Appraisers Forum
Appraisers both Commercial and residential listed by state.

American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
Organization for appraisers specializing in agricultural appraising and farm managers.

American Society of Appraisers
The largest multi-discipline appraisal association, serving real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and other disciplines as well as business valuation. One public discussion board, fairly active, with a wide variety of topics, from Diringold tableware to Abraham Lincoln signatures to USPAP.

National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers

Very active on the East Coast and Midwest. Some chapters in other parts of the country. Active discussion boards.

National Association of Real Estate Appraisers
Providing the latest updates on guidelines, regulations and trends?keeping members in the know while supplying appraisal leads, product/service discounts, educational seminars and more.

National Association of Review Appraisers and Mortgage Underwriters
Has some useful information for review appraisers.

Appraisal Institute
A global association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 23,000 valuation professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide.


Business Organizations

Building Owners and Managers Association International
BOMA enhances the human, intellectual and physical assets of the commercial real state industry through advocacy, education, research, standards and information.

CCIM Institute
A CCIM is part of a global commercial real estate network with members across North America and more than 30 countries.

Institute of Real Estate Management
REM is an international community of real estate managers dedicated to ethical business practices, maximizing the value of investment real estate, and promoting superior management through education and information sharing.

International Council of Shopping Centers
The purpose of The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) is to advance the shopping center industry and to promote its role in the commercial distribution of consumer goods and services.

Mortgage Bankers Association
A national association representing the entire real estate finance industry.

An organization for developers, owners and investors of office, industrial, retail and mixed-use real estate.

Real Estate Investment Trusts
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets.

Urban Land Institute
A multidisciplinary real estate forum, ULI facilitates an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

The American Guild of Appraisers joins with The Doctors Guild, Models Guild, State Professionals and other professional groups that are members of AFL-CIO unions to protect the professional.

American Society of Appraisers
American Society of Appraisers

Appraisal Institute
Appraisal Institute

Environmental Assessment Association
Environmental Assessment Association

Fed. Deposit Insurance Corp.(FDIC)
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC): Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines

International Valuation Standards Commit
International Valuation Standards Committee

Intl Assoc of Assessing Officers
International Association of Assessing Officers

Manufactured Home Institute
Manufactured Home Institute

NAR-Appraisal Section
NAR Appraisal Source is the Website for the NAR Appraisal Section. News, Links, Nationwide Education Calendar and More.

Nat. Assoc. of Independent Fee Appraisers
National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA) hompepage

National Association of Home builders
National Association of Home builders homepage

National Association of Master Appraiser
National Association of Master Appraisers

National Association of Real Estate Appr
National Association of Real Estate Appraisers homepage

National Association of Realtors
National Association of Realtors homepage

National Association of Review Appraiser
National Association of Review Appraisers & Mortgage Underwriters

The Am. Soc. of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers
The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)

Urban Land Institute
Urban Land Institute


Cost Estimating

Marshall & Swift
Marshall & Swift is a provider of building cost data. Their cost manuals, desktop applications, online solutions and education programs help professionals create accurate cost valuations of commercial and residential real estate in the U.S., U.S. territories and Canada.

Arena Soft
ArenaSoft Estimating was developed by an estimator who worked many years for a nationally known General Contractor and Construction Manager. It is the result of this estimator's frustration with the estimating tools commercially available. Only an estimator could create a tool that produces thoughtful, precise estimates in a short period. It has evolved over the years to its current state-of-the-art status.

BSE Estimator
The BSE Estimator program was built by a builder for a builder and has expanded to encompass remodelers, developers, commercial builders, cabinet makers, kitchen and bath contractors, and any other construction related fields.


Directories of Appraisers


All Area Affiliate Network
A national real estate appraiser organization of state licensed and certified real estate appraisers. Online since 1995.

Appraiser Central, National Directory
Only 12 appraisers per state at Appraiser Central. 3 mo free if you get no jobs during your 6 or 12 mo listing.
National directory of real estate appraisers. One fee for unlimited counties in unlimited states that you are personally licensed in. No management companies.
National directory of residential and commercial real estate appraisers. Appraisers may add their listing free.

AppraiserWho? Directory
National directory of residential and commercial real estate appraisers. Searchable by city, state and practice area.

Appraisers @
Real estate appraiser database designed to help consumers and financial institutions find appraisers anywhere in the USA.
We need to build relationship with appraisers nationwide. Visit our site and just ask our members who are getting appraisal orders.
National directory of real estate appraisal companies. Over 10,000 listings and results are guaranteed. On-line since 7/99.
National property appraiser directory helps consumers and real estate professionals find licensed appraisers.

