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    The Appraisal Institute empowers valuation professionals through community, credentialing, education, body of knowledge and ethical standards.

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    • President Sandy Adomatis, SRA and CEO Cindy Chance, PhD share the latest Appraisal Institute news

    Explore the Valuation Profession

    We provide answers to your questions that meet you at the level of detail you require.

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    What is an Appraiser?

    A real estate appraiser provides an unbiased estimate of a property’s value. Learn what appraisers look for when completing appraisals, and other services they provide.

    Learn More about Appraisers
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    Become an Appraiser

    Ready to become a commercial or residential appraiser? We’ve outlined the four levels of appraisal licensing, including education, exam and experience requirements.

    Learn How to Become an Appraiser
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    Find Your Local Chapter

    Take advantage of resources, education, events and networking AI Chapters offer--right in your own backyard. Our local Chapters provide a great oppotunites for you to get involved and give back to your local community.


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    Appraisal Experience on Your Schedule

    Through Practical Applications of Real Estate Appraisal (PAREA), AI’s new flexible and innovative program, gain appraisal knowledge and experience on your own time, from wherever you are, to achieve the licensed residential (LR) appraisal credential. We’ll automatically assign you a nationally recognized mentor sharing real-world experience to help you succeed.

    Hear From Your Peers

    Gain inspiration from fellow AI Professionals on why they joined the Appraisal Institute.

    Sharon Harbin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
    Sharon Harbin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
    Julie Battaglia, MAI, AI-GRS
    Julie Battaglia, MAI, AI-GRS
    Luis F. Delgado, SRA
    Luis F. Delgado, SRA
    Alejandro Perez, SRA
    Alejandro Perez, SRA
    Jim Pat Mitchell, MAI
    Jim Pat Mitchell, MAI
    Sharon Harbin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
    Detroit, MI
    MAI Designated member since 1991, SRA Designated member since 1991, AI-GRS Designated member since 2015 | Affiliated since 1978
    Why did you become an appraiser?

    What I would tell a person of color, coming into the appraisal industry, about the Appraisal Institute, is that it's an organization that offers a lot of opportunity. There are all types of scholarships available. And there's mentoring, there's assistance for you to go into a career that is kind of a like, maybe, top secret, but it's a career that—just imagine, it ties you to the world, because the world is made up of real estate and people when you think about it, so you are just hands on in terms of a very, very, very important aspect of real estate. That's appraising; that's determining value. And it's broad. There's so many aspects of appraising and being a member of this organization and allows you to learn, to grow, to network. And now's the time. There's all types of opportunities. I would encourage any minorities with any interest to pursue this career.

    Julie Battaglia, MAI, AI-GRS
    Tampa, FL
    MAI Designated member since 2012, AI-GRS Designated member since 2015 | Affiliated since 2002
    Why did you become an appraiser?

    I earned my designations knowing that there is so much more that you will learn coming through the Appraisal Institute. Their designations are the best in the world. We all know that. I had plenty of assistance behind me as well, other people that were in the firm that I was in at the time. They all touted the Appraisal Institute. I was young, you know; you learn from who your mentor is, and I was lucky enough to have a solid mentor that taught me the right way.

    Luis F. Delgado, SRA
    Carolina, Puerto Rico
    SRA Designated member since 2019 | Affiliated since 1998
    Why did you become an appraiser?

    I will tell them there's, right now, no other organization that can provide them the tools to become a real professional appraiser, or at least to guide you around your jobs and the work that you're going to do as an appraiser. Because at least it gives you the right mindset to provide what us appraisers provide to the public, which is good public trust and valuations.

    Alejandro Perez, SRA
    Yauco, Puerto Rico
    MAI Designated member since 2016 | Affiliated since 2005

    I think any person that wants to be an appraiser, part of the Appraisal Institute. From the first day, you understand all the benefits you get in being a member. The quality of education is unique. And the network. I recommend that to everybody who asked me, how do I become an appraiser? And the first thing I said, if you're going to do this, the first step you must do is become a member of the AI.

    Jim Pat Mitchell, MAI
    Austin, Texas

    MAI Designated member since 2004. Affiliated since 1980.

    What does the Appraisal Institute mean to you?

    I have affection for the Institute. I have a respect for the Institute. But most importantly, I'm proud of being a part of that organization, because it's part of my home. A man once said, the people you hang around with, and the books read, is what you become five years from now. And that's true. It's really true now, more so than ever with the Institute.


    Appraiser Diversity Initiative


    Together with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Urban League, AI is helping lead the Appraiser Diversity Initiative to engage talented candidates, educate them about the profession, and outline a path for success.


    The Appraisal Journal

    Volume 91, Number 2-3

    • The Evolution of Land Trust Responsibilities in Reviewing Conservation Easement Appraisals
    • The Price Is Right? The Impact of a Scenic View on the Pricing of Residential Property
    • Market Analysis for Apartment Properties
    New Release

    The Appraisal of Senior Housing, Nursing Home, and Hospital Properties

    This comprehensive text explores senior housing, nursing home, and hospital properties from physical and economic perspectives, providing appraisers with an up-to-date set of tools for determining the productivity, marketability, feasibility, and value of these facilities. Grab your copy today!

    Get Started with Appraisal Education

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    Begin Your Career

    Become a trainee by completing 75 hours of qualifying education (Basic Appraisal Principles, Basic Appraisal Procedures, USPAP 15-Hour Course) and the Supervisory Appraiser/Trainee Appraiser Course.

    Elevate your career

    Advanced-level topics that cover complex appraisal issues.

    Upgrade your career

    Complete additional qualifying education course to become a Licensed Residential Appraiser, Certified Residential Appraiser, and/or Certified General Appraiser.

    Continuing education

    Enrich your industry knowledge, stay on top of industry trends, and fulfill your state continuing education requirements.

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    USPAP Education

    Required qualifying and continuing education courses covering basic appraisal rules for ethical behavior and competent performance.

    Professional Development Program

    AI professional development programs tackle cutting-edge, problematic, or advanced-level topics, allowing you to better understand a particular property type or specialty area.