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2014-15 USPAP Modifications Released

by User Not Found | Jan 07, 2014

In order to assist our members to become familiar with the new 2014-15 modifications to USPAP effective January 1, 2014 ASA’s Ethics Committee has prepared a brief summary outlining the modifications.

The Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) 2014-15 modifications to USPAP become effective January 1, 2014. These modifications include:

  1. Revisions to the DEFINITIONS of “Assignment Results” and “Scope of Work”—Based on comments received, there was a need to clarify the definition of ‘Assignment Results.’ In an appraisal assignment, assignment results currently include more than just the appraiser's opinion of value, as the appraiser is responsible not only for the opinion of value, but for the other opinions formed as part of an appraisal or appraisal review assignment. The change to the definition was made to clarify this point. The change to the definition of Scope of Work makes it consistent with the application of the SCOPE OF WORK RULE.
  2. Revisions to the PREAMBLE—When Do USPAP Rules and Standards Apply—A section was added to clearly state when the Rules and Standards apply.
  3. Certification Requirement Related to Current or Prospective Interest and Prior Services—The ETHICS RULE was edited to clarify that in assignments in which there is no appraisal or appraisal review report, only the initial disclosure to the client is required—a certification is required only for appraisal and appraisal review assignments.
  4. Revisions to the COMPETENCY RULE—The COMPETENCY RULE has always required that an appraiser be competent to perform the assignment, or acquire the necessary competency to perform the assignment, or withdraw from the assignment. However, the COMPETENCY RULE previously did not expressly require the appraiser to act competently in the given assignment. The change to the COMPETENCY RULE now clearly states that the appraiser must perform competently when completing the assignment.
  5. Report Options in STANDARDS 2, 8, and 10—USPAP previously had three written report options for real property and personal property appraisal assignments: Self-Contained Appraisal Report, Summary Appraisal Report, and Restricted Use Appraisal Report. USPAP now has two written report options, Appraisal Report and Restricted Appraisal Report, for real property and personal property appraisal assignments; this is similar to STANDARD 10 Business Appraisal Reporting. In STANDARDS 2, 8, and 10, the “restricted use” report option name was changed to Restricted Appraisal Report.

    An Appraisal Report must summarize the appraiser’s analysis and the rationale for the conclusions. A Restricted Appraisal Report might not include sufficient information for the client (no other intended users are allowed) to understand either the appraiser's analyses or rationale for the appraiser's conclusions.

    Additional edits were made to the minimum report requirements. In Standards Rule 2-2(a)(i), clarifying changes were made regarding intended users. The order of the requirements in subsections (iii) and (iv) within Standards Rule 2-2(a) were rearranged. In Standards Rule 2-2(a)(vi), the date of report was defined. In Standards Rule 2-2(a)(vii) and 2-2(b)(vii) the statement, “The signing appraiser must also state the name(s) of those providing the significant real estate assistance” was edited. The new statement eliminates the signing appraiser, and states “The name(s) of those providing the significant real property appraisal assistance must be stated in the certification.” In Standards Rule 2-2(a)(viii), “agreements of sale” was added. In Standards Rule 2-2(a)(ix) and 2-2(b)(ix), the statement was divided with the last part of the statement becoming Standards Rule 2-2(a)(x) and 2-2(b)(x). The remaining items under these Standards Rules were renumbered. Similar changes were made to Standards Rules 8-2 and 10-2.

    Lastly, to be consistent with items identified in the development requirements of Standards Rule l-2(e)(i), an edit was made to Standards Rule 2-2(a)(iii) to include the summarization of legal characteristics relevant to the assignment. This edit is not viewed by the ASB as a new requirement; rather, it clarifies legal characteristics of the property that are relevant to the type and definition of value and intended use of the appraisal must be communicated.
  6. Revisions to Standards Rule 3-5—STANDARD 3 now requires a date of the appraisal review report which makes STANDARD 3 consistent with the other Standards which require the date of the report.
  7. Retirement of STANDARDS 4 and 5—STANDARDS 4 and 5 addressed real property appraisal consulting development and reporting. STANDARDS 4 and 5 have been retired due to the confusion and misuse of these Standards. Revisions and additional illustrations were made to Advisory Opinion 21 to demonstrate how an appraiser can complete assignments that include services other than appraisal or appraisal review. The use of the term “appraisal consulting” has been eliminated in USPAP.
  8. Revisions to Advisory Opinion 11, Content of the Appraisal Report Options of Standards Rules 2-2 and 8-2 and Advisory Opinion 12, Use of the Appraisal Report Options of Standards Rules 2-2 and 8-2Due to the changes in the reporting format options, Advisory Opinions 11 and 12 were edited to demonstrate the impact of these changes. In addition, the scope of these two Advisory Opinions was expanded to include Standards Rule 10-2.
  9. Revisions to Advisory Opinion 13, Performing Evaluations of Real Property Collateral to Conform with USPAP—Due to changes in the Interagency Appraisal and Evaluation Guidelines effective December 2010, Advisory Opinion 13 has been revised.

Administrative edits were also made to USPAP and all guidance material, including the USPAP AdvisoryOpinions and USPAP Frequently Asked Questions, for conformity and consistency. The details of the changes to the 2014-15 edition of USPAP can be read on The Appraisal Foundation’s website, in a document entitled 2013 Summary of Actions Related to Proposed USPAP Changes.

Note: The Appraisal foundation issued the following press release and link to a video discussing the changes made to the USPAP for the 2014-15 edition.

The Appraisal Foundation is pleased to announce the release of a free video on its web site entitled, 2014-15 USPAP Summary of Actions. The video, shot on location at the Foundation’s Headquarters, is a 21 minute interview with the 2013 Chair and Vice Chair of the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB), Barry Shea and J.Carl Schultz, Jr., respectively. A PowerPoint presentation is available for simultaneous viewing as well. Please visit the following link to access video on the Foundation’s eLibrary:

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO ON 2014-15 USPAP Summary of Actions

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Alternatively, you may visit the eLibrary on the Foundation’s web site at to view the 2014-15 USPAP Summary of Actions