Useful Resources

BECOME AN APPRAISER
How to Enter the Appraisal Professional
How to Enter the Real Property Appraisal Profession
Qualifications for Becoming an Appraiser
Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria
Personal Property Appraiser Criteria
Student Appraiser Guide
State Regulatory (Licensing) Boards
Considering A Career In Rural Appraisal - ASFMRA
Symbols & Formulas - Appraisal Institute
Math Review & Sample Problems - HP Calculators - Appraisal Institute
HP12C - User Guide
Preparing for the Appraisal Exam
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Appraisers
Real Estate Appraisal
Federal Business Opportunities
USAJOBS.GOV

GENERAL APPRAISAL INFORMATION
Estimating Home Value
A Guide to Understanding A Residential Appraisal
Appraisers, Appraisals & You: A Lender's
     Guide to USPAP

Why Engage a Professional Appraiser

SPECIFIC APPRAISAL INFORMATION
Appraisal Practice Board (APB) - Valuation Advisory
Identification of Contributory Assets &
    Appraisers & Calculation of Economic Rents

Tool Kit - Identification of Contributory Assets & Calculation Rents
Adjusting Comparable Sales for Seller
    Appraisers &Concessions

Residential Appraising in a Declining Market
Identifying Comparable Properties - Revised
Guide Notes to the Standards of Professional
    Appraisers & Practice of the Appraisal Institute


APPRAISAL REFERENCES - ONLINE
Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Library
International Valuation Glossary

APPRAISAL FORMS
AI Reports - Appraisal Institute
Appraisal Forms & Resources - Appraisal Institute
Appraisal Report Residential Income
    Appraisers &Property (71A) - Freddie Mac

Uniform Appraisal Engagement Tool
    Appraisers &for Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Appraisal Review Form - NARA-MU
Land Appraisal Review Checklist - NARA-MU
Uniform Commercial/Industrial Appraisal Review
    Appraisers &Narrative Form-Existing Property

Washington State Department of
    Appraisers &Transportation - Appraisal Forms


GENERAL REFERENCE
Dictionary.com
Investopedia
WikipediA
Dictionary of Law Terms & Legal Definitions - Nolo
Glossary of Landform & Geologic Terms - USDA
Geography Glossary

APPRAISAL PUBLICATIONS
Appraisal Books - Appraisal Institute 
     SCOPE OF WORK
     The Appraisal of Real Estate, 13th Edition
     The Appraisal of Rural Property, 2nd Edition
     The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 5th Edition
     Real Estate Valuation in Litigation, 2nd Edition
     The Appraisal of Water Rights
     The Valuation of Wetlands, 2nd Edition
Real Estate Appraisal Practice:
    A Collection of Examples


REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL ORGANIZATIONS
Appraisal Institute (AI)
American Society or Farm Managers & Rural
    Appraisers (ASFMRA)

International Right of Way Association (IRWA)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
National Association of Appraisers (NAA)
National Association of Independent Fee
    Appraisers (NAIFA)

National Association of Review Appraisers & Mortgage
    Underwriters (NARA-MU)

The American Guild of Appraisers (AGA)
Association of Texas Appraisers (ATA)

REAL ESTATE APPRAISER DESIGNATIONS
MAI - Appraisal Institute
SRPA - Appraisal Institute
ARA - Accredited Rural Appraiser - ASFMRA 
RPRA - Accredited Real Property Review
    Appraiser - ASFMRA

SRA - Appraisal Institute
R/W-AC - Right of Way Appraisal Certification - IRWA
SR/WA - Senior Right of Way Professional
    Designation IRWA

FRICS - Fellow Royal Institute of Chartered
    Surveyors - RICS

MRICS - Member Royal Institute of Chartered
    Surveyors - RICS

ASA - Accredited Senior Appraiser - ASA
IFA - Residential Appraisal Specialist - NAIFA
IFAA - Agricultural Appraiser Specialist - NAIFA
IFAS - Senior Appraiser Specialist for
    Non-Residential - NAIFA

IFAC - Appraiser Counselor - NAIFA
MAA - Member of the Association of Appraisers - NAA

BUSINESS APPRAISER ORGANIZATIONS
The Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA)
The American Society of Appraisers - Business
    Valuation (ASA-BV)

