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The importance of the IFA designation

 (National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers)

Our Chief Appraiser is a Designated Member of the NAIFA.

Designated Appraisers have chosen to set themselves above their peers of Licensed and Certified Appraisers. Because of its rigorous education and experience requirements and commitment to adhere to strict industry standards and a professional code of ethics, you can be confident an appraiser with an IFA - Member designation will provide you with the very highest quality residential appraisal service.

IFA – Member is a designation conferred to a residential appraisal specialist who is a Member of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA). 

NAIFA was founded in 1961 as a nonprofit professional association of real estate appraisers.  Today, NAIFA has chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.  The Association’s objectives are to raise the standards of the appraisal profession, gain recognition for its members as qualified professionals, and to promote fellowship among appraisers.  There are seven [7] levels of membership with four [4] professional designations plus two [2] designation programs for designated members of other associations that sponsor The Appraisal Foundation.

IFA designates must be a member of NAIFA and must meet the following requirements for IFA – Member status:


  • Receive a passing grade on the IFA member examination (examination can be waived if you submit proof of having residential state certification. 
  • Complete a minimum of 120 classroom hours in subjects related to real-estate appraisal including Course 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 1.5, and 5.0, the NAIFA Ethics course, or other equivalent thereof
  • Completed at least four [4] years of college or its equivalent


Receive credit for 2,500 hours of appraisal experience in no less than two [2] years.

Demonstration Report:

Submit an original and one copy of a Self-Contained Appraisal Report that communicates a Complete Appraisal of a one [1] to four [4] unit residential property.  Also submit an Experience Rating Form (ERF), which must be approved by the National Admissions Committee. 

Chief Appraiser Profile:

Our Chief Appraiser exceeds all of the criteria noted above having in excess of 20 years full time residential real estate appraisal experience. Our Chief Appraiser is a NJ State Certified Appraiser that is multi-degreed in Marketing and Business, and has had his views and opinions printed in various publications. Chief Appraiser duties involve interviewing of prospective vendors, reviewing all reports prior to delivery, and offering vendor's advise on issues of USPAP, Fannie Mae guidelines, and/or FHA guidelines and procedures.

IFA designation (source: National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers)