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What Does a Real Estate Appraiser Do?

If you have an analytical mind and love looking at houses, here’s an in-demand job to consider. Real estate appraisers provide an unbiased estimate, or appraisal, of the value of land and the buildings on that land. They provide assistance to those who own or manage property as well as those who sell, invest in or lend money for real estate. Appraisers prepare a financial estimate of a property and research issues that could influence its value. They compare their research against similar properties. Appraisers typically value one property at a time, and they often specialize in a certain type of real estate, like commercial or residential.

A related job is real estate assessor, who looks at whole neighborhoods to assess value to determine tax values. An assessor is typically an elected official.

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A real estate appraiser completes a form that notes the condition of a house
Real estate appraisers spend a large part of their day conducting property visits. (Credit: Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Visit individual properties, noting characteristics and surrounding properties
  • Check the legal description in the public record
  • Examine all variables that impact a property’s value, like overall condition or renovation work
  • Take photographs of a property, including exterior and interior images
  • Compare property to others in the surrounding area
  • Prepare reports that explain assessment results and methods used
  • Stay up-to-date on real estate market conditions
Education + Training

Requirements to become an appraiser vary by state and sometimes by city or even the value or type of property. Because home loans are generally financed by federally insured banks, assessors must earn a state license or certification. An entry-level state license typically does not require a bachelor’s degree. Getting the licence requires passing an exam and completing a set number of hours of on-the-job training.

The Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser and the Certified General Real Property Appraiser are the two federally-required certifications for real estate appraisers. Check with your state's licensing board for specific certification requirements.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Have great listening skills
  • Have good analytical skills to compare options
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Have excellent writing skills
  • Have good interpersonal skills and like to interact with clients

Real Estate Appraiser training in your area

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Real Estate Property Management Certificate Level 1

Houston Community College
Houston (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate Sales Certificate

Fullerton College
Fullerton (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate, A.S.

San Diego Mesa College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)

Tax Preparation Specialist Certifcate

Southern Crescent Technical College
Griffin (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate Training

Craven Community College
New Bern (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate Certificate of Achievement

De Anza College
Cupertino (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate Residential Certificate Level 1

Houston Community College
Houston (0.0 Miles)
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Home Inspector Pre-License Continuing Education Certificate

Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate Sales Skills Certificate

Fullerton College
Fullerton (0.0 Miles)

Business: Real Estate Salesperson Certificate of Accomplishment

Long Beach City College
Long Beach (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate, A.A.S.

Columbus State Community College
Columbus (0.0 Miles)

Real Estate, A.S.

Mt. San Jacinto College
San Jacinto (0.0 Miles)

Find Real Estate Appraiser Jobs in Your Area

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Field Staff Appraiser

ClearCapital.com, Inc.
Houston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 5 months 3 weeks ago

ROW Specialist

HNTB Corporation
San Jose ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 2 weeks ago

Appraisal Team Lead

D.R. Horton, Inc.
Austin ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Appraisal Specialist II

Simmons Bank
Gallatin ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 4 weeks ago

Residential Staff Appraiser - Houston, TX

US Bank
Houston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Property Assessor (2319-20)

Hamilton County
Cincinnati ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Commercial Appraiser

Dakota County
Apple Valley ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month ago

Field Staff Appraiser

ClearCapital.com, Inc.
Sarasota ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago