Online Schools for Aspiring Home Appraisers

Aspiring home appraisers with an associate's degree can participate in online courses and programs that prepare students for professional licensing or certification, which qualifies individuals to estimate the value of real estate when it's sold, developed, mortgaged, taxed or insured. Schools offering Real Estate degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Becoming a home appraiser can be as easy as taking one or more courses online. Learn more about school choices, program options, and course offerings by reading this article.

Are There Online Schools for Aspiring Home Appraisers?

Numerous schools and organizations offer online courses that will train you to become a home, or residential, appraiser. Additionally, many of these same sources offer continuing education courses. A minimum of 14 hours of continuing education courses per year is required in order for appraisers to maintain licensing or certification.

Most states require an individual to have a State Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser qualification in addition to the Federal Certified Residential Appraiser designation. Information about state requirements is available through the Appraisal Subcommittee (www.asc.gov). Both designations call for a certain number of courses, which are available online, a certain amount of field experience as an appraiser trainee and the passing of an examination.

How Should I Choose a School?

Colleges, schools, technical colleges and universities offer online residential appraiser courses through business schools or continuing education divisions. A number of professional organizations not only offer courses, but provide lists of approved schools and organizations offering online classes. Prominent among them is the Appraisal Foundation (www.appraisalfoundation.org), which has been authorized by the United States Congress as the source of appraiser standards and appraiser qualifications through its Course Approval Program (CAP).

The American Society of Appraisers (www.appraisers.org) also provides an extensive list of ASB-approved online or Web school classes in each state. Other Web sources for information about online courses include the Appraisal Institute (www.appraisalinstitute.org) and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (www.naifa.com).

What Schools Have Residential Appraisal Courses Online?

Residential appraisal courses are available online at various schools, such as the following:

  • Auburn University has online courses in appraisal and licensing exam prep
  • Bellevue College provides a few relevant online courses, such as Principles of Appraising and Appraisal Procedures
  • Florida Gulf Coast University offers a course in real estate appraisal online

What Will I Learn?

Generally, residential appraiser courses teach you how to examine all the factors that have a bearing on the value of a home. Among other things, you'll learn about specific architectural styles, how to judge the condition of a house's foundation, the importance of its' location near a public thoroughfare or major highway, the condition of the roof, how additions may help or hurt the value, how renovations are taken into account and how to do a comparison to similar homes in the area.

What Courses Will I Take?

One of the most important courses you'll take is the required 15-hour Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) course. Established by the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) of the Appraisal Foundation, the course familiarizes you with the accepted standards of appraisal practice in the United States. You'll also take a 7-hour USPAP update course every two years after you receive your license.

A course in the basic principles of appraisal exposes you to real property concepts, different forms of ownership, governmental, geographic and economic influences on home valuation, real estate markets and analysis, leases and market value. A course in appraisal procedures teaches you to define valuation problems, collect data, analyze the problems and accurately record your findings. This course also teaches correct methods of property description and how to communicate an appraisal.

Most programs include case studies for practical application and courses in residential report writing. You should also take anything offered as an appraisal exam preparation course. In all cases, these courses are geared to prepare you for the appraiser licensure exam of your individual state, in addition to the federal appraiser certification examination.

A career in home appraisal is at the tip of your fingers thanks to various online courses available at many colleges and universities, including those listed above. These courses will put you on the path to becoming a licensed home appraiser and prepare you for licensing exams.

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