Why Choose Us
The ASA Appraiser - Your Choice for Valuation Expertise
When you hire a firm led by ASA-educated appraisers, you are assured the best valuation expertise on the market, because these professionals bring documented experience, knowledge of the market and industry, and a solid reputation to the job.
Education and Experience
Each designated member of the American Society of Appraisers has earned a professional designation in one or more appraisal specialties. Such accreditation is predicated on society criteria: intensive written examinations, submission of representative appraisal reports and screening of applicant's practice and ethics. With more than two but less than five years experience members may use the professional designation AM (Accredited Member). With five years or more of full time valuation experience, members are granted the right to use the professional designation ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser). All accredited members are required to become reaccredited every five years through a manditory continuing education process. In addition, each candidate for accreditation must have a college degree or its equivalent.
Knowledge of the Industry
To qualify for Accredited Senior Appraiser, an individual must have a minimum of 5 years of full time appraisal experience; of that 5 years, at least 3 years of experience must be in the specialty being examined (or discipline, if specialties do not exist). At least 2 full years of full time appraisal experience is necessary for Accredited Member status; of that 2 years, at least 1.5 years of experience must be in the specialty being examined (or discipline, as the case may be).
As part of the manditory reaccreditation process, designated members are required to submit evidence of professional growth through participation in professional activities and continuing education.
A Solid Reputation
Each individual seeking accreditation from the American Society of Appraisers must furnish professional and personal references and be subject to local credit and background investigations. In addition, local chapters conduct personal interviews and evaluate the practices of all applicants.
One of ASA's primary objectives is to insure ethical practices and procedures on the part of its members. The society is diligent in its efforts to strengthen and uphold the Principles of Appraisal Practice and Code of Ethics in order to protect the client.
ASA has developed a mechanism for the enforcement of the Code of Ethics whereby clients may file written complaints directly with the International Headquarters of the American Society of Appraisers if they feel that an appraisal rendered by an ASA member violates sound professional practice. ASA has permanent internal procedures for processing all documented grievances, assuring due process. Sanctions against members, if found to be in violation of the Code of Ethics, range from censure to expulsion with loss of professional designation.