Real Estate Appraisers (formerly Commercial Licensing Regulation 10) (230-RICR-30-20-1)


230-RICR-30-20-1 ACTIVE RULE

1.1 Authority, Purpose and Scope

A. Authority: This regulation is promulgated pursuant to the authority granted in R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 5-20.7-4(c)(6), 5-20.7-6(a)(6), and 42-14-17.

B. Purpose: The purpose of this regulation is to promote the general welfare of the citizens of Rhode Island by the implementation of R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., and R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-3 so that the provisions thereunder may be best effectuated and the public interest be most effectively served.

C. Scope:

1. As of January 1, 2007, the State of Rhode Island became a "mandatory state" that requires licensure or certification as an appraiser pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., for those persons who issue opinions or analyses of value or use relating to real property in this state. This licensing requirement applies to all opinions or analyses of real estate value or use, whether in the form of a written appraisal, consultant's report, or expert testimony before a court or an administrative body (such as a local zoning board).

2. Notwithstanding the mandatory licensure requirement, any person who holds a real estate broker or salesperson's license may provide, in the ordinary course of business, a written or oral opinion of value of real estate solely for the purposes of a prospective listing, purchase, sale, or business valuation but may not refer to such an opinion of value as an appraisal.

3. The Rhode Island Real Estate Appraisers Board and the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation shall utilize the following rules, regulations, and standards for the licensing, certification, and recertification of real estate appraisers in the State of Rhode Island.

1.2 Definitions

A. For the purposes of these rules and regulations, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

1. "Analysis" means the examination or study of real estate or real property other than an estimate of value using an orderly process by which the problem is defined, the work necessary to solve the problem is planned, and the data involved are acquired, classified, analyzed, and interpreted into a final opinion or conclusion.

2. "Appraisal" or "Real Estate Appraisal" means a written or oral analysis, opinion and/or conclusion relating to the nature, quality, value and/or utility of specified interests in, or aspects of, Real Estate. An appraisal may be classified by subject matter into either a Valuation or an Analysis as defined in § 1.2 of this Part.

3. "Appraisal Foundation" or “Foundation” means the not-for-profit corporation established on November 30, 1987, under the laws of Illinois, and overseen by the ASC in accordance with Title XI of FIRREA, 12 U.S.C. §§ 3331 through 3355.. The mission of the Appraisal Foundation is to promote professionalism in appraising. This is accomplished primarily through the work of two independent Boards, the Appraisal Standards Board (“ASB”) and the Appraiser Qualifications Board (“AQB”). The AQB is responsible for the generally recognized performance standards of the appraisal profession, USPAP.

4. "Appraisal Process" means a systematic Analysis of the factors that bear upon the value or utility of real estate.

5. "AQB" means the Appraiser Qualifications Board, which is part of the Appraisal Foundation.

6. "AQB Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria" or “RPAQC” means the criteria promulgated by the AQB of the Appraisal Foundation, as amended and supplemented, that establish the experience, pre-licensing, and continuing education criteria for real estate appraisal licensure and certification. In accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1 et seq., specifically §§ 5-20.7-4(c)(6), 5-20.7-7, 5-20.7-9, 5-20.7-10, and 5-20.7-17, the examination, education, and experience requirements of certificate and license holders must meet the minimum standards of the Appraisal Foundation, including the RPAQC.

8. "ASB" means the Appraisal Standards Board, which is part of the Appraisal Foundation.

9. "Appraisal Review" means the act or process of developing and communicating an opinion about the quality of another appraiser’s work by a Rhode Island licensed or certified appraiser.

10. "Appraisal Subcommittee" or “ASC” means the body within the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council as established by 12 U.S.C. § 3310.

11. "Board" means the Real Estate Appraisers Board established pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq.

12. "Certified Appraisal" means an appraisal or appraisal report given or signed and certified as such by a state certified real estate appraiser or state licensed real estate appraiser.

13. "Certified General Real Estate Appraiser" means a person qualified to appraise all types of real property without transaction value limitation.

14. "Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser" means a person qualified to appraise non-complex single or multi-family dwellings of one to four (1-4) units having no maximum transaction value, or property used for complex one to four (1-4) residential units having a transaction value of less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

15. "Complex" means those one to four family residential property appraisals where the property to be appraised, the form of ownership, or the market conditions are atypical.

16. "Core Education" or "Core Curriculum" or "Core Courses" means qualifying education courses covering specified subject matters as listed in the current AQB Real Property Qualification Criteria for each appraiser classification.

17. "Department" shall mean the Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation.

18. "Direct supervision" means:

a. Personally reviewing the work product of the trainee;

b. Approving, signing, and accepting responsibility for each appraisal report that includes the trainee’s work product and certifying that such reports have been independently and impartially prepared in compliance with USPAP, these rules, and applicable statutory standards; and

c. Indicating, within the certification section of the appraisal report, the name of the trainee providing significant real property appraisal assistance. For purposes of this subparagraph, "significant" means the exercise of appraisal knowledge and training and does not mean clerical or fact gathering tasks.

19. “Disciplinary action” means the corrective or punitive action taken by the Department or the Board involving any appraiser, whether formal or informal, consensual or involuntary, resulting in any of the following: revocation or suspension of credential, written consent agreements or orders, administrative penalties or fines, probation, formal reprimand notices or any other restriction on the use of a credential, or voluntary surrender in lieu of disciplinary action.

20. “Dodd-Frank Act” means DODD-FRANK WALL STREET REFORM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT of 2010, 124 Stat. 1376, 111 P.L. 203, 2010 Enacted H.R. 4173, 111 Enacted H.R. 4173

21. “FIRREA” means Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, as amended by the Dodd-Frank Act, 12 U.S.C. §§ 3331 through 3355.

22. "Licensed Residential Real Estate Appraiser" means a person qualified to appraise non-complex, one to four (1-4) residential units having a transaction value of less than one million dollars ($1,000,000) and complex, one to four (1-4) residential units having a transaction value of less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

23. "Part Time" means working less than thirty-five (35) hours per week in the appraisal profession.

24. "Real Estate" means an identified parcel or tract of land, including improvements, if any.

25. "Real Property" means one or more defined interests, benefits, and rights inherent in the ownership of real estate.

26. "Residential property" means property that is used for non-complex, single or multi-family dwellings of one to four (1-4) units having no minimum transaction value, or property used for complex, one to four (1-4) residential units having a transaction value of less than two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000).

27. "Residential Property Appraisal" means an appraisal of property that is used for non-complex single or multi-family dwellings of 1-4 units when a net income capitalization analysis is not required by the terms of the assignment and is consistent with applicable federal requirements and guidelines.

28. "Supervisory Appraiser" means an individual who is a certified residential appraiser or a certified general appraiser in good standing with the Department and who has acknowledged an agreement in writing to perform the responsibilities of a supervisory appraiser set forth in § 1.9(C) of this Part.

29. "Trainee" means a person who has met the educational requirements of the AQB of the Appraisal Foundation and who has been issued a trainee license to complete the experience requirement to become a Licensed or Certified Real Estate Appraiser working under the direct supervision of a certified appraiser.

30. "USPAP" means the standards of practice set forth in the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, as promulgated by the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation, which state certified or licensed real estate appraisers must comply with in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-19.

31. "Valuation" means a written or oral estimate of the value of Real Estate or Real Property.

1.3 Data Transmission to ASC

The Department shall transmit to the ASC all required information, reports, rosters, and fees in accordance with Title XI of FIRREA, 12 U.S.C. § 3338.

1.4 Fees and Charges

A. Establishment of Fees and Charges.

The Director of the Department must approve all fees and charges. All fees and charges shall be nonrefundable. The Department will not prorate fees.

B. Application Fees.

Initial Resident Application Fee: $200

Non-resident Reciprocal Application Fee: $200

C. Examination Fees.

Initial Examination: As Prescribed by Pre-Approved Testing Service

Re-Examination: As Prescribed by Pre-Approved Testing Service

D. License/Certification Fees.

Initial License/Certification (per year): $200

Renewal License/Certification (per year): $200

Non-resident Reciprocal License/Certification (per year): $200

Temporary Practice Permit/Certificate (6 mos.): $200

National Registry Fees (per year) $40

E. Miscellaneous Fees.

Certificate of Licensure: $10

Reinstatement Fee: $30

Education Submission Fee: $25

1.5 Four Classifications of Licensure

A. In ascending order of education and experience, the four classifications of licensure are:

1. Trainee;

2. Licensed Residential Real Estate Appraiser;

3. Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser; and

4. Certified General Real Estate Appraiser.

B. To obtain licensure as a licensed, certified residential, or certified general appraiser, an applicant must satisfy the educational, experience, and examination requirements for the desired classification as set forth in RPAQC and described in § 1.8 of this Part.

1.6 Certification or Licensure Required

No person shall provide an analysis, opinion, or conclusion that relates to the nature, quality, value or utility of identified real estate as a consultant, expert witness, or otherwise, unless duly licensed or certified as an appraiser pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq.

1.7 Term of Licenses/Renewals

A. Every certificate or license issued pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., shall be for a term of two (2) years from the date of issuance. The expiration date of the certificate or license shall appear on the certificate or license. No other notice of its expiration need be given to the holder thereof.

B. Every person certified or licensed pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., who desires to renew the certification or license shall apply for the renewal of the license or certification upon a form to be furnished by the Department, which shall contain whatever information the Department requires. Any renewal of a certification or license shall be subject to the same provisions and requirements covering issuance, suspension, and revocation of any certification or license as originally issued.

C. Any person who otherwise satisfies the renewal requirements for a license or certification may renew a license or certification within one (1) year after its expiration date thereof for a reinstatement fee of thirty ($30) dollars, in addition to the required renewal fee.

D. Any person seeking to reinstate a license after expiration must affirm by affidavit that he or she has not engaged in any unlicensed real estate appraisal activity since the expiration of the license.

E. If a person has engaged in unlicensed real estate appraisal activity pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., the person must file an affidavit with the Department listing all such unlicensed activity. The Department shall review the affidavit submitted and may either levy a sanction upon a determination that the license may be reinstated or decide not to reinstate the license.

1.8 Qualifying Criteria for Licensing and Certification

A. Criteria Applicable to all Appraiser Classifications.

1. Qualifying Experience Requirements.

a. All persons applying for an upgrade to a higher license classification shall submit a log evidencing his or her appraisal experience on a form provided by the Department. The form must be signed by the applicant, and shall include the following information for each appraisal assignment:

(1) Date of report;

(2) Address of appraised property;

(3) Type of property;

(4) Description of work performed by the applicant;

(5) Scope of supervising appraiser's review;

(6) Scope of supervising appraiser's supervision; and

(7) Number of actual work hours by the applicant on the assignment;

b. Adequate written reports or file memoranda shall support all experience. Each applicant shall furnish, under oath, a detailed listing of the real estate appraisal reports or file memoranda for each year for which the applicant claims experience. Upon request, the applicant shall make available to the Board or the Director of the Department a sample of appraisal reports that the applicant has prepared in the course of his or her practice.

c. Appraisal experience shall be of the type for which the applicant is seeking a license or certification. The Appraisal Process must have been utilized in order for appraisal experience to be applied toward the requisite experience in RPAQC. The work claimed in the application for experience credit shall comply with USPAP, as promulgated by the Appraisal Foundation at the time the applicant prepared the appraisals, and/or any applicable federal requirements.

d. A year of real estate appraisal experience is defined in terms of hours within a twelve (12) month period. Hours may be treated as cumulative in order to achieve the necessary hours of appraisal experience.

e. All licensees are required to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board a level of understanding of the complete Appraisal Process. Any applicant who falsely claims experience may be subject to denial of his or her application or suspension or revocation of an existing license. A comparable market analysis typically performed by either a licensed real estate broker or salesperson may be awarded experience credit when he or she prepared the analysis in conformity with USPAP, and the applicant can demonstrate that he or she utilizes and understands the Appraisal Process.

2. Qualifying Core Education Requirements.

a. All applicants for licensure as a licensed, certified residential, or certified general appraiser shall submit to the Department official documentation that he or she successfully completed the core education requirements for that license or certification as established by RPAQC, promulgated by the AQB of the Appraisal Foundation, as amended and supplemented. .

b. No core course of less than fifteen (15) hours and no core course in which the applicant did not pass an examination shall be credited toward satisfying the minimum core education requirements to become licensed and/or certified. All qualifying education must be completed within the five (5) year period prior to the date of submission of an application.

c. All core courses shall be taught by a nationally recognized appraisal organization, college, university or other school pre-approved by the AQB, or such other school approved by the Board and the Department. Credit towards qualifying education requirements may be obtained through the completion of a degree program in Real Estate from an accredited degree-granting college or university, provided that the institution’s curriculum has been reviewed and approved for credit by the AQB.

d. A written, proctored examination is required for all qualifying education distance course offerings. The term “written” shall include an examination taken on paper, or administered electronically on a computer or other device.

3. Qualifying Examination Requirement.

a. Upon completion and satisfaction of the core education and experience requirements set forth in the AQB Real Property Qualification Criteria for the desired license or certification, an applicant must take and pass a written examination offered and administered by a testing service pre-approved by the Board and the Department.

b. To be eligible for the examination, an applicant shall present the following to the Board and the Department:

(1) Evidence that he or she is at least 18 years of age;

(2) Official documentation of successful completion of the core education requirements as set forth in RPAQC and described in § 1.8(A)(2) of this Part;

(3) The log evidencing the applicant's appraisal experience as set forth in RPAQC, as described in § 1.8(A)(1) of this Part; and

c. No applicant for licensure as a licensed, certified residential, or certified general appraiser shall be permitted to take an examination for licensure or certification more than three (3) times without the express consent of the Board and the Department.

d. Applicants must take an examination within one (1) year of the issuance of a test authorization card. Test scores will be held for a one (1) year period from the date of examination. The Department shall keep applications on file for two (2) years from the date of filing.

e. Any successful applicant who fails to remit the license fee within one (1) year from the date of examination will be required to re-apply and pass the written examination.

4. Other General Requirements.

a. The Board or the Department may require an applicant to demonstrate by competent evidence that he or she is qualified to hold a license or certificate in accordance with the requirements of R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., and these regulations. Such evidence may include letters of specific reference or other written statements verifying or supporting the application to be licensed or certified by the Department.

b. The Board or the Department may require, as a condition of licensure or certification, an applicant to authorize the Board and/or the Department the right to make such inquiries as it deems necessary or appropriate to verify information contained in the application and/or required to be provided by law or regulation. The authorization shall include, without limitation, permission to request samples of previous work performed, evaluations by prior employers of the applicant’s work product, explanations as to type of work performed, verification of hours and terms of employment, verification of educational experiences and courses taken, and information from any source relevant to the application. An applicant shall execute all authorization forms as the Board or the Department deems necessary or appropriate to obtain such information.

c. Initial applicants and reciprocal applicants for all classifications of licensure must submit with their application a Criminal History Record from the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. Non-residents must also submit a Criminal History Record from their home state law enforcement agency.

d. Upon initial licensure and at all times thereafter, every licensee shall ensure that the Department has on record the licensee’s current personal name, firm affiliation, trade name, residence address and firm address. Every licensee shall notify the Department in writing of each change of personal name, firm affiliation, trade name, residence address and firm address within ten days of the change. All addresses shall be sufficiently descriptive to enable the Department to correspond with and locate the licensee.

