DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers - Summer 2018

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The District Appraiser Newsletter

Summer 2018

A Message from the Board Chairman


  Tamora Papas

DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers, Chairman

First, I want to thank those of you who renewed your license for the 2018 - 2020 Renewal Cycle. We had a very successful renewal period with approximately 632 appraiser renewal applications being processed and approved.

I also want to commend you for “charting new waters" especially since it was our first renewal utilizing the new online licensing system, which was introduced in October, 2017. I have included some additional updates about the new licensure process, in the newsletter. As updates are made to the system, we will continue to notify you about the system enhancements.

As part of fulfilling the requirements for licensure for the 2018 - 2020 Renewal cycle-- all renewing licensees are required to meet continuing education requirements and must complete the USPAP 7- Hour National Update course. Once you have completed the course it will bring you into compliance with the DC Regulations. If you are not familiar with the changes, we've included highlights of the differences, at the end of the newsletter.

A Special Invitation for All Trainees and Supervisors

The Board cordially invites you to reach out to the Board early and often during your training period.  We meet monthly and welcome the opportunity to have trainees come to our meetings and bring your work log and a few samples for us to review.  We want to help you in preparing these documents.

We have found that trainees who have taken advantage of these one-on-one Work Log review sessions are "least likely" to have any issues with their work product. We are here to assist you in having it done right the first time.  

These review sessions are for you and there are no punitive actions taken for anything we find -- that may be out of compliance.  There would be nothing worse than to spend two years in the field inspecting properties, assisting or writing reports only to find out the log or the reports are not in compliance.  

So please, take advantage of this opportunity to have your work products reviewed.  We recommend you have them reviewed, once in the beginning, again at six months and maybe a third time. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Cordially yours,

Tamora K Papas, SRA, CRP

DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers - Mission Statement

To protect the public health, safety, and welfare of the public and to assure the public that persons engaged in such occupations or professions have the specialized skills or training required to perform appraisals in the District of Columbia.

DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers - Members

Tamora K. Papas, SRA, CRP, Chairman, Appraiser Member

Marguerite Allen, Consumer Member 

Todd Canterbury, MAI, Appraiser Member

Andrew Sullivan, Appraiser Member

Margot Wilson, Real Estate Broker Member

2018 Appraiser Board Meetings

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 January 17                     July 18

February 21                   August - Recess

March 21                       September 19

April 18                          October 17

May 16                           November 14

June - No Meeting                       December 12

The Commission meets the third Wednesday of each month. Dates are subject to change.

Regulatory Moment

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Appraiser Regulations

Section 2310 - Continuing Education Requirements

Section 2310.2 (d) - All licensees must complete the seven (7) hour National USPAP Update Course as part of the twenty-eight (28) hours of continuing education.

Source: District of Columbia Municipal Regulations, Title 17, Chapter 23 

USPAP Update - "A Special Message from the Chairman"

All renewing licensees are required to meet continuing education requirements and must complete the 2018-2019  7- Hour National USPAP Update course. There have been changes to the USPAP and I want to share with you the differences, so that you will know. The best advice I can give is to be sure that any reports you submit are "USPAP compliant."  That way you will not end up in front of the Board for review.  I’m sure you’re asking, “What do I need to do to become “compliant?”

On a side note when we review complaints, we often find that while the Appraisal Report is USPAP compliant, the one EXCEPTION is: 

  • The lack of a separate and signed Certification Statement. 
  • In addition, the Certification Section on the FNMA 1004, 2055, 1073, 1075 or any of the other Form Reports do not meet USPAP requirements.  
  • Every report is required to have a separate ‘signed’ certification page with a signature block that meets USPAP.

1)    Everyone who signs the report -- must be licensed in the District.


2)    Anyone who contributes and signs off on the Appraisal Report must disclose  their names in the Addendum AND on the Certification Page.

Per the Appraisal Qualifications Board, AQB – A supervisor can only supervise three trainees at any given time.   

As you can tell, my intent is to keep everyone informed of issues impacting our appraiser world and make recommendations, so that we are all up to date on changing regulations and policies.

You can research “Sample Certification Statements for Appraisal Reports” to find the required language for these reports. 

USPAP - Appraisal Standards Board - Summary of Actions

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Related to USPAP Changes - February 23, 2017

On February 3, 2017, the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) adopted modifications to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). This action began in earnest with the issuance of a Discussion Draft in January 2016, followed by three exposure drafts of proposed revisions to USPAP. Written comments were received in response to each document, and oral comments were provided at each of four public meetings. Each member of the ASB read and carefully considered every comment. The Board then developed a work plan to address the issues brought forward, and adopted revisions for the 2018-19 edition of USPAP.

