New Appraisal Institute Text Demonstrates Essential Valuation Techniques

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CHICAGO – RealEstateRama – Since problem-solving is the foundation of an appraiser’s skill set, “The Student Handbook to The Appraisal of Real Estate, 15th Edition,” includes practice problems that allow users of the handbook to test the knowledge they have acquired every step of the way, according to a book published by the Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers.

“The Student Handbook to The Appraisal of Real Estate, 15th Edition,” by Mark R. Ratterman, MAI, SRA, is an instructional text to help users understand the appraisal profession, prepare for the state licensing exam and jumpstart their valuation careers. This book also provides students with a comprehensive introduction to real estate valuation and the challenges of a career in real estate.

“The Student Handbook to The Appraisal of Real Estate, 15th edition, is a practical tool for self-study and classroom use,” Appraisal Institute President Rodman Schley, MAI, SRA, wrote in the book’s foreword. “An appraiser new to the profession or any real estate professional in a related discipline interested in valuation will find that the shortest route to appraisal knowledge runs through the student handbook.”

Originally developed to complement the latest edition of the Appraisal Institute’s classic textbook, the student handbook has become popular as a stand-alone text used by colleges and proprietary schools. The student handbook:

  • Summarizes each chapter in the 15th edition of “The Appraisal of Real Estate;”
  • Explains and illustrates the nuances of valuation theory and practice with real-world examples;
  • Presents dozens of sample problems to help students build skills and confidence; and
  • Allows users to test their knowledge as they learn about appraisal.

Schley further noted, “The student handbook joins other Appraisal Institute handbooks, such ‘Valuation by Comparison’ and ‘Practice Examination Questions for Real Estate Appraisers,’ as valuable supplementary material for the well-rounded appraiser.”

“The Student Handbook to The Appraisal of Real Estate, 15th Edition,” (ISBN: 9781935328810) is a 464-page soft cover book; a PDF is also available. They are available for $85 ($75 for Appraisal Institute professionals) each. Call 888-756-4624 or order online.
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The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of real estate appraisers, with over 17,000 professionals in almost 50 countries throughout the world. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide. Organized in 1932, the Appraisal Institute advocates equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in the appraisal profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Individuals of the Appraisal Institute benefit from an array of professional education and advocacy programs, and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. Learn more at

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