The American Institute of Certified Public
    Accountants (AICPA)

The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business
    Valuators (CICBV)

National Association of Certified
    Valuators and Analysts (NACVA)


BUSINESS APPRAISER DESIGNATIONS
Comparison Business Valuation Designations - NACVA
CBA - Certified Business Appraiser -
    Institute of Business Appraisers

MCBA - Master Certified Business Appraiser -
    Institute of Business Appraisers

ABV - Accredited in Business Valuation - American
    Institute of CPAs

CVA - Certified Valuation Analyst - NACVA
ABAR - Accredited in Business Appraisal
    Review (ABAR)


BUSINESS VALUATION DATA & LINKS
Business Valuation Resources
Pratt's Stats - Private Company Merger & Acquisition Transaction Database
Institute of Business Appraisers
BIZCCOMPS
Done Deals
ValuSource - Mid-market Comps / DoneDeals
Definitions & Glossary of Business Appraisal
    Terms - BusinessAppraisers.com

Business Glossary - allbusiness.com

PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISAL ORGANIZATIONS
Appraisers Association (AAA) Personal
    Property - Fine & Decorative Arts


OTHER ASSOCIATIONS
American Bankers Association (ABA)
Mortgage Insurance Companies of America (MICA)
Farm Credit Council (FCC)
National Association of Realtors (NAR)

MARKET AREA ANALYSIS DATA - AREA & CITY INFORMATION
City-Data.com
Geocoding System - Identify s Census Tract &
    Info by Address - FFIEC

U.S. Census Bureau - American Fact Finder
U.S. Census Bureau Maps & Data
    Resources

Site To Do Business (STDB) 
CityTownInfo.com
ePodunk - Community Info
Standard & Poor's / Case-Shiller Home
    Price Indices


SUBJECT & COMPARABLE DATA
CoreLogic
Costar
DataQuick
LandVision
LoopNet
NDC Data
ParcelQuest
RealQuest
Realty Rates
REIS
SearchSystem.net - Public Records Search
Soil Surveys & Maps - Natural Resources
    Conservation - USDA

EnviroMapper StoreFront - EPA



MAPS ONLINE
Bing Maps
GeoCommunicator - Department of the Interior
National Atlas - Department of the Interior
USGS - The National Map
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - National
    Wetlands Inventory

Wilderness.net
Google Maps
MapQuest
Yahoo Maps
National Pipeline Mapping System
Earthquake Faults - California
EnviroMapper (EPA)
Active Fire Maps - USDA Forest Service

GIS - KML/KMZ - FILE DOWNLOADS - GOOGLE EARTH

Data.gov (data sets held by the
    federal government)

Importing GIS data into Google Earth
Using BLM's GeoCommunicator Map Services
    in Google Earth

Public Land Survey System (PLSS) -
    Township/Range/Section

USGS - Topographic Maps via Earth Point
EPA - Regional KML Download - Regulated Sites
EPA - Water Data
USGS - Earthquakes
FWS - Wetlands Data
US Census Bureau
Geology of Conterminous United States -
    KMZ Download

Active Mines in U.S. - USGS - KML Download
National Weather Data in KML/KMZ formats
Converting Shapefiles (and more) to KML

AERIAL IMAGERY
Google Earth & Google Earth Pro
Pictometry
ParcelQuest - California

HAZARD INFO
Earthquake - Alquist-Priolo Faults
Liquefaction

FLOOD MAPS
Floodinsights
FEMA Map Service Center

MINERAL RIGHTS
Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers
     Perspectives on the Fair Market Value of
    Oil & Gas Interests


WATER RIGHTS
Summary of California Water Rights
Water Transfer Issues in California
DMS Natural Resources

APPRAISAL STANDARDS
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal
    Practice (USPAP)

Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal
    Land Acquisitions (Yellow Book)

      Common Errors & Misconceptions in Yellow
    Book Assignments

Uniform Appraisal Dataset Specification (UAD)
HUD Appendix D: Valuation Protocol
Guidance for Lenders & Appraisers - FannieMae
Appraisal Independence Requirements - FannieMae
   Frequently Asked Questions - Appraiser
    Independence - FannieMae

