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.
Recently, we have been working together with a network of other professional state appraisal organizations and coalitions from around the country (currently 28 and growing) to make our voices and concerns heard in Washington, D.C. Our recent endeavors include Fannie Mae’s “Black Listing” and other recent policy changes, including the implementation of CU that have the potential for long term unintended consequences, we responded to a request from the Federal Agencies and the Consumer Affairs Financial Protection Bureau on proposed Federal AMC regulations and commented on the issue of Dodd Frank’s intent on customary and reasonable fees. Federal Agencies deal with congress all the time and they know that signing as individual states means at least 50 senators and countless representatives, which number continues to grow as additional states combine efforts to implement change. Our joint intent going forward is to continue to weigh in with both the Federal Finance Housing Agency (FHFA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on other significant issues impacting the appraisal profession. Last Fall, we were hosted by the National Association of Realtors at their D.C. Headquarters where we had an opportunity to meet with the Mortgage Bankers Association where real progress is being made in effectively addressing the many problems that are putting their members and the public at risk and most recently we sent a letter to the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, with copies to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, opposing the potential raising of the de minimus level – the threshold above which mortgage loans require a USPAP-compliant appraisal prepared by a licensed or certified appraiser.
> 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. 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