The Appraisal Institute is a not-for-profit professional membership association dedicated to excellence in real estate valuation and consulting. The Appraisal Institute offers high quality education including week-long courses, half-day and full-day seminars that are approved under various continuing education requirements for many real estate professionals.

Throughout this site, a wide variety of information is available to assist each of our potential visitors, including: understanding designation classifications; locating area appraisers to assist in resolving any real estate problem or making any real estate decision.

As the world’s premier organization of professional real estate appraisers, the Appraisal Institute awards professional designations to those who have demonstrated superior appraising ability and judgment.   Membership includes general appraisal members who hold the MAI, SRPA or SREA, designations, and residential appraisal members who hold the SRA or RM designations.  The MAI and SRA designations are being awarded to new members.

These designations are not easily earned.  To received designation, a member must complete the demanding training and educational requirements, have field experience reviewed by peers, and successfully complete a demonstration appraisal report.  Additionally, designated Appraisal Institute members are held to high continuing education requirements. These requirements are significantly above the basic requirements to be a State-certified or licensed appraiser.

Recognized for their experience and extensive knowledge of real estate valuation and evaluation, Appraisal Institute members adhere to a strict Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.