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Resources for Agents

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.

Common Myths about Appraisals in the Home Buying Process - For Borrowers
An infographic outlining common myths about the appraisal process designed specifically for borrowers.

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.

Field Guides and Toolkits

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

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. 

Field Guide: 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.