H. Peter Curran - Appraiser
Appraisals of art, antiques and personal property for all purposes including estates, insurance, donation and deconstruction.

Mercury Network
The Mercury Network solves real problems for each sector of the mortgage industry by tying them together in a network for efficiently sending and receiving orders.

Real Estate Appraiser Search
Nationwide directory of experienced real estate appraisers. You may also submit your resume if you are looking for appraiser employment.
Search for real estate appraisers by state and county.


Demographic Data

Demographics Now
Online subscription service offering access to in-depth demographic data for the delivery of consumer and market insight into rapidly compiled reporting visualizations.

As a compiler of home and neighborhood knowledge, we provide real estate marketing and data services to the real estate industry’s top performers. They provided powerful, cost-effective solutions for agents, brokers, MLS organizations, and the world’s largest real estate brands.

National Multi Housing Council - economic analysis
NMHC is a national association representing the interests of the larger and most prominent apartment firms in the U.S. NMHC's members are the principal officers of firms engaged in all aspects of the apartment industry, including ownership, development, management, and financing.

E & O Companies

LIA Administrators & Insurance Services
A national insurance administrator, specializing in Errors and Omissions Insurance for Real Estate Appraisers since 1977.

E & O Insurance for appraisers.



Appraisal Schools
Welcome to We now have online information and registration available for basic residential and general appraisal courses and continuing education seminars in North Carolina.

Hignite Training Service
Continuing education for appraisers and real estate licensees in North Carolina, Continuing education for appraisers in Virginia on land and on the sea. Check out our web site for cruise information with your c.e.

NAR Appraisal Source Education Calendar
Education Calendar for all States, Almost all Appraisal Associations and Many Private Education Providers

Online Appraiser Training for CE credit
Approved in over 40 states! The Appraisal Institute's Online Education program is proud to provide quality internet-based Continuing Education seminars and Qualifying Education courses to help improve your professionalism and competency.

Real Estate Appraisal Course
Quick and Easy Real Estate Appraisal Home Study Course. This course is approved in California, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, Louisiana, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. We have helped over 190,000 people achieve their goals and dreams. Visit our site or call Toll Free: 888.751.2286

Real Estate Appraiser and Investor Books
We have books and DVDs to train real estate appraisers, home inspectors, investors, Realtors, agents, builders, contractors, and house buyers and sellers. Our products have been rated with five stars from Top 50 Books reviewers and are a great learning resource for beginners or experts in the real estate business. You can also use our products to help you prepare for the appraisal license exams. View our web site at for more information.

Van Education Center Appraisal School
National Appraisal School offering online courses for CE, USPAP, and all licensing levels.

ASFMRA an internationally recognized, not-for-profit professional society established in 1929. We provide education and professional designations for Farm Managers, Appraisers and Agricultural Consultants and serve all jurisdictions in the United States. From the beginner to the seasoned professional, the ASFMRA has something for everyone.

American Society of Appraisers
The largest multi-discipline appraisal association, serving real estate, personal property, machinery and equipment, and other disciplines as well as business valuation. They offer a variety of education and refresher courses from online to in class. For both the new student to the experienced appraiser

National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers education program was formed, in part, to provide assurance to clients that they are engaging a qualified, experienced, competent appraiser, an appraiser having up-to-date education and knowledge of the profession's standards.

Allied Real Estate School Get your real estate, appraisal, home inspection or contractors license from one of the most endorsed real estate schools in the country. Allied offers live customer support, updated materials and a 110% money back promise on licensing programs.

Merrell Institute - Bill C. Merrell, Ph.D.-School Director/Founder bring 3 decades of Professional Education. He is on the National Education Committee of NAREA, ACI and is the National Director for the North American Association Network.

Appraisal Institute -If you are starting a career or advancing your education and fulfilling you CE requirements A.I. can help. A variety of classes and ways to make the classes work for you are available.

Fha Study Guide for the Hud Test
This is a unique study guide with all the information you need to pass the fha test. This is not a cram course.
Online test preparation, games and online courses for Real Estate Appraisers
Sam Martin can help you pass the Appraisal licensing exam. Private tutoring available in IL and neighboring states.


Featured Links

Appraisal Foundation

Dedicated to promoting professionalism and ensuring public trust in the valuation profession. This is accomplished through the promulgation of standards, appraiser qualifications, and guidance regarding valuation methods and techniques.

Appraisal Institute
A global association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 23,000 valuation professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide.

ASC: Appraisal Subcommittee
The Appraisal Subcommittee's (ASC) oversees the appraiser regulatory programs established by the States, Territories and the District of Columbia (States); monitors the requirements addressing appraisal standards for federal financial institutions; maintains the National Registry of State certified and licensed appraisers; while monitoring and reviewing operations of the Appraisal Foundation.

