General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies

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Who should enroll
  • Those seeking general real property appraiser certification
  • Appraisers who want to improve their writing skills
Description General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies provides instruction in effectively communicating a sound analysis of selected parts of a valuation. The course addresses USPAP requirements and the three types of writing most often used in appraisal reports: descriptive, numerical, and analytical. Lectures on writing principles, discussions of various sections of the appraisal report, and in-class writing exercises and presentations provide guidance and practice in effective communication of a valuation analysis.

Specific assignments include writing a thesis statement, summarizing data, creating effective tables, writing a conclusion, communicating highest and best use, communicating an analysis, writing a letter of transmittal, and writing a reconciliation and opinion of value. During this course, participants will use data provided in case studies as the basis for writing assignments that will help them recognize and produce effective reports.

This course may also be used for MAI education requirements.

Objectives
  • Identify the nature of appraisal reports and report requirements.    
  • Identify the basic principles of grammar and effective report writing.    
  • Practice writing descriptive sections of appraisal reports.    
  • Practice writing sections of appraisal reports that include extensive numerical material.
  • Practice writing analytical sections of appraisal reports.


Refer to this page for details of state approval hours for this course.

  • Attended Only:

    175
  • Attended Only:

    175
  • Attended Only:

    175
  • Attend and Pass Exam:

    225
  • Attend and Pass Exam:

    225
  • Attend and Pass Exam:

    225
  • Pass Exam Only:

    200
  • Pass Exam Only:

    200
  • Pass Exam Only:

    200
28 hours
90

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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Intermediate

 


None specified

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Synchronous Requirements

Course Materials Include:

  • Course Handbook (439 pp.)
  • Solutions Booklet (58 pp.)
  • Extended Writing Assignment Checklist (2 pp.)
  • Student Memo (1 p.)Student Letter (1 p.)

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Exam:
You will have 90 days from the time that you complete the course to take the proctored, offline exam. Testing center locations in your area can be found by clicking on this link:www.pearsonvue.com/ai.
Exam FAQ

Online Course Access
Go to www.appraisalinstitute.org and log in with the username and password you used when you registered. Click on the red “My Account” button if you are not automatically taken to your account page.
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I agree to the terms and policies set forth under the Appraisal Institute Education Policy. I also certify that I am the person identified under Personal Data and that I will personally complete each assigned component 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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