MAA Membership - The Time IS Right!
The Maryland Association of Appraisers (MAA) has a long history of dedication to professionalism and education and has been an active member of the Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council in excess of 21 years. As a professional appraiser and member of MAA you will be adding your voice to the growing list of appraisers who wish to elevate themselves from being viewed as a trade to that of a Profession.
For less than the cost of a single residential appraisal, The Maryland Association offers its members:
These important professional services are available ONLY to members:
> Professional Assistance - answers to your specific questions regarding all aspects of your professional life, such as educational requirements, USPAP questions, and even guidance on tackling an unusual or difficult appraisal issue. ---- There is no fee for this assistance!
> Unified Political Voice - We are active participants in the legislative and regulatory process to serve the needs of our members and that of our profession as a major objective. We have had a long-standing relationship with The Appraisal Foundation www.appraisalfoundation.org in Washington, DC, which by Congressional mandate sets the licensing and ethical standards for real estate appraisers nationwide. Our appointment to The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council, with direct input to the Appraisal Standards Board (which wrote and maintains the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, or USPAP) and the Appraiser Qualifications Board (which establishes the minimum educational and experience requirements to be followed by the state licensing programs), was a significant achievement. In addition, MAA is a founding member of the Maryland Appraisers Coalition, comprised of the local chapters of the major professional appraiser organizations, and maintains a presence in Annapolis. We have been very active in advocating and supporting appraisal legislation and regulations to enhance the image of our profession. We work closely with members of the legislature as well as the Maryland Real Estate Appraisers Commission addressing issues such as Trainee criteria and supervision, peer review and investigation of complaints, strengthening the effectiveness of the Commission through self-funding, AMC regulation, and stronger licensing requirements.
MAA is a founding member of the Network of State Appraisal Organizations - now 31 and continuing to grow - those in the position to make change at the Federal level now want to meet with those of us affected by these rapidly changing policies and regulations - the working professional field appraisers that deal every day with borrowers, lender requirements, and regulations - addressing increasing concerns and growing liability of those products and decisions that put the future of our profession and the public at substantially greater risk.
> Approved Continuing and Qualifying Education Courses - The Maryland Association is the largest in-state course provider in Maryland and the surrounding states for approved pre-certification/ licensing and continuing education and has conducted numerous classes continuously since 1991. Taught by instructors with specialized knowledge and expertise, we continue to develop new and timely courses relevant to our changing profession and currently have in excess of 85 different courses approved (many are also approved for Realtor CE), covering a wide variety of subjects to meet the ever-changing educational needs of our members, including “green” valuation and UAD reporting requirements, and most recently began offering virtual classroom qualifying and continuing education featuring live interaction with the instructor and other particiapants. We also offer the nationally recognized AGA (Accredited Green Appraiser) designation through Earth Advantage. As a member, appraisers enjoy significant savings for their qualifying and continuing educational needs.
> E&O, Homeowners, Auto, Supplemental, long term, and disability Healthcare Insurance, Identity Theft, and Pre-paid Legal Services -- Many of our Association members have expressed the need to have other options to secure health insurance. As we know too well, this often is a difficult task for small independent businesses and sole practitioners. Additionally, other benefits and services typically reserved for larger businesses may seem "out of the question" for small business enterprises.
MAA has made available an extensive array of healthcare, E&O, auto, homeowners, and other insurance and financial products, including identity theft and pre-paid legal services that are offered on a highly personalized level to our members. A team of experienced professionals is available to our members for a coordinated approach that will assure that, as a member, your insurance and financial needs and goals are appropriately addressed.
> Community Partnership with a la mode and Datamaster - One of the Maryland Association’s goals is to bring our appraisers meaningful resources that will positively impact day to day business and profitability. To that end, we’re excited to announce our partnership with a la mode, one of the country’s leading appraisal software companies and Datamaster, the leading data import software for residential appraisers that can save you up to 60 minutes per report.
> Information Dissemination - Through timely broadcast e-mails and other publications we disseminate members only access to legislative updates, news, changes in requirements, FHA, VA, & GSE updates, employment opportunities, useful links, frequently asked questions, etc.
Won't you consider joining us? We sincerely appreciate your membership and welcome you as professionals. Together, we can, and are, making a significant and positive diffetence!
Print out the application by clicking this link, fill it out, and mail it along with a copy of your license or certificate (if applicable). Please pay online by clicking this link and scrolling to the bottom [December] of the Registration page. You may also pay by check. Please call our office at 443-371-7586.
P.O. Box 774
North East, Maryland 21901
Increase your visibility - An optional hyperlink from the MAA "Find an appraiser" database direct to your website is available for an additional $10.00/year. Please complete that section of the application and submit along with your completed form. The hyerlink may also be paid on-line by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Renewing your dues? Pay online quickly and easily . Click here and scroll down to the bottom [December] of the Registration page.Complete the renewal form and return to MAA.
Reduced Dues - MAA Trainee Module Students and Licensed Trainees
Licensed Trainees and students attending the MAA Trainee Module will receive reduced Membership dues as long as they are trainees. Please call the MAA office and start enjoying significant savings on all of your education through MAA today!
Applications may be mailed, e-mailed, or faxed to 443 371-7586. In addition to checks, we accept Mastercard and Visa. If paying by mail, complete and submit the credit card authorization form or pay online by clicking this link and scolling to the bottom of the page.
If you still have questions, please E-mail us and request an informational packet be mailed to you or call (443) 371-7586. We sincerely look forward to hearing from you and having you as a part of our Association.