The following changes were adopted by the Board in a public meeting on February 3, 2017 and will be incorporated in the 2018-2019 edition of USPAP and associated guidance material with an effective date of January 1, 2018:

  • Revising the definition of Report and edits to the ETHICS RULE and RECORD KEEPING RULE

The Board adopted proposed revisions in the Third Exposure Draft to clarify the definition of Report, as well as edits to the ETHICS RULE and the RECORD KEEPING RULE applicable to the communication of assignment results. As put forth in the Third Exposure Draft, the Board did not adopt revisions related to communications of assignments results prior to the completion of the assignment other than the ethical and record keeping requirements that appear in that section.

Although there was support for specifically addressing draft reports, the Board also learned that there were significant unintended consequences that might occur with the adoption of any such requirements.

  • Creating a definition of Assignment Conditions, revising the definitions of Assignment, Intended Use and Intended User, and related edits to the COMPETENCY RULE

The Board created a definition of Assignment Conditions, a term that had only been previously referenced in the SCOPE OF WORK RULE. The Board also adopted revisions intended to clarify the definitions of Assignment, Intended Use, and Intended User, as well as making related edits to the COMPETENCY RULE to clarify an appraiser’s obligations prior to agreeing to perform an assignment. Although the Board did not revise the language “at the time of the assignment,” the Board did receive comments expressing concern with its meaning. Therefore, in the near future the Board intends to issue guidance to assist in clarifying the intent of that terminology.

  • Removing the definition of Assumption and revising the definition of Extraordinary Assumption

The Board deleted the definition of Assumption, as its use is not intended to differ from the generally accepted meaning of the word. The Board also adopted a revised definition of Extraordinary Assumption, with administrative edits, in an effort to clarify that term and its applicability.

  • Revising the definition of Appraisal Review, and dividing STANDARD 3, Appraisal Review, into STANDARD 3, Appraisal Review, Development and STANDARD 4, Appraisal Review, Reporting

The Board adopted changes proposed in the Third Exposure Draft to edit the definition of Appraisal Review to include its use as an adjective. The Board also adopted the proposed revisions to divide STANDARD 3, Appraisal Review, into STANDARD 3, Appraisal Review, Development and STANDARD 4, Appraisal Review, Reporting. The edits are intended to improve consistency with the other development and reporting standards.

  • Dividing STANDARD 6, Mass Appraisal, into STANDARD 5, Mass Appraisal, Development and STANDARD 6, Mass Appraisal, Reporting

The Board adopted the changes proposed in the Third Exposure Draft to divide STANDARD 6,Mass Appraisal, into STANDARD 5, Mass Appraisal, Development and STANDARD 6, Mass Appraisal, Reporting. The edits are intended to create greater consistency among the other development and reporting standards. For example, the term describeused in the reporting requirement of a mass appraisal was changed to summarizeto be more consistent with the requirements of an Appraisal Report.

  •  Removing the term Market Value from STANDARDS 7 and 8

The Board adopted revisions to Standards Rules 7-2(c), 7-5, 8-2(a)(v), 8-2(a)(viii) and 8-2(b)(viii)as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft. The Board adopted removal of the term market value from the personal property development and reporting standards, in order to clarify that certain requirements are not limited to market value assignments but are required whenever necessary for credible assignment results.

  • Revision to the personal property certification requirements in Standards Rule 8-3

The Board adopted revisions to the personal property certification in Standards Rule 8-3 as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft, to allow personal property appraisers, in assignments involving different types of specialties, to sign the certification without making them accountable for the assignment results of items which they did not appraise.

  • Revision to illustration in Advisory Opinion 21, USPAP Compliance

The Board adopted the addition of a new graphic in Advisory Opinion 21, USPAP Compliance, as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft, and it will replace the chart beneath the longstanding “ovals.” The new chart better illustrates the relationship between Valuation Services and Appraisal Practice.

  • Creation of Advisory Opinion 37, Computer Assisted Valuation Tools

The Board created Advisory Opinion 37, Computer Assisted Valuation Tools, as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft. The new Advisory Opinion addresses an appraiser’s obligations when relying upon adjustments, trend analyses, or other information generated by software or various online services.

  • Revisions to Advisory Opinion 31, Assignments Involving More than One Appraiser

The Board adopted revisions to Advisory Opinion 31, Assignments Involving More than One Appraiser, as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft, to help clarify guidance related to significant appraisal assistance.

