SOURCE: Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute

August 14, 2013 09:00 ET

Appraiser Trainee Hiring to Remain Weak: Appraisal Institute Survey

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - August 14, 2013) -  Hiring of appraiser trainees will remain weak for the next one to two years, according to a recent survey conducted by the Appraisal Institute, the nation's largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

About one-fifth (21 percent) of commercial appraisers said they would add full-time trainees; fewer than one-tenth (9 percent) of residential appraisers said they would do so, according to the survey of U.S. real estate valuation professionals conducted in May-June. Commercial appraisers account for less than one-third of practicing U.S. appraisers.

"Recruiting the next generation of appraisers is a priority for the Appraisal Institute, and we continue to enhance our partnerships with six universities to offer credits toward an MAI designation," said Appraisal Institute President Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA.

According to the survey, 93 percent of the residential appraisers who employ trainees employ one to three; only 7 percent employ four or more. Comparatively, 21 percent of commercial appraisers who retain trainees employ four or more.

Additional survey results include:

  • Forty-nine percent of commercial appraisers and 29 percent of residential appraisers said they employed one or more full-time appraiser trainees in the past 12 months.
  • Strong majorities of commercial appraisers (75 percent) and residential appraisers (80 percent) said the number of trainees they retained in the past 12 months did not change. A total of 14 percent of commercial appraisers said the number of trainees retained increased over the past 12 months; only 5 percent of residential appraisers hired more trainees.
  • Significant majorities of commercial appraisers (59 percent) and residential appraisers (67 percent) said the number of trainees retained in the next one to two years would not change. About one-fifth (20 percent) of commercial appraisers said they would decrease or were not sure how the number of trainees would change. Nearly one-fourth (24 percent) of residential appraisers were of the same opinion.

The online survey polled 591 real estate valuation professionals May 31-June 17. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.

View the highlights of the survey results.

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The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of real estate appraisers, with nearly 23,000 professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Individuals of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA and SRA designations. Learn more at

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    Ken Chitester
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    O 312-335-4290
    C 312-351-2818

    Appraisal Institute
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    Chicago, IL 60606