Member, The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council

The Maryland Association of Appraisers, Inc. (MAA) was founded in 1974 to promote a higher standard of professionalism in the appraisal industry and to provide a unified body representing appraisers in the political arena. It provides an opportunity to share appraisal profession information and accepted techniques as well as build a network of associates with expertise in various regions of the state. All full member appraisers are licensed or certified.

The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA) resulted in an even greater need for a viable LOCAL organization, one which responds to the requirements of its membership to provide educational opportunities and a clearinghouse of industry wide information

A well established oranization, the Maryland Association is the largest provider of educational courses in Maryland, offers Errors and Omissions Insurance, Health Insurance, and Pre-paid legal and Identity Theft Protection, sends timely broadcast e-mails on breaking news and other highly relevant topics of interest, and offers, at the State level, the voice and influence in appraisal matters that the various national organizations exert at the Federal level.

 Why Join? The Many Benefits of Belonging To A Professional Appraisal Organization


Many appraisers may wonder whether there is real value in belonging to a state or national professional association. Those who don't stay connected expose themselves to increased liability, and jeopardize the very public they serve. It is clear that a growing number of appraisers share the idea that belonging to an organization like MAA is not only worthwhile but essential in today's rapidly changing world in protecting and maintaining your livelihood and professionalism. 


MAA Membership - The Time IS Right!


The Maryland Association of Appraisers (MAA) has a long history of dedication to professionalism and education and has been an active member of the Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council in excess of 21 years.  As a professional appraiser and member of MAA you will be adding your voice to the growing list of appraisers who wish to elevate themselves from being viewed as a trade to that of a Profession. 


Why Join MAA?


These important professional services are available ONLY to members:  


> Professional Assistance - answers to your specific questions regarding all aspects of your professional life, such as educational requirements, USPAP questions, and even guidance on tackling an unusual or difficult appraisal issue. ---- There is no fee for this assistance!  


> Unified Political Voice - Active participation in the legislative and regulatory process to serve the needs of our members and that of our profession is a major objective.  We work closely with members of the legislature as well as the Maryland Real Estate Appraisers Commission addressing issues such as Trainee criteria and supervision, peer review and investigation of complaints, strengthening the effectiveness of the Commission through self-funding, AMC regulation, and stronger licensing requirements.


Recently, we have been working together with many other professional state appraisal organizations and coalitions from around the country to make our voices and concerns heard in Washington, D.C. , such as Fannie Mae's "Black Listing" policy and Dodd Frank's intent on customary and reasonable fees.   


> Approved Continuing and Qualifying Education Courses - MAA is the largest approved course provider in Maryland and the surrounding states for both pre-certification/licensing and continuing education and has conducted numerous classes at regular intervals since 1991. Taught by instructors with specialized knowledge and expertise, we currently have more than 85 different courses approved (many are also approved for Realtor CE), covering a wide variety of subjects to meet the ever-changing educational needs of our members, including "Green Valuation" and UAD reporting requirements. As a member, appraisers enjoy significant savings for their qualifying and continuing educational needs.


> E&O, Homeowners, Auto, Healthcare, Identity Theft, and Pre-paid Legal Services -- Many of our Association members have expressed the need to have other options to secure health insurance. As we know too well, this often is a difficult task for small independent businesses and sole practitioners. Additionally, other benefits and services typically reserved for larger businesses may seem "out of the question" for small business enterprises.


MAA has made available an extensive array of healthcare, E&O, auto, homeownmers, and other insurance and financial products, including identity theft and prepaid legal services that are offered on a highly personalized level to our members. A team of experienced professionals is available to our members for a coordinated appproach that will assure that, as a member, your insurance and financial needs and goals are appropriately addressed.


>Community Partnership with a la mode - One of Maryland association of Appraiser's goals is to bring our appraisers meaningful resources that will positiely impact day to day business and profitability. To that end, we're excited to announce our partnership with a la mode, one of the country's leading appraisal software companies.


> Information Dissemination - Through timely broadcast e-mails and other publications we disseminate members only access to legislative updates, news, changes in requirements, FHA, VA, & GSE updates, employment opportunities, useful links, frequently asked questions, etc.



Won’t you consider joining us? Join the growing number of appraisers who wish to elevate themselves from being viewed as a trade to that of a profession! Together, we continue to make a significant and positive difference!

For information regarding membership in the Maryland Association please call 443 371-7586 or you may E-mail our Membership Chairman, Walter Lears at  You may also join online.

Beth L. Riedel, Certified General Real Estate Appraiser

P.O. Box 774, North East, MD 21901 | (443) 371-7586 |