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Non-licensure states? How many are there?

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wickedness1

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We are starting to get into alot of legal appraisals. But we are hitting bumps in the road because Ohio is a non-licensure state.

We're finding that alot of realtors do BPO's for attorney's & those fly for what the attorney's need them for.

There are other situations to where BPO's are used quite a bit around here.

How about the other states? How many states are non-licensure? Just curious.
 

Terrel L. Shields

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Arkansas allows anyone to get a Reg. appraisers license. You must take USPAP by the end of the year you apply. That only means you can appraise anything of any value but nothing for credit and nothing for FRT.

A trainee has to register as a Reg. appraiser to get credit however and must have a co-signatory on every report.

Or, you can appraise an estate. Under a recently passed state law, Brokers can appraise an estate. Under the wording it basically opens up ANYONE can appraise an estate for tax purposes, etc. CPA, BPO, SCAB, yellow dog.
 

Bama Bayou

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Alabama

Alabama is mandatory and it is stated very clearly in the law. Anyone who provides an opinion of value for real property in exchange for compensation must have an appraisal license or be certified. This includes real estate agents/brokers. Makes no difference if the appraisal is for a FRT, estate, or curiosity. This is appraisal law.

The only exception is for agents/brokers who provide an opinion of value in the normal course of business such as obtaining listings, representing buyers, etc. This is also appraisal law.

Agents/brokers cannot call their opinions appraisals unless they are licensed or certified appraisers. This is real estate agency law.

Back when the states were compelled to institute regulation of appraisers we had an informal sit down with the real estate commission and their lawyer.
They and their lawyer wanted nothing to do with us. They basically said go form your own board and leave us alone. In return we will leave you alone. All they wanted was for us not to inhibit their ability to do their jobs listing and selling. We had no idea what we wanted except the independence to make our own mistakes. They said "go for it".

Their lawyer was the best friend we ever had. He believed that he and the real estate commission board members had plenty to do without getting into our business. We returned the favor for the same reasons. It made sense for everyone and it has worked very well.

It has not been unusual for the real estate commission to spell out to their licensees that if they get paid for an opinion of value, they had better have appraiser credentials. This is a common item in their newsletters.

The relationship between our appraisal board and the real estate commission has been excellent from the beginning, and I see no way that will change. We just don't get into each others business.
 
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Ray Miller

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Wisconsin only requiers for FRTs.
 

Lee in L.A.

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I though licensing was federally mandated, and the states had to carry it out. :leeann:

Obviously with a few tiny loopholes.
CPA, BPO, SCAB, yellow dog.
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Terrel L. Shields

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Lots of states exempt lots of things. For instance, mineral rights are "real estate"..real property rights (std 1, 2), yet many states exempt mineral rights from both RE brokerage laws and appraisal laws. Some do not. Most don't know how to regulate it and don't even like being asked....TAF will not even respond to queries on the subject.

Also, a bank under federal regulation can use Evaluations to evaluate property, including Real property. These are often loan officers and / or brokers. Some use appraisers exclusively. The minimum they need is much less than the minimum the appraiser has to provide. Federal law trumps state laws so these evaluators are not considered "appraisers"...
 

J Adair

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