General & Extraordinary Assumptions and
    Hypothetical Conditions

International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC)
National Appraiser Registry
Appraisal Foundation
Freddie Mac - Uniform Appraisal Dataset
Housing & Urban Development - Appraisal Manual
Department of Veteran Affairs - Lender Handbook - Appraisal Requirements
IRS - Real Property Valuation Guidelines
FHWA - Uniform Relocation Assistance & Real Property Acquisition Policies      Act 1970
Caltrans - Chapter 7 - Appraisal Policies & General Requirements
FDIC - Interagency Appraisal & Evaluation Guidelines
     FDIC - Part 323 - Appraisals, 2000 - Rules & Regulations
Department of the Treasury - Interagency
    Appraisal & Evaluation Guidelines

    Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    (OCC) - Appraisal

     12 CFR, Part 34 - Real Estate Lending
    and Appraisal

     Frequently Asked Questions on the Appraisal
    Regulations

Real Estate Acquisition Guide for Local Public
    Agencies - FHWA

Real Estate Acquisition Guide For Local
    Public Agencies PDF - FHWA

Standard-Setters & Key Documents on Valuation
    for Financial Reporting

Appraisal Guidelines - JPMorgan Chase Bank
Luther Burbank Savings Appraisal
    Policy - March 2013


BUILDING MEASUREMENT STANDARDS
ANSI - Single Family Residential Buildings
The American Measurement Standard - Single Family Residential
BOMA Measurement Standards

MARKET VALUE DEFINITIONS
Definition of a Market
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
    Appraisers & (OCC) - CFR Title 12 Part 34.42

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
Uniform Appraisal Standards for
    Appraisers & Federal Land Acquisitions

BLM Exchange Definition of Market
    Appraisers & Value 43 CFR 2200.0-5(n)

Machinery & Technical Service
    Appraisers & Assets - ASA

AI - "Making Sense of the Nonsense" -
    Appraisers & Using Foreclosures & Short Sales


OTHER VALUE DEFINITIONS
Defining Standards of Value - ASA
Defining Value in Use - ASA

SCOPE OF WORK
Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
Analyzing Market Trends - Guide Note 12 -
    Appraisers & Appraisal Institute


APPRAISAL REVIEW
Reviewing Appraisals in Today's Mortgage
    Appraisers & Market - Freddie Mac

UASFLA - Checklist
Appraisal Review Reminders - Freddie Mac
How to Review a Commercial Real Estate

U.S. GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
GovSpot.com - Private portal with government
    Appraisers & links - State & Federal

Federal Register
Department of the Interior - Office of
    Appraisers & Valuation Services

Department of Justice (DOJ) - The Appraisal Unit
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Naval Facilities Engineering
    Appraisers & Command - Real Estate

Bureau of Land Management - BLM
Federal Land Policy & Management Act
Recreation & Public Purposes Act
Title 43 - Public Lands: Interior
BLM Land Exchange Handbook
BLM Wilderness Management 2000
BLM Access to Non-Federal
    Appraisers & In-holdings; Wilderness Area

Bureau of Reclamation
Reclamation Manual
National Park Service
Real Property Values - Economic Impacts
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Guidelines for the Appraisal of
    Appraisers & Water Rights in California

National Wildlife Refuge System
HUD - U.S. Department of Housing &
    Appraisers & Urban Development

VA - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Appraisers
Appraiser Qualifications
Appraisal Fee Schedules
 Application for Fee or Roster
    Appraisers & Personnel Designation

Lenders Handbook - Appraiser Requirements - Property Standards
Appraiser Opinions on Department of Veterans
    Appraisers & Affairs Appraisal & Inspection Fees

Government Sponsored Enterprises-
    Appraisers & FHL Banks, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) - Wikipedia
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Fannie Mae
Freddie Mac
Ginnie Mae
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
The National Flood Insurance Program
Community Status Book
     Map Service Center
Securities & Exchange Commission - 
    Appraisers & Forms & Fillings

USPS - Zip Code Lookup
U.S. Census Bureau - Data Access Tool
EPA - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
USGS - U.S. Geological Survey
USDA Soil survey maps



BUILDING COST
Bluebook - Residential Cost
Marshall & Swift
NADA - Manufactured Homes
RS Means
Building-Cost.net

SKETCHING PROGRAMS
Apex
RapidSketch
WinSketch

MAPPING PROGRAMS
DeLorme - Street Atlas & Topo North America
Microsoft - Streets & Trips
MapPro, Inc.  - Online Maps

