The Appraisal Review Board (ARB) is an integral part of the appraisal process. It’s a panel of volunteer real estate appraisers who advocate for property owners and consumers. The ARB reviews complaints about residential appraisals and helps ensure that property appraisals are fair, accurate, and in compliance with industry standards. The ARB provides education for its members to better understand their role as guardians of public trust in the appraisal profession.
You may be wondering what exactly the members of an ARB do. They are responsible for reviewing complaints about appraisals and making recommendations to the Appraisal Review Board. The ARB is also not responsible for resolving the dispute between parties involved in a protest.
The ARBs conduct their meetings by teleconference, so each member can access information about the case and review it at their convenience without having everyone in the same room at once. The members of an ARB will discuss each complaint separately and make recommendations about resolving them individually and collectively (if there are multiple complaints).
You might have noticed that there is more than one way to appoint or elect an ARB member. The way you do either (or both) will depend on the organization’s bylaws and charter, so it’s essential to check with your organization before you proceed.
Special ARB panels are required for properties such as:
- Commercial real and personal property
- Real and personal property of utilities
- Industrial and manufacturing real and personal property
- Multifamily residential real property
What are the qualifications to be a Special ARB Panel Member?
To serve on an Appraisal Review Board, a person must meet the following qualifications:
- Hold a law degree
- Hold a master of business administration degree
- Be licensed as a certified public accountant
- Be accredited by the American Society of Appraisers
- Possess an MAI designation
- Possess a certified assessment evaluator designation
- Have at least ten years of experience in property tax appraisal or consulting; or be licensed as a real estate broker or sales agent
The service commitment for an ARB member is one year. ARB members are appointed by the Commissioner and serve at their pleasure, which means an ARB member may be removed from office by the Commissioner at any time during the term of appointment.
You have time to serve on the ARB. The ARB is expected to meet at least twice a month with a minimum of two hours per meeting. Meetings can be held in either the appraisal district’s office or at another location within the county, such as a local library or community center. Most counties also have an appointed alternate member who will attend meetings in case an elected member must miss one due to an emergency or other unforeseen reason.
These meetings usually occur on the third Wednesday of each month, so if you are interested in serving on this board, let your county know about it now!
You will serve for a term of four years, but you may be asked to serve for less than one year or up to three years. You will be notified in writing of your appointment date and expiration date.
If you are interested in serving as an appraisal review board member, please contact your local property tax assessor’s office and ask if they have any openings. You may also want to check with other nearby counties to see if they have open positions as well, as they may be able to offer insight into what it’s like serving on one of these boards.
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