  • Revisions to Advisory Opinion 1, Sales History

The Board adopted revisions to Advisory Opinion 1, Sales History, as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft (with deletion of lines 1749-1752), to help clarify guidance related to an appraiser’s proper analysis and reporting related to a subject property’s prior and pending sales and current listings.

  • Revisions to Advisory Opinion 32, Ad Valorem Property Tax Appraisal and Mass Appraisal Assignments

The Board adopted revisions to Advisory Opinion 32, Ad Valorem Property Tax Appraisal and Mass Appraisal Assignments, as proposed in the Third Exposure Draft, to reflect the adopted changes to STANDARDS 5 and 6.

Source: The Appraisal Foundation – Appraisal Standards Boards – February 23, 2017

New License Management System

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The Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration is excited to introduce a brand new license management system that will fully digitize the licensing process. This new platform is now available and it is designed to improve your overall customer service experience.

 We are pleased to invite you to utilize the new license management system.

To submit an application through our online portal follow the steps below:

1.  Visit the Board’s website: https://www.dcopla.com/appraisal/

2.  If this is your first time accessing the system, you will need to register for an account.

3.  Under “Licensing Services,” a link is provided to access the online portal.

4.  On the next page, select “New Individual” and "Register Now" to register for an account.


 If you are Reinstating or Renewing Your License:

 1.  If you had an account in our previous portal, click on: Already Registered.

2.  Click: Forgot Password.

3.  Follow the prompts: To re-activate your account in the new portal.

4.  Once logged in: Scroll down to your license type.

5.  Click “Begin” to start the application.

6.  Answer the screening questions and follow the prompts to upload documents and make payment.


Current system capabilities allow you to:

  •    Activate your account.
  •    Change your email and mailing address.
  •    Change your phone number(s).

1.     Log in to the system using your e-mail and new password.

2.     Once logged in, follow the prompts to view your account or make changes to your email address or phone number(s).

Please ensure that you provide the Board with an accurate and current email address, as renewals and notifications are sent via email.

If you encounter any issues with this process or have additional questions, please contact a customer service representative at 1-866-270-9817.

One major change with the new license and renewal applications is that a photo will be required for the next issuance of your license. The photo you upload to appear on your license must be on a plain white background and be a front-facing, “passport-style” photo of only yourself (do not submit a photo of your passport or other photo). We will continue to communicate more details about the online system as updates become available.

1.     Log in to the system using your e-mail and new password.

2.     Once logged in, follow the prompts to view your account, upload your photo, or make changes to your email address or phone number.

 If you encounter any issues with this process or have additional questions, please contact a customer service representative at 1-866-270-9817.

National Registry - Verify Your Name & License Status


Once you have received your new license, please visit the Appraisal Subcommittee website, www.asc.gov and search for your name. Your license should read: ACTIVE.  If it does not, please email Board Administrator, Patrice Richardson, patrice.richardson@dc.gov.  In the subject line of your message, please type: ASC.  We want to ensure that updates to the ASC reflect your current license status.

Fiscal Year 2017 Performance Oversight Hearing

I participated in the 2017 Performance Oversight hearing, during March providing testimony before the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization and the Honorable Anita Bonds, Committee Chairperson. Each year, the Board provides the DC Council with the:

  • Board's goals and objectives
  • Enforcement of the law and regulatory issues
  • Activities and accomplishments
  • Legislative issues

    I want to share with you, my testimony that presented the Board's accomplishments and plans for improvement.

    Testimony of Tamora Papas, Chairperson 

    Before the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization 

    Council of the District of Columbia

    The Honorable Anita Bonds, Chairperson


    John A. Wilson Building

    Room 120

    1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

    Washington, DC 20004

     Friday, March 2, 2018

    11:00 AM

    Testimony Before Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization

    Good morning, Chairperson Bonds, members, and staff of the Committee on Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization. My name is Tamora K. Papas, and I have the pleasure of serving as Chairperson of the District of Columbia Board of Real Estate Appraisers. Thank you for inviting me to testify on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser in today’s hearing to discuss the activities and accomplishments of the Board in Fiscal Year 2017. 

    Our members are Todd Canterbury, Appraiser Member; Andrew Sullivan, Appraiser Member; Marguerite Allen, Consumer Member; and Margot Wilson, Real Estate Broker Member. I would be remiss in my role as Chairperson if I failed to compliment the Board’s staff on the superb job they do facilitating the many facets of this Board. 

    District of Columbia Board of Real Estate Appraisers, Fiscal Year 2017

                The DC Board of Real Estate Appraisers is uniquely situated as the only professional licensing board within the Office of Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration that is federally regulated under Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, commonly referred to as FIRREA.

