Using Spreadsheet Programs in Real Estate Appraisals - The Basics


The technological advances have caused a significant change in the real estate appraisal profession. It is imperative that appraisers easily retrieve, list, and analyze large quantities of data. During this hands-on seminar, you’ll use Microsoft Excel to develop a spreadsheet skill set that includes the use of thousands of the program’s applications. By developing spreadsheet skills that report statistical analysis and provide graphic illustrations, appraisers will have additional professional skills to meet the needs of a more diversified client base.


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Who should Enroll

  • Beginning real property appraisers
  • Real estate professionals
  • Users of appraisal services
  • College students
  • Accountants
This is a basic seminar.  For material that goes beyond the fundamentals, please consider Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling for Valuation Applications


  • Recognize the many advantages of using spreadsheet programs.
  • Illustrate the many uses of spreadsheet programs.
  • Copy, cut, and paste data from one location to another.
  • Identify common applications in spreadsheet programs that apply to real estate appraisal.
  • Identify basic statistical tools that can be used in appraisal development.
  • Recognize the applications of spreadsheet programs in the sales comparison approach.
  • Illustrate the use of spreadsheets to support units of comparison analysis.
  • Demonstrate the use of spreadsheets in a cost approach summary.
  • Identify various editing tools available for use in spreadsheets.
  • Illustrate use of basic spreadsheet procedures to perform basic mathematical functions.
  • Estimate the depreciation rates in a market using spreadsheet tools.




Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations, cell formatting and navigation, and file management in Microsoft Excel


No Exam



Appraisal Institute CE Points

Attend: 35 AI Points

Class Time

7 hours


Yes. After you register for this class, please go to your Education and Events page for details on what you must complete BEFORE class begins.
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Program Overview

Required and/or Recommended Equipment

  • A laptop computer is required.
  • Microsoft Excel 2007 or later must be loaded and operational. If you do not currently have Excel, you can download a trial copy.

System Requirements

Additional Information

Classroom & Synchronous
Seminar Materials Include:
  • Seminar Handbook (195 pp.)
  • Pre-Class Download (725 KB)
  • Pre-Class Memo (1 p.)


Seminar Materials Include:
  • Seminar Handbook (195 pp.)
  • Pre-Class Download (725 KB)
  • Pre-Class Memo (1 p.)

Each live online synchronous session runs for 3.5 hours each day with at least 2 breaks during that time. The course runs for 2 half-days.

Connection Information

Several minutes after you register, you will receive second e-mail which includes instructions in how to connect to the synchronous sessions. If you did not receive the connection information, please check your junk, spam, or quarantine folder. Connection e-mail reminders are sent 1 week, 1 day, and 1 hour prior to synchronous session start time.

I agree to the terms and policies set forth under the Appraisal Institute Online Education Policy. I also certify that I am the person identified above under Personal Data and that I will personally complete each assigned module of instruction and any examination(s). I understand and agree that if I misrepresent my identity or arrange for someone else to represent himself or herself as me at any time during the Appraisal Institute online course or seminar, I will be immediately removed from the course or seminar and I will not be entitled to any refund. I further understand that if I am a Designated member, Candidate for Designation, Practicing Affiliate, or Affiliate of the Appraisal Institute and participated in any misrepresentation of identity, by affirmative act or failure to act, I will be the subject of a peer review proceeding under Regulation No. 6 for violation of the Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Professional Practice of the Appraisal Institute, and such peer review proceeding may result in termination of my Appraisal Institute membership, candidacy, and/or affiliation.



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