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Determining the real estate market...
Appraisals establishes the market value of all types of real estate, including a home, condominium, commercial property, vacant land, etc. They can be required for a variety of scenarios, such as, buying, selling, loans, insuring and tax assessment. Determining the value of these assets are usually used to assist in making a certain decision based on the respective scenarios. For example, lenders would typically need an appraisal of the buyer's property to be certain the asset could be sold for at least that amount and can give the lender an idea of the loan amount. The market value equates to the most likely price the asset would bring in the current open market and there are typically three valuation methods appraisers should be familiar with: the sales comparison approach, cost approach and income capitalization method. The appraiser selects the most accurate method to do the valuation depending on the specific available data associated to the asset.

Role / Company Location Posted / Updated
Consultant/Houston and Austin, TX MarketsHanley Wood/Metrostudy Houston, TX Mar 15, 2018
Valuations Associate - Real Estate InvestmentsMetLife Real Estate Investments Whippany, NJ Mar 1, 2018
Senior Analyst or AssociateCBRE Global Investors Los Angeles, CA Feb 26, 2018



Looking to the future

Various studies has shown a declining number of appraisers in the market today. Reasons relating to this is mixture of increases in barriers to entry since pre-recession periods, new business models and using alternative valuation products. The classical appraisal model was the focus on data collection and verification of their analytics and appraisers who were good at it thrived. However in today's world, with the expansion of Big Data, information is easily accessible so there is an increasing standard of the quality of the appraiser's valuation and their analysis of the data to bring an advantage to their services as opposed to others. Full automation in real estate asset valuation is unlikely to occur, they will however continue to evolve that will undoubtedly compete with the classical appraisal models. Adaptation will be required in the modern day appraisal and valuation world and into the future as they will be required to invent efficient techniques or highly accurate analysis to stay on top of the game.  

 
Appraisal / Valuation

Skills Required

  • Analytical Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail

Professional Reading and Resources


  • "The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th Edition" by Appraisal Institute
  • "The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 6th Edition" by Appraisal Institute
  • "The Appraisal Journal"
  • "Working RE"
  • "Appraisal Today"

Industry Qualifications


  • College Degree in Business, Real Estate or Finance
  • AQB: Certified appraisal licence
  • American Society of Appraisers:  Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) designation
  • Appraisal Institute: Professional Designations (MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS)

Top Companies


  • CBRE
  • Colliers International Valuation & Advisory Services
  • Strategic Valuation Group of Arizona PLC
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Appraisal Technology Inc.