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, 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.
> Information Dissemination - Through timely broadcast e-mails and other publications we disseminate legislative and professional news and other highly relevant topics of interest affecting appraisers at both the state and federal levels.