Appraiser Licensing
    Appraiser licensing varies from state to state but must follow federal guidelines. To participate in what is called a "federally-related transaction," which is, for example, a mortgage being underwritten by a national bank, an appraiser must be licensed or certified by his or her state.     

    In California, the Certified Residential License requires 2,500 hours of prior experience, demonstration that the applicant can appraise complex properties, and a rigorous exam on all aspects of appraisal practice and ethics.  Additionally, the certified appraiser must complete roughly 14 hours of continuing education every two years, including an update course on the Uniform Standards of Profession Appraisal Practice.

    Prior to the Savings and Loan crisis of the 80s, which gave rise to appraiser licensing, appraisers had to market their expertise, service, professionalism and association designations. Many feel that state licensing has diluted the appraisal profession. Many consider licensure a bare minimum of what you should expect from an appraiser.

    We have worked hard to establish a reputation for quality and prompt work, performed professionally and ethically, with outstanding customer service. You should never just look for a licensed appraiser; you should be discriminating in choosing your service providers.  Tour our website for valuable information on the experience we have and the service we provide.

    You should always be sure your appraisal service provider is licensed and in good standing. The Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA) of the state of California maintains a database of appraisers and their license/certification status.  It is available publicly at this link.

    Among other things, this database will tell you if a service provider you are considering has had his or her license suspended, revoked, or whether the license has lapsed.You can rest assured that our license is current and in good standing!