), and the European Group of Valuers’ Association (TEGoVA).

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