Bureaucracy usually runs the real estate world, but Ohio is fortunate. For instance, a well-organized and highly competent Ohio Appraisal Board manages real estate appraisal issues. This entity is part of the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing, which is a division of the Ohio Department of Commerce.
Because one of the busier aspects of the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing involves appraisals, from becoming an appraiser to filing complaints, let’s start there.
First and foremost, the OH Appraisal Board oversees all aspects of the appraiser application process, whether you’re looking to become a Real Estate Appraiser Assistant or upgrade to a Licensed Residential Appraiser, Certified Residential Appraiser, or a Certified General Appraiser. There are specific educational, experience, and exam requirements set for each level, decided by this division.
While no experience is required to get your start as a commercial real estate appraisal assistant, there is quite a bit of work required to be eligible for an upgrade; you will need 2,000-3,000 hours of relevant experience before you can upgrade and complete a slew of educational requirements such as report writing and case studies, market analysis, finance and statistics courses, related electives, and much more.
The application process doesn’t stop with educational and experience requirements. There is a stringent background process conducted by the Ohio Appraisal Board, which needs to be completed before you can become a Real Estate Appraiser Assistant or upgrade to another level of an appraiser. It is important to note that throughout the process there will be fees to pay, each listed on the documents you’ll have to submit.
The Ohio Appraisal Board isn’t just there to oversee the people getting their appraisal licensing; it also is there to serve those who need to file a complaint.
The division accepts complaints in writing via a form, with the opportunity for an informal meeting to follow, which allows for a resolution to be reached and gather information from both sides of the complaint. From there, the division can conduct an investigation of the complaint, submit what information was gathered, and determine if a violation occurred.
If the conclusion is that no violation took place, then there will be no action to take; however, if one did occur, then a formal hearing is the next step. During this hearing, charges may be filed, copies of the report are distributed to both parties, and objections can be submitted within 10 days. An examiner, who is an attorney, will take everything into consideration and provide a recommendation; a board will then decide whether or not to seek disciplinary action in the matter.
The Robert Weiler Company’s services don’t just stop with assisting you with your next appraisal; we’re here to be a source of news and information, as well – keeping you up-to-date with what’s going on with Columbus real estate. With regard to appraisals, we have a strong relationship with the Ohio Appraisal Board; we are fully licensed and certified. Call us at 614-221-4286 to set up an appraisal appointment today.