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What is USPAP?

What is USPAP

The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) is the generally recognized ethical and performance standards for the appraisal profession in the United States. Published by the Appraisal Foundation and the Appraisal Standards Board, USPAP was adopted by Congress in 1989, and contains standards for all types of appraisal services, including real estate, personal property, business and mass appraisal. USPAP is updated every two years so that appraisers have the information they need to deliver unbiased and thoughtful opinions of value. Although voluntary for personal property appraisers, all members of the International Society of Appraisers must be USPAP compliant per membership requirements.

Standards & Rules

USPAP has two Standards directly related to the appraisal of personal property:

  • Standard 7: personal property appraisal, development

  • Standard 8: personal property appraisal, reporting

In addition to the Standards, USPAP has four Rules addressing the professional behavior of appraisers:

  • Ethics Rule

  • Record Keeping Rule

  • Competency Rule

  • Scope of Work Rule

What does being USPAP compliant mean?

To be USPAP compliant, an appraiser has pledged to follow the regulations as dictated by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. For USPAP compliance, an appraiser must successfully complete a fifteen-hour course with a written exam. Appraisers are then required to take the seven-hour update course every two years to remain current.

Why is it important to hire a USPAP compliant appraiser?

USPAP ensures that the client’s interests are protected. Appraisers that are USPAP compliant will, among other things, include a signed certification of impartiality and non-bias in the appraisal report, never charge an appraisal fee contingent on the appraised value, meet the competency requirements, and prepare and retain a detailed work file.

Read more about USPAP from the Appraisal Foundation here

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