ERC: Employee Relocation Organization
A workforce mobility association for professionals who oversee, manage, or support U.S. domestic and international employee transfer.

Government Resources

American National Standards Institute
American National Standards Institute

Appraisal Subcommittee
Appraisal Subcommittee

The Appraisal Foundation
The Appraisal Foundation

Federal Institutions Reforms, Recovery,
Federal Institutions Reforms, Recovery, Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA)

Appraiser's Message Board
Technical Support Question & Answer Forum for FHA appraisers within the Santa Ana HOC jurisdiction. Post your question or problem and you will receive an official answer. The Board is an official source of news for FHA appraisers. Board is password protected. Board is also open to underwriters with questions concerning FHA appraisal regulations.

Great site for obtaining census tract information.

Environmental Protection Agency
Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council

FEMA Firm tutorial
FEMA flood map tutorial

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Federal Housing Finance Board
Federal Housing Finance Board

Federal Reserve Board

Federal Reserve Board Statistics

US Census Bureau
US Census Bureau


Government Resources (Cont.)


Appraisal Standards for Federal Land
Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition

Code of Federal Regulations
a website for the "Code of Federal Regulations" by title & section

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC):
Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines





Terraserver - Aerial Map & Topography
Subscription service which offers advanced mapping features, including interactive drawing/measuring tools and online saving.

OpenAerialMap- Free Arial Map and Topography
A non-profit, open access, meeting place for the aerial imaging community. It exists to provide a freely available image map of the world created solely by community contribution, and to facilitate the free exchange of imagery, technology, and ideas. In order to provide an unrestricted, free, an unbiased view of the world, OpenAerialMap encourages the free exchange of imagery, without restriction on its use.

Google Earth
Free aerial views of addresses are a fun way to get a true "bird's-eye" view of a property. Aerial views first became available with the earliest satellite technology, first developed by the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Such technology came to have real-world applications are surveyors were able to draw more accurate maps of the earth's surface.



U.S. Census Bureau Fact Finder
American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.

A geodemographic consulting firm specializing in Census Tract and Census related databases (TIGER Line), custom maps including census tract maps, ring/market study maps, customer/sales maps and thematic maps, geocoding, GIS (Geographic Information System) based applications such as software (ATLAS GIS, ArcView, SAM, Doctor Dolittle), file conversions, digitizing, redistricting, estimates, demographics, and training.

Your basic geocoding, but soon to expand the geocoding services (congressional lookups, census data integration, distance and clustering, mapping) and to create a stronger link between the work on



Flood Maps
Flood & Census data
via on line service which was launched in September 2000 provides quick access to flood map & census data.

FloodInsights' maps are continually updated to ensure that you're getting the latest FEMA flood information. Our maps even include small changes that don't appear on FIRM panels. FloodInsights provides digital versions of every FEMA map and it offers complete, nationwide coverage. In addition, FloodInsights' flood maps can be shown next to aerial photos to ensure that the subject is in the correct location.

Flood Source
With their advanced systems technology and extensive flood databases, they are fast becoming a major technology provider within the flood industry. Since they are a software company, rather than a flood services provider, they are uniquely positioned to help you meet your flood business goals.

InterFlood- Instant flood maps and data
With InterFlood, you get high-resolution, official FEMA scans, and the flood zone is even shaded for you in the color of your choice. But, unlike the time it takes to dig through the FEMA site or other methods, your InterFlood maps are quick to find and can be downloaded directly into your reports through WinTOTAL, or easily copy and pasted into your appraisal software.

FEMA-Map Service Center
Preliminary flood hazard data provide the public an early look at your home or community's risk to flood hazards. Beginning in May 2013, visit the new search tool to find your data. For more information, visit the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data webpage.




Free online mapping Service, search by location, address, state or city. MapQuest provides some extent of street-level detail and/or driving directions for a variety of countries.



Terraserver - Aerial Map & Topography
Subscription service which offers advanced mapping features, including interactive drawing/measuring tools and online saving.

Web Soil Survey
At the National Soil Survey Center (NSSC), the Director, National Leaders, and staff are responsible for: policy, technical guidance, procedures, and standards; soil investigation assistance; soil survey laboratory functions; developing handbooks and manuals to guide soil survey operations; training on a group and individual basis; developing and maintaining soil survey data and information systems; assistance in planning regional work planning conferences; liaison to NCSS Regional Agriculture Experiment Station Soil Survey Committees; and technical coordination at the national level.


Manufactured Housing

Majestic Homes Ltd.

