Do you still remember when you had to clean up the front porch after inviting guests? The 6-year-old made a witch costume with the broom, but it was forgotten about in town on Halloween night. Instead, you used a shovel.

Or the time when you needed a spade to dig out a hole for your 3-year-old goldfish. It was a bargain at the local marketplace, but it snapped in half just before it hit the ground.

As an analogy, choosing a Brooklyn Real Estate Appraiser is like choosing a tool. Although you may be able to get by with one that isn’t right for the job, it won’t be as effective and as reliable as what you need. It’s also possible to go cheap with no results.

You may need an appraiser to help you assess the value of your property.

Not all appraisers are created equal. To find the best appraiser, it is essential to understand the “3Cs” (classification of competency, cause, and classification).


In order to be an appraiser, a person must have a valid license or certification. The federal minimum education and experience requirements have been established. However, licenses are determined by each state.

An appraiser must meet the minimum educational and experience requirements. They also need to be licensed or certified by their state.

You should ensure that an appraiser is licensed in your state before you hire them. This is not where you or your appraiser reside. An appraisal professional could face legal action if they do not have a license.

Appraisers in every state have different classifications, depending on their education, experience, level, and property type. Appraisers are also required to meet certain requirements by the federal government. This is especially true when dealings are federally regulated.

A lender might be involved. These restrictions apply to the complexity, property type, value, and responsibility that each appraisal classification can take on.

Appraisers can have different titles depending on where they are located, but generally, they fall into one of four categories: licensed appraisers, certified residential appraisers, certified apprentice appraisers, certified general appraisers, or certified appraiser. Each level requires more education and experience as well as more challenging examinations.

Apprentice appraisers (also known as trainees) are novices who have completed 75 hours in introductory appraiser education. They will need to work under an appraiser in order to get the experience they need to be able work on their own.

While apprentice appraisers have a lot of knowledge, they don’t have enough experience or coursework to legally take on any assignment. All work must be approved by an appraiser licensed or certified.

A Brooklyn Real Estate appraiser must have completed 150 hours of education, and at least 2,000 hours work experience in a minimum one year. A high school diploma is required for appraisers.

A Brooklyn Real Estate appraiser licensed can sign off for any residential property that has up to four units and a value of less than $1,000,000 or $250,000 for complex properties.

A certified residential appraiser is essentially a licensed appraiser with fewer restrictions. They are not licensed to appraise residential properties. But, the additional 50 hours and 500 hours of experience they have gained as licensed appraisers over at least five year (along with college coursework requirements) allows them to assess any residential property that has four units.

The certified general is the fourth most reliable classification of appraisal. The fourth most robust classification in appraisal is the certified general. They are authorized to appraise any property regardless of its value. For general appraisal certification, you must have completed 300 hours of education in appraisal and accumulated at least 3000 hours of work experience over a minimum 18-month period. The minimum of half of these hours must be spent on nonresidential properties.

For general classification certification, an applicant must have a minimum bachelor’s degree from an authorized college or university.


You may be thinking “Wow! You’re correct. There are many property types that one person can appraise. We now reach the second C.

An appraisal certificate does not automatically make you an appraiser. You will need to research your options when searching for an appraiser.

Appraisers need to be competent in valuing property properties before being assigned. Competency has many components. It is important to find an appraiser who is qualified to appraise your property. It is crucial to be able ask the right questions, and ensure that they answer them.

It is important to know the markets in which properties trade, and where they are located. It can be almost impossible to identify the correct use of the property. This makes it difficult to make a reasonable appraisal.

An appraiser must also know the type of buyer who is interested in particular types of property.


There are many reasons why an appraisal may be required. It doesn’t matter if you need it for a loan, to establish a value base in estate planning, or to determine the value of the conservation easement you just donated.

This is closely related to competency. Appraisers may specialize in certain types of appraisals and may not be capable of handling your specific needs.


A wrong appraiser can cost you money and time. You need to give this process much thought. It is possible to eliminate uncertainty by using the “3 Cs”, which are to seek the correct classification, competences and sufficient experience in your area of need for the appraisal.