Resources for Agents

Automated Valuation Models (AVMs): FAQs for Agents - Frequently Asked Questions of the National Association of REALTORS® that will help you provide guidance to your clients about the valuation process, including a downloadable tri-fold brochure.

Residential Appraisal Process - FAQs for Agents - Frequently asked questions of the National Association of REALTORS® that will help you provide guidance to your clients about the appraisal process, including a downloadable tri-fold brochure. 

Guide: Understanding a Residential Appraisal - A co-branded brochure from The Appraisal Foundation and the National Association of REALTORS® helping clients understand the residential appraisal process. 

Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home Buying Process
An infographic outlining common myths about the appraisal process among lenders, borrowers, real estate brokers, and homebuilders.

Webinar: Changes to Code of Ethics that Affect BPOs
A recorded webinar outlining updates to the Code of Ethics with information on how it affects BPOs. 

Legal Information

Understanding the Appraiser Regulatory System - A video series from The Appraisal Foundation outlining and explaining the elements of appraiser regulation.

Free Appraisal Requirement Information - A summary from the CFPB of the disclosure and delivery requirements for copies of appraisals and other written valuations under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (Regulation B). 

Seller and Servicer Guides - A list compiled by NAR to help you navigate the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Seller/Servicer guides. 

The Historical Development of the Appraiser Regulatory System - A timeline developed by The Appraisal Foundation.

References and Toolkits

Valuation Matrix - Use this matrix for an explanation of the four most common valuation services used for real property transactions.

NAR's Green REsource Council Appraisal Links - Discover information on appraised value and energy efficiency, solar PV systems, directions for buyers, lender letter, and more. 

Green MLS Toolkit - A "green" Multiple Listing Service (MLS) system offers data entry fields to identify green features and certifications. This helps agents search for sustainable homes and properties, and allows builders and sellers to market their green endeavors.

Green MLS Implementation Guide - This guide, as well as the updated Green MLS Toolkit, provides a resource for consistent, "RETS-compliant" green fields in which to reflect the growing availability of high performance homes. The NAR Green REsource Council worked with the RESO Data Dictionary Working Group to produce these resources. 

Topic: Appraising a Real Estate Office - Whether you own a real estate firm or are thinking of buying or selling one, it's important to know what the business is worth. These articles and studies can provide some insight into determining the value of a real estate firm and its assets.

Factsheet: USPAP Flexibility - Some appraisers may not be aware of the inherent flexibility built into the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This factsheet from The Appraisal Foundation provides examples of such flexibility.