Welcome to the American Guild of Appraisers!
The American Guild of Appraisers is a national organization comprised of Professional Real Estate Appraisers. We are affiliated with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU - a white collar union of professionals) and the AFL-CIO. This association gives us the strength to attack the major issues facing the Real Estate Appraiser today and can provide great benefits to our members.
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Affiliation The American Guild of Appraisers is Guild number 44 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, one of the 56 unions of AFL-CIO.
Regions Local expertise, local issues, local action. AGA activities and memberships are organized regionally. Connect with a chapter or concern near you.
Events & Gatherings Local chapter activities, up-coming meetings and events of interest.
Membership Benefits AGA membership is available to licensed and certified appraisers. Many state coalitions are choosing to affiliate with the AGA to increase their lobbying power and to bring additional benefits to their members.
Appraiser speaks out about the AGA Posted January 03, 2019
Being a real estate appraiser can be challenging. We don't advocate for our "clients" which could be a bank, a homeowner or a potential buyer. We advocate for public trust. Yeah, try explaining that to most people who engage you for your services. There are often times when an appraiser performs his or her job correctly that one party may be negatively affected by the outcome. Of course, this is no new story to any of us. Every appraiser has that little voice in the back of their head saying, "it's not if, it's when." When will that certified letter show up for your state board? That's right, somebody filed a formal complaint on you as an appraiser. Of course, this type of thing can happen for many reasons, some of which are warranted, some of which are not. Good news, you don't have to be alone.In mid-2018 I had one of these certified letters show up for the first time in my career. My immediate reaction was stomach sickness, literally. After the initial shock and review of the complaint, I took a breath and started tapping my resources on the best way to handle the situation. I reached out to a few of my peers for guidance and was reminded that I was an active American Guild of Appraisers (AGA) member, the AGA. Once I contacted Jan Bellas ( 301-377-0099 or www.appraisersguild.org) - she very professionally ran me through the motions of what the AGA was going to do for me and how WE were going to handle the complaint. This initial phone conversation was probably the most reassuring thing I have EVER heard in my appraisal career. Once I accepted the help from the AGA I was instructed to send the same information to her (Jan) that the state was requesting. Within a few days the head appraiser of the review committee, Mike Ford, responded with a VERY detailed peer review letter of my appraisal, work file, and complaint associated. I think the best part of working with Mike on my complaint was his brutally honest and matter-of-fact approach. Some of you may know Mike, and if you do, you know what I am talking about. I'm very confident if I were to have been I the wrong, he would have told me. However, he STILL would have been in my corner to help me through my predicament; even if it meant telling me things I didn't want to hear. The good news for me was that I wasn't in the wrong. After only 2 months of the pending complaint being opened, the state notified me that no action against me was going to take place. Those of you that have been through this know what kind of relief comes over one's body when receiving this letter.Ladies and gentlemen, I am not here to sell you on anything. This organization does that on its own. I am merely here to tell my story and how much the AGA made a difference for me. If you have ever been in this situation you may know how alone and stranded you feel. The AGA is not only fighting for the appraiser, they CARE about the appraiser and the appraisal industry. The process of working through my complaint with the AGA was invaluable, educational and REAL. If you are looking to be a part of an organization that has your back or, if you make honest human errors that will work to mitigate 'damage' I highly recommend talking to an AGA representative.(from *.K., TX)