Majestic Homes has grown to be one of the largest dealers of modular homes in the northeast. Bringing our experience as developers and stick builders was essential, however another key to their success is their innovation in approach as the modular industry evolved.

Manufactured Housing Global Network
A network of everything related to Manufactured Housing. Search for Builders, current homes and even mobile home parks etc.

Manufactured Housing Institute
A national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry. MHI serves its membership by providing industry research, promotion, education and government relations programs, and by building and facilitating consensus within the industry.

Within these pages you will find homes and information on Retailers and Community Developments in the Western States that offer Silvercrest homes.

1997 OR Manufactured Dwelling Standard
1997 Oregon Manufactured Dwelling Standard - Table of Contents

Chapter 8 HUD handbook 4150.2
Search handbooks for 4150.2Chapter 8 discusses manufactured homes constructed to HUD code

Construction/Safety Standards Background
Construction/Safety standards regulatory background

Fact Sheet for Builders/Manufacturers
Information on manufactured housing

HUD National Reference Guide
Appraisal and property requirements manufactured homes

Inspection Agencies for HUD
List of approved states and private thrid party agencies that inspect manufactured homes in the factory while under construction

Legitimate Manufacture Home Comparable
"What is a Legitimate Manufactured House Comparable for the URAR" North Carolina Appraisal Board Frequently Asked Questions.

Manufactured Housing
Topics:MH:Understanding Factory Built HousingThe HUD CodeInspection System

Manufactured Housing Network
Online Comparable sales reports for the state of California.

Manufacturers of HUD manufactured homes
List of manufacturers by state of homes manufactured to HUD building code

Missing Hud Labels (Tags)
Label verification letter for units missing labels/tags

Find your DREAM HOME PLAN at PlanHouse. Modifications and Custom Design available from our professional designers. National Directory of Home Building Resources.

Southern California Mobile Homes Expert
Christian Southern California Mobile Homes Specialist John-Robin Middlebrook provides full service agency service to sellers and exclusive buyer representation to buyers of manufactured homes in Southern California.

VA Handbook/Manufactured Housing
Manufactured Homes:Chapter 7.11Chapter 10.05Chapter 11.12Chapter 12.10Chapter 13.06Chapter 14.04


Resources for the Appraiser

Books Bookstore
Great selection of books about real estate appraisal.

Craig Julian Seminars
This website contains appraisal books and seminar information. Additional information on FHA Appraisal and Real Estate Appraisal Exam Prep.

Square Footage - Method for Calculating
This voluntary standard for measuring square footage in single-family detached and attached homes, developed by an American National Standards Committee, is the first national standard to reconcile differences in current methods for determining square footage. The standard involves the calculation and reporting of above-grade square footage and below-grade square footage in single-family houses. It is not applicable to apartment/multifamily buildings and does not cover room dimensions.


Appraiser Marketplace
Tools of the trade for appraisers including measuring devices, software and other miscellaneous items
Hardware, software, consulting, and technical training for appraisers.
Tools and Supplies for the Appraiser. Measuring Wheels, Calculators, Measuring Tapes, and more....

QuantumGear - Mobile Appraisal Products
Providing quality mobile devices for professionals on the move. We are a reseller of the Disto line of lasermeters. Realize significant time savings with the Disto Plus, A5, or A3. We also carry GPS units, mobile headsets, PDA's, accessories and more.


Online Data Sources
Free resources for commercial appraisers. Features quarterly Investor Survey with mortgage terms and cap, equity dividend and discount rates and more.

Appraisal Library
online resources, industry news, links, etc.
Free online Residential Building Cost Calculator

Market Data Center
Appraiser submitted data plus county records in the greater Atlanta, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, St. Louis, Houston, Chicago and New York areas!

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary

Public information online plus county phone numbers for assessors and clerks.

ParcelQuest by CD-DATA
ParcelQuest is your instant access to over 12 million properties in California. Stay competitive with accurate and timely California County-Direct Data and Parcel Maps. Free Demo!

Spec Home Builders Directory
Directory of Home Builder Spec Homes, and Ready to Move Spec Houses For Sale. Search Available Spec Home Real Estate and New Inventory House Listings.

Online Thesaurus

Online Web Services

Appraisers Sites
They have been offering free web designs for real estate appraisers through their site at since 1998. The site is only free if you host it with them.

Other Resources helps real estate appraisers find products and services that will improve their businesses.
Free email accounts for real estate appraisers.

Asgrow Figuring Acreage Formula
Calculates the acreage of a plot, whether it is regular or irregular in shape.

Assessor Links USA
A State by State Guide to Tax Assessor and County Recorder websites
Get a professional, original appraisal Web site, with online ordering, without breaking your budget. Includes logo design, help with domain registration and search engine registration.

