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Steve Merrill

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What is the consensus among appraisers concerning ethical behavior relating to non-appraisal business activities? Would an appraiser involved in unethical behavior unrelated to appraising still be considered a member of the profession in good standing?
 

timd354

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What is the consensus among appraisers concerning ethical behavior relating to non-appraisal business activities? Would an appraiser involved in unethical behavior unrelated to appraising still be considered a member of the profession in good standing?
It depends on the scenario and also may depend on the appraiser licensing laws in the state where the appraiser is licensed/certified. Exactly what type of unethical behavior are you tallking about?
 

J Grant

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If their behavior in another area of their life did not impact their skill as an appraiser, or affect their ethics when in capacity as appraiser, I assume they could remain in good standing...why do you ask? If their unethical
behavior in another area of their life crossed over into criminal action, perhaps not.

I do believe ethics are not an all or nothing thing...some people can behave ethically in their profession, but not at home...spouse abuser or child abuser might be a top professional, for example
 

djd09

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Appraisers do work for big banksters. It is all good.
 

USPAP Compliant

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"The Profession" is far to large a group to apply this to.. The license/certification standards barely mention ethics. USPAP uses 3 whole pages to cover ethics.

I could post at least a dozen examples of state appraisal board members being dishonest and unetical in their actions both inside and outside of appraisal practice. The same goes for leaders of some of the appraiser organizations. Crap rolls downhill and yes there are a significant number of appraisers who live a dishonest and unethical life always going to lead an amoral life no matter what.

Sadly I have seen too many times where issues have been covered up by appraisal organizations to keep from having their reputation tarnished.

I do not know of any appraisal group organization or state board who has figured out how to keep their members from being dishonest, unethical or engaging in criminal behavior.

You might think that appraisers become more honest and ethical as they move from the great pool of appraisers to state organizations, then to national organization and on to governmental organizations. Sad to say....that is not how it works.
 
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chad hampton

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Different people have different ethics. What you consider unethical in your private live, I may have no problem with.

You'd have to be more specific in your example.
 
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