What is appraising?
The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) defines appraisal as "(noun) the act or process of developing an opinion of value; an opinion of value.  (adjective) of or pertaining to appraising and related functions such as appraisal practice or appraisal services.  Comment:  An appraisal must be numerically expressed as a specific amount, as a range of numbers, or as a relationship (e.g., not more than, not less than) to a previous value opinion or numerical benchmark (e.g., assessed value, collateral value)."

USPAP defines an appraiser as "one who is expected to perform valuation services competently and in a manner that is independent, impartial, and objective.  Comment:  Such expectation occurs when individuals, either by choice or by requirement placed upon them or upon the service they provide by law, regulation, or agreement with the client or intended users, represent that they comply."

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