Appraisers Corner: FAQs About Appraising

Appraisers Corner answers common questions about appraisers and appraisals in a Q&A format written in everyday language.

The Categories

We’ve organized the questions into seven categories.

The Questions

Appraisers Corner: Q&A

Questions & Answers About Appraisals & Appraisers

Most of the questions are in the General category. These are the questions that apply to all appraisers no matter what they appraise. Some of the questions are in the five categories — Business Valuation, Gems & Jewelry, Machinery & Technical, Personal Property and Real Estate — which get their names from the type of property being appraised. A few questions, in the Professional category, are about the appraisal profession.

The Sources

The questions come mostly from consumers, with those in the Professional category coming from appraisers about their own industry. The answers come from appraisers, assessors, right of way professionals, business valuation experts, appraisal membership organizations and state license boards.

Our Contribution

Wherever possible, we’ve rewritten the answers to make them as clear and direct as possible. We’ve honed true to the meaning while stripping away the jargon. We hope you find this helpful.

If we haven’t answered your question about appraising here, please send it in. We’d be happy to hear from you.