REPORT GUIDELINES
Guideline for Preparing a Narrative
    Appraisers & Rural Appraisal Reports - ASFMRA

A Guide to Real Property Demonstration
    Appraisers & Appraisal Report - IAAO

Worldwide ERC Summary Appraisal
    Appraisers & Report - Worldwide ERC

Writing a Demonstration Narrative
    Appraisers & Appraisal Report - NAIFA


MARKET REPORTS
Cassidy Turley
Colliers
Cushman & Wakefield
CBRE
Grubb & Ellis
Marcus & Millichap
NAI
NAIOP - Commercial Real Estate
    Appraisers & Development Association

REIS
Voit
Delta Associates

CAP & BOND RATES
Developing a Capitalization Rate
RealtyRates.com
HFF - Libors, Treasuries
Bankrate
PwC Real Estate Investor
    Appraisers & Survey - Korpacz

Real Capital Analytics
National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries

PUBLICATIONS & SURVEYS
The Appraisal Journal
Journal of ASFMRA
Right of Way Magazine
Journal of Real Estate Research
American Real Estate Society Journals
Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics
Land Economics
Real Estate Economics
International Real Estate Review-Asian
    Appraisers & RE Society-Global Chinese RE Congress

DQNews
National Apartment Association -
    Appraisers & Annual Income & Expense Survey

PwC Real Estate Investor Survey
RERC / CCIM Investment Trends Quarterly
University of Wisconsin Digital Collection -
    Appraisers & Real Estate

Working Real Estate
Valuation Review

ECONOMIC
Bureau of Economic Analysis -
    Appraisers & U.S. Department of Commerce

Consumer Price Index (CPI)-Bureau
    Appraisers & of Labor Statistics-U.S. Dept.
    of Labor

EconData.Net
Economic & Housing Outlook - Fannie Mae
Economic Research & Data - Board
    Appraisers & of Governors Federal
    Appraisers & Reserve System

Monthly Economic Indicators - Appraisal Institute
Mortgage Bankers Association - Research &
    Appraisers & Forecast

National Association of Realtors -
    Appraisers & Real Estate Research & Statistics

Moody's Analytics
FreeLunch.com - Free Economic,
    Appraisers & Demographic & Financial Data


AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH & SURVEYS
Cost & Return Studies - University of
    Appraisers & California, Davis

USDA Economic Research Service
USDA Web Soil Survey
Uniform Agricultural Appraisal Report
Agri Chattels: A Glossary and Commentary

ENVIRONMENTAL & CONTAMINATION
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
State & Territorial Environmental Agencies (EPA)
EnviroMapper (EPA)
Brownfields & Land Revitalization (EPA)
Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI)

GREEN BUILDING
Energy Star
Green Building Finance Consortium
Green Globes
U.S. Green Building Council
National Association of Home Builders - Green Building
Steel in the Air

SOFTWARE COMPANIES
ACI
a la mode
Bradford Technologies
Narrrative1
Argus Valuation - DCF
Automated Valuation Technologies Inc. (AVT)
Software for Real Estate Professionals (SFREP)
S.M.A.R.T. 1004MC

RESIDENTIAL APPRAISAL INFO
Residential Appraiser Resources
Residential Update
50 Tested & Proven Ideas for Residential
    Appraisers & Appraisers - Steve Lederer, SRA

Summary Appraisal Report Residential - AI

AUTOMATED VALUATION MODELS
Zillow
CoreLogic
DataQuick
First American Title
Home Value Explorer Freddie Mac
Interthinx

ARTICLES
How to Discredit Most Real Estate
    Appraisers & Appraisals in One Minute

The Appraisals of Easements - IRWA
    Appraisers & DEC 2001 - Albert N. Allen, SR/WA


NON PROFITS
Habitat for Humanity
EarthAdvantage
Center for Creative Land Recycling

LAND SURVEYS
2005 Minimum Standard Requirements for
    Appraisers & ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys


COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE WEBSITES
GlobeSt.com

EDUCATION & TRAINING
National Highway Institute

FORUMS - BLOGS - INFO
Appraisers Forum
Appraisal Buzz
Appraisal Insight Blog - National
    Appraisers & Association of Realtors