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Real Estate Appraisers

SIC 6531 | NAICS 531320

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, market research and analysis, financial ratios and salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Real Estate Appraisal Services  (view report)
Surveying & Mapping Services  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Working RE Magazine

Quarterly publication provides news and information for appraisers, agents, brokers, and other related professionals, with topics addressed in the appraiser section including fees, appraiser independence, errors and omissions insurance, liability, marketing, technology and software, training, and continuing education. Selected articles from current and prior issues of the magazine are available free online.

Real Estate Brokerage & Management

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

October Research, LLC
Information resources available from this organization include:

Valuation Review
Biweekly print newsletter features news and information for the residential appraisal profession, with special reports including the "State of the Industry Report" which provides an independent look at the current economic and regulatory landscape and the "Voice of the Appraiser" survey which provides a comprehensive look into what is happening in the profession and what to prepare for in the future.

National Appraisal Survey
National survey of certified/licensed residential appraisers provides an analysis of issues affecting the industry, with topics covered in the survey including business practices, impact of automated valuation models, industry pressure on appraisers to reach a certain value, pressure ramifications and remedies, and relationships with realtors, lenders, mortgage brokers, and appraisal management companies.

Voice of the Appraiser
Annual survey provides an in-depth look at business practices in the residential appraisal profession, with topics covered in the survey including typical appraisal fee, number of assignments per month, average turnaround time, residential vs. commercial mix, valuation services provided, other services provided, and marketing activities. Survey is available online as a free download with registration.

Appraisal Institute / Appraisal Foundation
Information resources available from these organizations include:

Appraisal News Online / Residential Update / residential-update
E-newsletters feature news and updates for commercial and residential property appraisers, with topics covered by these newsletters including market trends, commercial and residential properties, mortgage rates, financial news, appraisal standards, and regulatory and legislative developments. Articles from current and archived issues of the newsletters are searchable by topic and can be viewed free online.

Valuation Magazine / digital-editions
Quarterly trade publication features news and information for appraisers and other professionals, with topics addressed in various issues of this publication including industry trends, residential appraising, commercial appraising, valuation insights, business operations, marketing tools, insurance, technology updates and reviews, and investor surveys. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.

The Appraisal Profession / How to Become An Appraiser /
Professional career guides provide an overview of the real property appraisal profession, with topics addressed in these guides including the role of the appraiser, appraiser classifications (e.g., trainee, licensed real property, certified residential real property, and certified general real property appraiser), and minimum education, experience, and certification examination requirements for state licensing.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Real Estate Appraisers  Search for "531320"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Real Estate Appraisal Services
(see links for individual reports)

Financial information section of this report provides an analysis of costs and profits as a percentage of revenue by income and expense category for companies that provide commercial and residential property appraisals and also provide other services such as consulting services, land use and rent studies, risk analysis, litigation consulting, and dispute resolution. Sample report is available online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Real Estate Appraisers and Assessors

Annual employment and wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this occupational category on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with categories for which wage data is reported by industry including industries with the highest levels of employment, industries with the highest concentration of employment, and top paying industries for this occupational category.

PayScale, Inc.
Real Estate Appraisal

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage rate data for selected job positions in this service sector, with job positions for which salary or hourly compensation data is provided including appraisal manager, certified general appraiser, commercial property appraiser, residential property appraiser, appraiser trainee, office manager, bookkeeper, and accounting/administrative assistant.

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