2007 ORS 674.100¹
Persons engaged in real estate appraisal activity required to be certified, licensed or registered
  • exclusions
  • violations

(1)(a) A person may not engage in, carry on, advertise or purport to engage in or carry on real estate appraisal activity within this state without first obtaining certification, licensure or registration as provided for in ORS 674.310 (Duties and powers of board).

(b) Real estate appraisal activity is the preparation, completion and issuance of an opinion as to the value on a given date or at a given time of real property or an interest in real property, whether the activity is performed in connection with a federally related transaction or is not performed in connection with a federally related transaction. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a state certified appraiser or a state licensed appraiser:

(A) Is not required to be licensed under ORS 696.022 (Licensing system for real estate brokers and property managers) to perform real estate appraisal activity or any other activity that constitutes the giving of an opinion as to the value of real property or an interest in real property; and

(B) Is not subject to regulation under ORS 696.010 (Definitions) to 696.495 (Revolving fund) and 696.600 (Definitions for ORS 696.392, 696.600 to 696.785 and 696.995) to 696.995 (Civil penalties for violation of ORS 696.603, 696.606 or 696.612) in connection with the performance of real estate appraisal activity or the performance of any other activity that constitutes the giving of an opinion as to the value of real estate or an interest in real estate.

(2) Real estate appraisal activity excludes activity that is not performed in connection with a federally related transaction and that:

(a) Is performed by a nonlicensed regular full-time employee of a single owner of real estate, if the activity involves the real estate of the employer and is incidental to the employee’s normal, nonreal estate activities;

(b) Is performed by a nonlicensed regular full-time employee whose activity involves the real estate of the employer, when the activity is the employee’s principal activity, but the employer’s principal activity or business is not the appraisal of real estate;

(c) Is performed by an attorney at law rendering services in the performance of duties as an attorney at law;

(d) Is performed by a registered geologist, registered professional engineer or architect rendering services as a registered geologist, registered professional engineer or architect;

(e) Is performed by a certified public accountant rendering services as a certified public accountant;

(f) Is performed by a mortgage banker rendering services as a mortgage banker;

(g) Constitutes a letter opinion or a competitive market analysis as those terms are defined in ORS 696.010 (Definitions) that, by administrative or judicial order or subpoena, is compelled from an individual licensed to engage in professional real estate activity under ORS 696.022 (Licensing system for real estate brokers and property managers);

(h) Is performed by a salaried employee of the federal government, the State of Oregon or a political subdivision of the federal government or the State of Oregon while engaged in the performance of the duties of the employee;

(i) Is limited to analyzing or advising of permissible land use alternatives, environmental impact, building and use permit procedures or demographic market studies, if the performance of the activities does not involve the rendering of an opinion as to the value of the real estate in question;

(j) Is performed by a professional forester appraising or valuing timber, timberland or both as part of services performed as a private consultant in forest management, but only if, in the case of timberland, the appraisal or valuation is limited to the use of the land as forestland;

(k) Is limited to giving an opinion in an administrative or judicial proceeding regarding the value of real estate for taxation;

(L) Is limited to giving an opinion regarding the value of real estate by a person who is not licensed under ORS chapter 696, if the person’s business is not the appraisal, selling or listing of real estate and the activity is performed without compensation. This paragraph does not apply to a person conducting transactional negotiations on behalf of another person for transfer of an interest in real property;

(m) Is limited to transferring or acquiring an interest in real estate by a person who is not licensed under ORS chapter 696; or

(n) Is performed by a home inspector acting within the scope of a certificate or license issued under ORS chapter 701.

(3)(a) Real estate appraisal activity does not include an analysis, evaluation, opinion, conclusion, notation or compilation of data prepared by a financial institution or affiliate, a consumer finance company licensed under ORS chapter 725 or an insurance company or affiliate, made for internal use only by the financial institution or affiliate, consumer finance company or the insurance company or affiliate, concerning an interest in real estate for ownership or collateral purposes by the financial institution or affiliate, the consumer finance company licensed under ORS chapter 725 or the insurance company or affiliate. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to excuse a financial institution or affiliate from complying with the provisions of Title XI of the federal Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (12 U.S.C. 3310 et seq.).

(b) As used in this subsection, "evaluation" means a study of the nature, quality or utility of a parcel of real estate or interests in, or aspects of, real property in which a value estimate is not necessarily required.

(4)(a) As used in this section, "purport to engage in or carry on real estate appraisal activity" means the display of a card, sign, advertisement or other printed, engraved or written instrument bearing the person’s name in conjunction with the term "appraiser," "licensed appraiser," "certified appraiser," "appraiser assistant," "registered appraiser assistant" or "appraisal" or an oral statement or representation of certification, licensure or registration by the Appraiser Certification and Licensure Board made by a person.

(b) Each display or statement described in paragraph (a) of this subsection by a person not licensed, certified or registered by the board is a separate violation under ORS 674.850 (Civil penalties) or 674.990 (Criminal penalties).

(c) In a proceeding under ORS 674.850 (Civil penalties) or 674.990 (Criminal penalties), a display or statement described in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be considered prima facie evidence that the person named in the display or making the statement purports to engage in or carry on real estate appraisal activity. [1991 c.5 §3; 1993 c.465 §1; 1993 c.744 §218; 1997 c.417 §2; 2001 c.196 §1; 2001 c.300 §62; 2005 c.254 §3; 2007 c.319 §33]

Notes of Decisions

Licensure as appraiser is not re­quired for expert witness to present testimony giving comparative market analysis. Yager and Yager, 155 Or App 407, 963 P2d 137 (1998), Sup Ct review denied

Conducting "real estate appraisal ac­tivity" requires that ele­ments of prepara­tion, comple­tion and issuance all be present. Lee v. Appraiser Certifica­tion and Licensure Board, 160 Or App 622, 981 P2d 825 (1999)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 674—Real Estate Appraisers and Appraisal, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­674.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 674, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­674ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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