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Appraisal Institute Membership - It’s Worth It

Designations Make a Difference
Make no mistake: An Appraisal Institute designation is a hard-earned distinction achieved by only the most dedicated real estate appraisers. As a result, Appraisal Institute designations are highly respected by those seeking professional opinions of value - individual property owners, investors, government agencies, corporations, lenders, and the courts among others. Appraisal Institute designations differentiate the true professional from the average appraiser.

Knowing that an Appraisal Institute designation identifies you as one of the best in the profession is important, but every once in a while it's nice to know "What’s in it for me?" This section answers that question by highlighting some of the many programs and benefits that are a part of Appraisal Institute membership.

Personal Achievement and Earnings Potential
Members have repeatedly said that earning an Appraisal Institute designation is the most satisfying achievement of their careers. Going beyond the sense of accomplishment and pride, an Appraisal Institute designation brings opportunities for career growth, higher income, and professional recognition.

Enhancement of Professional Quality
Where do you go when you have a question on appraisal standards, ethics, or professional practice? Guidance on these issues is available from the Appraisal Institute Ethics and Counseling Division. This division enforces the Appraisal Institute’s Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Code of Professional Ethics. Hundreds of appraisals are reviewed every year to enhance the quality of service members provide to the public.

Directory of Members
The Appraisal Institute Directory of Members is widely considered the best source for finding qualified appraisers. Thousands of copies are distributed to corporations, individuals, financial institutions, and other users of appraisal services. Placing the directory on the desk of the decision maker creates business opportunities for members.

The Finest in Appraisal Education
Almost 50,000 participants annually can attest to the fact that the Appraisal Institute provides professional training that no other organization can match. A variety of educational courses, seminars, and workshops allow you to meet continuing professional education requirements while staying on top of the latest in appraisal theory and technique. Members receive tuition discounts on all courses and seminars.

Marketing, Promotion & Public Relations
Through print advertising, direct mail, and trade show exhibits, the Appraisal Institute tells the marketplace that its members are the best real estate appraisers available. A variety of informational brochures are published and distributed to promote members and educate the public about the appraisal profession. These brochures are also to members to promote their own businesses.

Appraisal Institute officers are regarded as spokespersons for the appraisal profession and are often sought out and quoted by the news media. Whenever an interview is arranged and the officer is quoted in the press, the resulting publicity strengthens the reputations of all designated members.

Through advertising, public relations, and other means, your chapter promotes you at the grassroots level. These efforts position members as the professionals providing real estate solutions in their own communities.

Advocacy
The Appraisal Institute’s Washington, DC, office is your advocate in our nation's capital, promoting membership’s interests to Congress and federal agencies. The D.C. office works with the regions, states, and chapters to represent member interests, enhance the Appraisal Institute’s image in state legislatures, and promote uniformity of state laws and regulations.

The Appraisers Political Action Committee (APPAC) accepts voluntary contributions from members and uses these funds to support political candidates who share appraisers’ interests and concerns. Through APPAC, you have an opportunity to share the political processes that affect your profession.

Unequaled Professional Periodicals
Appraiser News Online and Valuation Insights & Perspectives keep you up-to-date with issues and events affecting the appraisal industry, as well as activity within the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Journal serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, providing in-depth exploration of appraisal issues and valuation techniques. Receiving these top-quality publications is another benefit of Appraisal Institute membership.

Leading Edge Publications
They say knowledge is power. Appraisal Institute products and publications keep up with your changing needs and provide the power you need to get ahead in today’s competitive environment.

Specialized books, monographs, and readings analyze and report on the latest "hot topics" within the industry. And The Appraisal of Real Estate, Appraising Residential Properties, and The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal remain the cornerstone texts of appraisal education. Members enjoy discounts on every publication and product the Appraisal Institute offers.

Appraisal Library and Research Services
When faced with unique or unusual appraisal problems, you have an unparalleled resource at your disposal -- the Lum Library. With extensive holdings and online database capabilities, the library is one of the most complete appraisal libraries in the country. You can visit the library in person, or work with the research staff over the phone. They can quickly and efficiently help you find the information you need to complete the assignment. Many services are provided to members free or at a nominal charge.

Networking Opportunities
Appraisal Institute membership provides an open forum for appraisers to share their knowledge, interest, and concerns with colleagues. National, regional and chapter functions offer opportunities for you to network with your peers, providing you opportunities to forge and maintain important business and professional relationships.

Insurance Programs
Through group buying power, the Appraisal Institute offers its members high-quality, low-cost insurance benefits, including professional liability coverage, group life, medical and disability, and employee coverage. Insurance programs are continuously reviewed to ensure that members are receiving the best coverage at the lowest premiums.

While this list of services and benefits is not all-inclusive, it gives you a good idea of "what’s in it for you." Remember, the Appraisal Institute is your organization and strives to be responsive to your expanding interests and needs. Through its chapter and regional structure, you have grassroots participation in the decision-making process on issues of importance facing the organization and your profession.

Your Appraisal Institute membership helps you keep -- and increase -- your professional advantage in today’s demanding business environment. New and exciting programs such as its residential and commercial database projects and its newest effort, AI Direct Connection, enable the organization to ensure that your needs are met today and in the years to come.

For a complete list of benefits, visit this website.


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