New England Appraisal Forum
A board hosted by the New Hampshire Chapter of NAIFA for discussion of real estate appraisal in New England.

Online Building Codes Resource is proud to be a premier online building code provider serving architects, engineers, contractors, and other AEC Professionals around the world.

The Mortgage Bankers Association
The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) is the national association representing the entire real estate finance industry.We balance the interests of diverse stakeholders, from main street to wall street, spanning all aspects of real estate finance, including commercial, multifamily and residential.

Real Estate Valuation Magazine ONLINE
The popular national appraisal magazine published by Henry S. Harrison is available ONLY ONLINE now. It is not a newsletter, but a full 37 page magazine!!

Specializing in partnering Trainees with Licensed Real Estate Appraisers and providing real world knowledge.

Westhill Systems Consulting
Our software allows your clients to place orders, check status, and download finished work in PDF format. Use your current site's layout, or we can provide you with a template. Even take credit cards online!

An online copy of USPAP.


Secondary Mortgage Market

Fannie Mae
Fannie Mae Homepage

Fannie Mae UAD

The Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) is a component of the Uniform Mortgage Data Program (UMDP), jointly established by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac under the direction of our regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to provide common requirements for appraisal and loan delivery data.

ADFINET "THE Automated Mortgage Guides"
Exellent source for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac guides.

Fannie Mae Appraisal Guidelines from App
Fannie Mae Appraisal Guidelines (download file)

Freddie Mac
Freddie Mac Home page

Freddie Mac

As part of the Uniform Mortgage Data Program, (UMDP) Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae have worked together at the direction of their regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, to develop the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and the Uniform Collateral Data Portal (UCDP) in an effort to enhance appraisal data quality and consistency and promote the collection of electronic appraisal data.


Software Companies

ACI offers desktop, tablet, and browser-based industry-standard applications, as well as custom-developed solutions, reaching beyond the foray of the valuation and mortgage services industries to real estate, insurance, and corporate and franchise inspection communities.

A La Mode
This Company offers a full suite of Products for the appraiser. Videos, step by step guides, webinars and more. They also back our products with fully staffed 24 x 7 x 365 tech support.

Software for Real Estate Professionals
Offers a variety of software with Productivity in mind. Many features were intentionally developed into the software to make sure that you can get the most accurate appraisal out the door as fast as possible without any hassles.

Apex Professional Services
Apex has expanded our sketching service options to provide everything from sketch creation to sketch verification and analysis processes. Sketch Verification (Sketch-to-Imagery analysis) and Sketch geo-referencing services can be leveraged by jurisdictions that don’t have Apex Sketching Software and utilize other building drawing tools.

1Stop Appraisal Management Software

One Stop Appraisal is a software company that has developed eTracker, a web based solution to help manage your real estate appraisal office. eTracker is a complete solution offering ordering, tracking, accounting, delivery and reporting. Our solution works with any web site and if you don’t have one we’ll give you one free.

Marshall & Swift
Provider of building cost valuation data and estimating tools for the Appraisal, Insurance, Construction and Home Inspection Industries.

@Value -- Income Property Valuation
Discounted cash flow analysis software for commercial appraisers.

Alamode, inc
Experience for yourself why more appraisers choose WinTOTAL than the next four brands combined. Order or download a FREE demo CD online

Appraisal Studio from United Systems
Response to Appraisal Studio has been overwhelming. And why not? United Systems has over twenty years of experience creating solutions for appraisers, and appraisers in the field participated heavily in Appraisal Studio's design. The result is an innovative, next-generation platform that will make your office immediately more productive. Download your free demo copy today.

Appraiser's Paradise
Narrative appraisal automation integrates order tracking, large report delivery, and performance reports. Powerful valuation worksheets save steps during development of the value opinion. Web based solution eliminates software headaches while providing secure access from any web connected PC. New approach delivers completely original reports while saving hours on every assignment.

Assessor Data and Parcel Maps
California County Assessor Data and Parcel Map at your fingertips. Access property information, view and print parcel maps and more. Low cost! Quality! Service!

MicroBase Plus Real Estate Software
Online access to public records and real estate data throughout the state of Florida.

N-CAP'R Income Capitalizer
Calculates cap rates, yield rates, direct capitalization, discounted cash flow analysis for appraisers, investors, lenders, and appraisal reviewers.

Appraisal software YOU control. NCVForms has a built-in designer for custom forms for ANY use, complete with formulas and functions, and at the price of taking the family to dinner and a movie!

REALHOUND Real Estate Software
Track and Analyze Commercial Real Estate Properties