What Does it Take to Become an Ohio Property Appraiser?
If you’re in the market for real estate — whether it’s looking to buy or sell — you will likely need the assistance of an Ohio property appraiser. But how can you determine if the appraiser is competent to do their job correctly? How does a person actually go about obtaining a degree and career in appraisal? And can you trust that he or she will provide you with the most accurate assessment of your real estate? Simply put… what makes the appraiser qualified? Once you understand the amount of effort and work that goes into getting a license, you’ll understand the requirements and knowledge needed to just get started in this field.
The very first requirement for an Ohio property appraiser is that they must be 18 years of age. Not really a problem there, nor is it that they have to demonstrate that they are ‘honest, truthful, and of good reputation.’ Those are the easy parts for most people.
Now comes the difficult part. In order to become an Ohio property appraiser, one must complete a specific amount of experience hours during a certain period of time. This is not something that can be accomplished over a weekend; it’s much more difficult and time-consuming. In order to be a “State-Certified Real Estate Appraiser’ in Ohio, they must have completed 2,500 hours of experience over the course of a minimum of two years. That’s before they can even file for an application.
In addition, there is also an educational requirement. Becoming an Ohio property appraiser requires that you complete a number of courses at an institution of higher learning. Overall, the completion of ninety-three credits is required at whichever school is decided upon. Seventy-five of those credits must be in classes that involve classroom time, studying specific aspects of property appraisal; and no fewer than three of them must be in a class specifically about federal, state, and local fair housing laws. Another fifteen hours must be dedicated to classes about appraisal standards and provisions of the Ohio Revised Code, just to be safe. It goes without saying that a passing grade is required.
Upon meeting the requirements listed above, an application can be submitted to the Ohio Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing. The application must meet the following criteria:
- Black ink must be used to fill out the application.
- A headshot must be included (i.e., a photo of the applicant’s face).
- The application fee must be enclosed.
- Copies of the applicant’s transcripts must accompany the application, along with certificates stating that the requirements of being an Ohio property appraiser have been met.
If the application is accepted, a test is then scheduled, which will determine whether a state license will be provided.
Find a Qualified Ohio Property Appraiser
It’s pretty clear that obtaining an appraisal license in the state of Ohio, to appraise Ohio real estate, is no small feat. And the professionals who do obtain a license have demonstrated that they are not only dedicated, but also highly educated in all aspects of the job. Being a qualified appraiser is not only determined by the education that is received by school. It takes continued education, along with many decades of field experience, to become an expert Ohio property appraiser.
Since 1938, The Robert Weiler Company has been a leader in commercial real estate and commercial appraisal services in Ohio. Call us at 614-221-4286 to speak with a qualified Ohio property appraiser today. Find out how we can help you achieve maximum ROi on your property.