A part of the the Missouri Auction School, The Certified Appraisers Guild of America is an accrediting organization providing certification of personal property appraisers. The Guild has been instrumental in helping to standardize the personal property appraisal profession. The members of the Certified Appraisers Guild form a network of valuable appraisal contacts throughout the United States and Canada.
Each member is required to attend professional training and pass a comprehensive exam before becoming certified. No one is allowed to be a member of the Certified Appraisers Guild of America without completing the certification program. There are no 'grandfathered' or 'Associate' members that have not completed the training and exam. Each member has completed the course work required to be certified by the Guild.
The training each member is required to complete, includes the uniform standards of personal property appraisal practice and appraisal report writing. Special areas of emphasis in training include Internal Revenue Service appraisal requirements, estate and gift appraisals, charitable donation appraisals, bankruptcy appraisals, insurance appraisals, appraisals for divorce, and casualty loss appraisals. In addition, each member is required to attend our courtroom expert witness seminar with special emphasis on appraisals for courts and testifying in court.
The Certified Appraisers Guild of America confers the professional membership designation CAGA to recognize the completion of the appraiser's certification education. Members are professionals who have completed the certification process. In addition, the members have made a commitment to the Certified Appraisers Guild's Code of Professional Ethics and to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
With the government, courts, judges, banks, attorneys, accountants, insurance representatives and other professionals examining more closely the personal property appraisal report, it is important to know what to expect from a professional personal property appraisal report.
Here are a few points that a professional report should have:
A complete and accurate description of the property
Analysis of the factors affecting value reflecting the appraiser's research in accordance with the standards required by government authorities.
A definition of value appropriate to the type of appraisal
A value for the property appraised substantiated by the report analysis
The appraiser's qualification page
The appraiser's signature
The appraiser's statement that the appraiser does not have a financial interest in the property
You should confirm with the appraiser that the appraiser's report can be defended in court if needed
NOTE: We are NOT the CAGA.
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Do NOT contact us for information on the CAGA. Contact the Certified Appraisers Guild of America for information regarding the CAGA.
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