The Appraisal Institute is a global association of professional real estate appraisers, with nearly 25,000 members, candidates, practicing affiliates, and affiliates as well as 91 chapters throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Those who join the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA and SRA designations.
The Houston Chapter began in 1944. Selected as the "Outstanding Overall Large Chapter" in 2007, we are one of the leading chapters of the Appraisal Institute. Our growth mirrors that of the dynamic Houston market area which has grown from 44,633 in 1900 to the fourth largest city in the United States with a current city population of 2.2 million and a metropolitan area population of 5.7 million.
What We Offer
The Appraisal Institute is the acknowledged worldwide leader in residential and commercial real estate appraisal education. Its extensive curriculum of courses and specialty seminars provides a well-rounded education in valuation methodology for both the novice and seasoned practitioner. As the world’s largest publisher of real estate appraisal literature, the Appraisal Institute offers a wide range of books and other materials on subjects ranging from basic valuation theory and techniques to advanced applications. It also publishes two quarterly periodicals, The Appraisal Journal and Valuation magazine.
Those who join the Appraisal Institute also have access to a variety of benefits, including insurance programs, data resources and tools, and related business materials. The Appraisal Institute also houses the Lum Library, which provides support for the research needs of members, candidates, practicing affiliates, and affiliates as well as the profession at large. Furthermore, he Appraisal Institute is active in advocacy efforts on behalf of those who have joined and the appraisal industry as a whole. Primarily through its External Affairs office in Washington, D.C., the organization communicates regularly with legislators and regulators to encourage the adoption of appraisal policies that best serve the public interest.