Appraisers’ Voice Just Got Louder

Merger of NAIFA & ASA to Strengthen Appraisers - Appraisers' Voice Just Got Louder

ASA and NAIFA Agree to Move Forward with Merger Consideration

The American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the original multidisciplinary valuation society, and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA), the leading voice for independent professional real estate appraisers, announced on April 18, 2017, they have reached an agreement to move forward with a Memorandum of Understanding leading to the merger of NAIFA with ASA. Boards for both organizations will provide details to their memberships in upcoming weeks for final consideration and approval.

The merger will add to ASA’s nearly 5,000 multidiscipline credentialed valuation professionals in over 75 countries and 63 chapters throughout the world and create one of the largest networks of U.S. professional real estate appraisers.

Jim Hirt, Chief Executive Officer of ASA, Pam O’Brien, NAIFA EVP, as well as the members of the respective task forces, will be overseeing the integration of the two organizations’ product and service offerings, and ensure a united transition experience. NAIFA members will have greater access to leading professional development, accreditation and government relations programs, while ASA members will have a larger pool of experienced experts for networking, referrals or review services. Consumers, businesses or government agencies who order appraisal services will also benefit by the added number of credentialed professionals to ASA’s free “Find an Appraiser” Referral System.

“This is a natural fit and the as our two organizations complement one another perfectly and will only serve to strengthen our mutual commitment to our members and the appraisal profession as well as our service to the public,” said NAIFA President, David Doering. “NAIFA’s and ASA’s commitment and ongoing efforts to raise standards and better the appraisal profession is a long-standing passion of our members and a notable part of both of our organization’s history.”

ASA’s International President, Susan Golashovsky added further saying, “Today marks the start of a new chapter for ASA and NAIFA on our continued quest to be recognized and respected around the world for the integrity and appraisal expertise of our members.”

American Society of Appraisers
The American Society of Appraisers is a world renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession. As the oldest and only major appraisal organization representing all appraisal specialists, ASA is devoted to providing the highest possible standards in all areas of ethics, professionalism, education and designation criteria. For more information about the American Society of Appraisers, the ASA designation program for appraisers or the Society’s free “Find an Appraiser” Referral System, visit or call (800) 272-8258.

National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers
The National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers is an association of professional real estate appraisers committed to the support of its members, for a service of trust and integrity that benefits the members, the profession, and the general public. For more information about the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, visit or call (312) 321-6830.

VaCAP Board
VaCAP Board

VaCAP Board

Coalition of individual appraisers working together to unite, promote and protect the collective interests of all appraisal professionals in Virginia; to promote needed changes in laws, rules, regulations, policies and standards affecting all appraisers in Virginia; to observe and report the actions of regulatory, legislative, oversight, and standards-setting entities of the Commonwealth.

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8 Responses

  1. Mark Skapinetz on Facebook Mark Skapinetz on Facebook says:

    This is overall good news. Let’s just see if they actually do anything to help the residential appraisers. Help get appraisers paid, off black lists, fight AMCS and help make changes. I’m not a member however I am of another organization.

  2. Avatar Aaron Wills says:

    This is big ! This could be extremly benificial to the consumer, the future of the indepent fee appraiser, thousands of small buisnesses across the country, and true appraiser indepence Not the kind AMC’s like to reference in their letter of engagements. Sign me up !!!

  3. Avatar Jack Of All Trades says:

    Hopefully just hopefully something positive comes out of this.

  4. Retired Appraiser Retired Appraiser says:

    Wake me when it’s over guys.

    • Baggins - I ran out of money! Baggins - I ran out of money! says:

      What just happened?  More changes?  By the year 2025 rolls around, Skynet in a partnership with corelogic will utilize automated valuation technology to value every home standing.  If your home does not contain a sufficient quantity of ‘green’ cellulose material, you’ll be stamped obsolete and shipped off to a valuation development reform camp.  There you can learn the benefits of redirecting what is otherwise landfill material, directly into your attic and walls.  You must recognize this as a green benefit or you will be deemed incompetent.  Do not ask about stand alone solar, you must be tied into the grid for solar to be creditable.

  5. Retired Appraiser Retired Appraiser says:

    I predict that by the year 2525 all 1,295 appraisal organizations and coalitions will ban together to work towards accomplishing something.  Meanwhile; by the year 2025 AVMs take it’s first big step in capturing the industry.

  6. Retired Appraiser Retired Appraiser says:

    My Suggestion


  7. This is outstanding news! The ASA (in California and elsewhere) has repeatedly demonstrated willingness and ability to work with others in the furtherance of our profession; or to oppose legislation (AB 624 & SB 70) that damages it.

    The American Guild of Appraisers looks forward to working with ASA and it’s new NAIFA members. Congratulations to both for taking such a positive step.


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Appraisers’ Voice Just Got Louder

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