A certified appraiser is certified by a non-profit professional association and licensing organization
Such as http://www.appraisalinstitute.org
The professionals have the objective of being as accurate as possible, relative to the actual fair market value of the asset
A state property tax appraisal is done by a government employee (who MAY be certified by one of the appraisal orgs) but the objective ther is to drive numbers for property tax assessment purposes
In Cities such as Detroit the boards of appraisal are simply COVERED UP with complaints about the property tx appraisals being NOWHERE near the real value of homes, as the market there has simply fallen through the "floor."
In SOME areas the appraisals done by the county nand other municipal appraisers for property tax purposes line up well with what an independent certified appraiser would say the real-estate is worth
look across a broad geographic area? I would trust the certified appraisers (over municipal tax appraisers) generally
Many state regulate the licensing of appraisers just as they do accountants n doctors and other state boards
Here's an example of a course/school that prepares one for the Georgia appraisal license: http://careerwebschool.com/georgia/appraisal/qualifying/?gclid=CPfkz47ftboCFenm7AodDB8APA
and here's a course designed for state certification that's delivered (sold) by the first organization I showed you:http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/education/state_cert.aspx
and Finally, the words CERTIFIED appraisal are generally used when referring to a state licensed appraiser
I tend to believe a state assessor is more likely to deserve the honor., A least they ought to be accored such a reputation. why so? they have no personal financial interest, in the succcess or failure of any sale. Second,since the public can become irate over a report, would a state official be predisposition to avoid such conforntations, woulon't they naturally adopt
A state licensed appraiser (paid by an organization or individual to accurately assess the value) ... YES, absoltely
But an employee of a county or municipality has the objective of their employer (to collect as muc tx revenue for the municipality as possible)
(sorry for the typos)
wouldn't they have a secondary tendency to accuracy, honesty and fairness?