    Accordingly, the board is mandated by Congress to follow FIRREA as amended, and its accompanying rules and regulations.  Additionally, “the Appraisal Subcommittee, created by FIRREA, is to provide that Federal financial and public policy interests in real estate transactions will be protected by requiring that real estate appraisals utilized in connection with federally related transactions are performed in writing, in accordance with uniform standards, and by individuals whose competency has been demonstrated and whose professional conduct will be subject to effective supervision.  In general, the ASC oversees the real appraisal regulatory framework as it relates to federally related transactions as defined in Title XI.” [1]

                During FY17, 91 new applicants were approved for licensure in four categories, including trainee, licensed residential, certified residential, and certified general. Throughout FY17, the Board reviewed Exposure Drafts issued by the Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Qualification Board, the Appraisal Standards Board, and the Appraisal Practices Board.

     Appraisal Subcommittee Audit

                The ASC requires that an audit is conducted every two years to verify that the Board is maintaining compliance with FIREEA. The Board and staff provide quarterly reports to the Appraisal Subcommittee, as well as timely updates regarding disciplinary actions taken. The disciplinary actions are entered into a national database.

    The areas evaluated include the regulations governing the practice of real estate appraisal in the District, the approval of applications, enforcement of laws and regulations, pre-licensing and continuing education programs, public meeting minutes, and the license renewal process.  The Board is preparing for the next audit to take place in 2019.

    Efficient Complaint Investigation

                Real estate appraisals are the result of the evaluation of several complex factors. The nature of the work often means that complaints from the public alleging faulty appraisals require an appraisal expert’s opinion. To ensure complaints are thoroughly reviewed in a timely manner, the Board hires appraisers on a contract basis to review complex complaints. This process has worked well and resulted in well-written complaint summary reports submitted for the Board’s review in a timely manner.

                During Fiscal Year 2017, the Board again is pleased to report that all complaints submitted to the Board for review have been expeditiously reviewed and closed. The Board reviewed six new complaints, one of which was referred to our contract appraiser for review. The Board issued two informal admonitions in FY17.

    National Influence of DC Board of Appraisers

                The DC Board of Appraisers continues to be successful in maintaining our membership with the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO). These conferences bring together top regulatory officials from around the country and keep the Board abreast of key developments impacting the Board’s enforcement of federal regulatory requirements.

    The AARO annual conference is held in the District each year, and the spring meeting was held in Tampa, Florida during April 2017. The Board was well represented in attendance at these meetings. I currently serve on the AARO Board of Directors as an alternate member and co-chair of the Communication Committee.   I am currently being considered as a full director on the AARO Board.

     Educational Programs

    The Board continues to move toward expanding its educational offerings through public-private partnerships with numerous local agencies and private organizations. During FY17, the Board again participated in co-sponsoring a historic preservation seminar for all licensed appraisers with the DC Historic Preservation Office, the DC Preservation League, and the DC Real Estate Commission. Attendees received three hours of continuing education credits. These seminars represent a continuing effort by the Board to ensure our licensees are knowledgeable about our historic districts and disclosure requirements. We will continue to maintain rigorous continuing education requirements for our licensees.


                In conclusion, the Board members consider our role a great opportunity to serve the citizens of the District of Columbia. We will continue to carry out the Board’s many responsibilities including: establishing high standards for pre-licensing and continuing education, investigating consumer complaints, penalizing bad actors, complying with federal requirements, and engaging with professional regulatory organizations across the nation. 

    Thank you for your leadership and support. The Board appreciates the opportunity to share its accomplishments and plans for continuous improvement and looks forward to continuing to work with the Committee. This concludes my testimony. The Board’s staff and I are happy to answer any questions you may have.

    [1] Appraisal Committee Annual Report, 2016.

    Continuing Education Notes

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    Appraiser Renewal Cycle (2018-2020)
    CE Mandatory Requirements = 28.0 Hours

    Upcoming Events 2018 and 2019 - Save The Dates!

    September 27, 2018

    DC Real Estate Commission, Mandated Courses 2017 – 2019 Commission sponsored courses. Gallaudet University, Washington, DC                                   

    October 19 - 22, 2018

    Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials, Annual Conference, Westin City Center, Washington, DC  

    May 3 - 5, 2019  

    Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials, Spring Conference, Denver, CO

    Date TBD

    Historic Preservation sponsored courses for 2019

    Administration Overview

    • Leon Lewis, Executive Director
    • Patrice Richardson, Board Administrator
    • Kevin Cyrus, Education Coordinator
    • Kathy Thomas, Education Liaison
    • Arnebya Herndon,Technical Writer/Editor
    • Kia Winston, Legal Counsel