General Appraiser Report Writing & Case Studies provides instruction in effectively communicating a sound analysis of selected parts of a valuation. The course addresses USPAP requirements and the three types of writing most often used in appraisal reports: descriptive, numerical, and analytical. Lectures on writing principles, discussions of various sections of the appraisal report, and writing exercises provide guidance and practice in effective communication of a valuation analysis. Specific assignments include writing a thesis statement, summarizing data, creating effective tables, writing a conclusion, communicating highest and best use, communicating an analysis, writing a letter of transmittal, and writing a reconciliation and opinion of value.
Participants have 45 days from the session start date to complete the course material for this program. This course is completed at the student's own pace. This course has a two-hour multiple-choice examination that focuses on components of good writing.
Do I have to take the course exam?
You are required to complete and pass a proctored offline exam if:
- you are taking this class to meet state qualifying education requirements
- you are taking this class to meet the qualifying education requirements for an Appraisal Institute designation
You may be required to complete and pass a proctored offline exam if:
- you are taking this class to meet state continuing education requirements. Most states do not require the exam for CE credit, but please confirm this with your state licensing board.
You are not required to complete and pass a proctored offline exam if:
You will have 90 days from the time that you complete the course to take the proctored exam. Testing center locations in your area can be found by clicking on this link: www.pearsonvue.com/ai.
- if you are taking this class to meet the continuing education requirements of an Appraisal Institute designation
Note. This course can also be used for MAI education requirements. Click here for details.
Module 1: Introduction to Reports and Report Writing
Module 2: Writing Correctly for Narrative Appraisal Reports
Module 3: Punctuation for Appraisal Reports
Module 4: Planning the Appraisal Report
Module 5: Introduction to Arbour Bridge Case Study
Module 6: Adding Emphasis in Narrative Appraisal Statements
Module 7: Paragraphs for Narrative Appraisal Reports
Module 8: Conclusions for Narrative Appraisal Reports
Module 9: Reporting Numbers, Using Tables, Charts, Graphs, and Other Exhibits in an Appraisal Report
Module 10: Reporting Highest and Best Use in the Arbour Bridge Case Study
Module 11: Introduction to Presenting the Approaches
Module 12: Reporting the Cost Approach in the Arbour Bridge Case Study
Module 13: Reporting the Income Capitalization Approach in the Arbour Bridge Case Study
Module 14: Reporting the Sales Comparison Approach in the Arbour Bridge Case Study
Module 15: Writing Convincing Reconciliations
Module 16: Writing Effective Letters of Transmittal
Module 17: Other Information Appraisers Need to Know about Report Writing
Exam Content Review
AI CE Credit for Designated members, Candidates for Designation and Practicing Affiliates
This program is approved for 1 hour of Appraisal Institute CE credit for every hour taken.