As a member of the NEBB Institute, Alamo Corporate Group provides appraisal reports which comply with four points which establish the foundation for our services.
- Adhering to all Ethical Obligations
- Advocacy Only of the Appraisal
- Maintaining Relevant Certification
- Authoring Defensible Appraisal Reports
More specifically, the following Code of Ethics further explains the procedures and processes upon which our practice is operated:
- An appraiser must not misrepresent his or her role when providing valuation services that are outside of appraisal practice.
- An appraiser must perform assignments ethically and competently in accordance with USPAP and any supplemental standards agreed to by the appraiser in accepting the assignment.
- An appraiser must not engage in criminal conduct.
- An appraiser must perform assignments without partiality. He or she must have objectivity and independence, and be without accommodation of personal interest.
- In appraisal practice, an appraiser must not perform as an advocate for any party or issue.
- An appraiser must not accept an assignment that includes the reporting of a pre-determined opinion or conclusion.
- An appraiser must not communicate assignment results in a misleading or fraudulent manner.
- An appraiser must not use or communicate a misleading or fraudulent report or knowingly permit an employee or other person to communicate a misleading or fraudulent report.
- An appraiser must not use or rely on unsupported conclusions relating to characteristics such as race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, family status, age, receipt of public assistance income, handicap, or an supported conclusion that homogeneity of such characteristics is necessary to maximize value.
- The payment of undisclosed fees, commissions or things of value in connection with the procurement of an assignment is unethical.
- It is unethical for an appraiser to accept compensation for performing an assignment when it is contingent upon:
(a) the reporting of a predetermined result;
(b) a direction in assignment results that favors the cause of a client;
(c) the amount of a value opinion;
(d) the attainment of a stipulated result; or
(e) the occurrence of a subsequent event directly related to the appraiser’s opinions and specific to the assignment’s purpose.
- It is unethical for an appraiser to advertise for, or solicit assignments, in a manner that is false, misleading or exaggerated.
- An appraiser must protect the confidential nature of the appraiser-client relationship.
- An appraiser must act in good faith with regard to legitimate interest of the client and the use of confidential information and in the communication of assignment results.
- An appraiser must be aware of and comply with all confidentiality and privacy laws and regulations applicable in an assignment.
- An appraiser must not disclose confidential information or assignment results prepared for a client to anyone other than the client and persons specifically authorized by the client; state enforcement agencies and such third parties as may be authorized by due process of law; or a duly authorized professional peer review committee except when such disclosure to a committee would violate applicable law or regulation.
- It is unethical for a member of a duly authorized professional peer review committee to disclose confidential information presented to the committee.
- An appraiser must prepare a work file for each appraisal. The file must include the name of the client and the identity, by name or type, of any other intended users; true copies of any written reports, documented on any type of media; summaries of any oral reports or testimony, or a transcript of testimony, including the appraiser’s signed and dated certification; and all other data, information, and documentation necessary to support the appraiser’s opinions and conclusions and to show compliance with this rule and all other applicable standards, or references to the location(s) of such other documentation.
- An appraiser must retain the work file for a period of at least five (5) years after preparation or at least two (2) years after final disposition of any judicial proceeding in which testimony was given, whichever period expires last, and have custody of his or her work file, or make appropriate work file retention, access and retrieval arrangements with the party having custody of the work file.
- An appraiser must disclose the lack of knowledge and/or experience to the client before accepting the assignment, take all necessary steps appropriate to complete the assignment competently, and describe the lack of knowledge and/or experience and the steps taken to complete the assignment competently in the report.
- The appraiser must disclose any interest the appraiser has in any item(s) being appraised.
The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice
(USPAP) are the generally accepted standards for professional
appraisal practice in North America. USPAP contains standards for all
types of appraisal services. Standards are included for real estate,
personal property, business and mass appraisal.
Brief USPAP Summary:
* USPAP was originally written in 1986 by an appraisal profession Ad Hoc Committee on Uniform Standards and was adopted by The Appraisal Foundation in 1987.
* The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA) of 1989 cites USPAP as the standards to be enforced by state real estate appraiser licensing agencies.
* USPAP compliance is also required by professional appraisal associations, client groups and by dozens of federal, state and local agencies.
* USPAP is released on an annual basis. Regulators base enforcement decisions on the edition of USPAP in effect as of the date of an appraisal report.
* USPAP is growing in acceptance throughout the world. Many professional associations in Central and South America, Europe and Asia have accepted and adopted USPAP as the standard of practice for their membership.