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What are the limitations on an appraisers license and property type?

In addition to the requirements of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), the appraisers license can limit the type of appraisals that an appraiser can perform.  There are also dollar limits if the appraisal is being perform for a federally related transaction or as imposed by the client.  Careful attention should be paid to the credentials of the appraiser and/or appraisal company being hired for each appraisal request.  Following is a table of some of the basic guidelines that should be considered.  


 Property/Report Type

Certified General Appraiser

Certified Residential AppraiserLicensed Residential Appraiser
Appraiser Trainee
Real Estate Broker/Agent

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Residential* < $250,000      
Residential* = $250,000 to $1,000,000
Residential* > $1,000,000
Single Family Home

Condominium Unit
2-4 Family Building   

FHA/HUD Appraisal
VA Appraisal
REO Appraisal
Mixed Use Property
Commercial Use
Office Building
Office Condo     
Strip Retail Center
Industrial Use
Manufacturing Use
Apartment Complex
   = Permitted, provided the appraiser complies with USPAP, including the Competency Provision.  
   = Permitted when being trained and supervised by a certified or licensed appraiser..
  = Not Permitted, to perform appraisal type or use, unless supervised by a qualified appraiser.  
  = Not permitted to perform this type of appraisal or use.  
  = These are the transactions limits for federal related transactions. 
  ** = Effective October 2009, a Licensed Residential Appraiser will no longer be able to perform FHA/HUD appraisals. 

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