1.9 Trainees

A. Initial Requirements for Licensure.

1. Education.

a. An applicant for a trainee license must demonstrate that he or she has successfully completed the requisite core courses in accordance with RPAQC in subjects related to real estate appraisal and USPAP from a nationally recognized appraisal organization, college, university or other school pre-approved by the AQB or such other school approved by the Board and the Department. All qualifying education must be completed within the five (5) year period prior to the date of submission of an application for a Trainee Appraiser credential.

b. A Trainee Appraiser shall complete a course that, at a minimum, complies with the specifications for course content established by the AQB. The course will be oriented toward the requirements and responsibilities of Supervisory Appraisers and expectations for Trainee Appraisers. The course must be completed prior to obtaining a Trainee Appraiser credential.

2. Experience.

No appraisal experience shall be required as a prerequisite for a Trainee Appraiser credential.

B. Responsibilities of a Trainee.

1. The holder of a trainee license shall work under the "direct supervision" of a "supervisory appraiser."

2. Prior to starting any work as a trainee, the holder of a trainee license shall inform the Department in writing of the identity of any individuals who have agreed to serve as a "supervising appraiser" for the trainee. A Trainee Appraiser is permitted to have more than one supervisory appraiser. The holder of a trainee license shall inform the Department in writing, within seven days, in the event that any individual previously designated as a "supervisory appraiser" ceases to agree to perform the responsibilities of a "supervisory appraiser," or in the event that any individual not previously designated as a "supervisory appraiser" agrees to supervise the work product of the trainee.

3. The holder of a Trainee Appraiser license shall not solicit or maintain a direct relationship with a client or a party or parties who engage an appraiser by employment or contract in a specific assignment. The trainee shall not collect any fees from the client, except when acting as an agent of the supervising appraiser. The supervising appraiser shall ensure that any form of payment shall be directed to the supervisory appraiser.

4. The holder of a Trainee Appraiser license shall not advertise. Any advertisement in the name of a supervisory appraiser with whom the trainee is associated may include the name of the trainee by clearly indicating such person as a trainee. This shall not prohibit a trainee's use of standard business cards that clearly indicate such person as a trainee.

5. The holder of a Trainee Appraiser license shall also have the following duties:

a. The Trainee Appraiser shall ensure that their experience log is available at all times for inspection by the Board or the Department.

b. When performing appraisal assignments, the trainee shall make readily available upon request a copy of the license certificate issued by the Department.

c. The trainee shall maintain and have in his or her custody a work file for each appraisal assignment. The work file must be in existence prior to and contemporaneous with the issuance of a written or oral report. A written summary of an oral report must be added to the work file within a reasonable time after the issuance of the oral report. Each work file must include:

1. The name of the client and the identity, by name or type, of any other intended users;

2. True copies of any written reports, documented on any type of media;

3. Summaries of any oral reports or testimony, or a transcript of testimony, including the appraiser’s signed and dated certification; and

4. All other data, information, and documentation necessary to support the appraiser's opinions and conclusions and to show compliance with this regulation and all other applicable USPAP Standards, or references to the location(s) of such other documentation.

d. When the trainee has obtained a new supervisory appraiser, the trainee and supervisory appraiser shall file an affidavit memorializing the relationship.

e. The trainee shall comply with the provisions of USPAP.

C. Responsibilities of Supervisory Appraiser.

1. Any individual designated as a "supervisory appraiser" shall acknowledge in writing to the Department that he or she agrees to perform all responsibilities set forth in § 1.9(C)(4) of this Part.

2. Supervisory appraisers shall be in good standing with the Department and shall not have received disciplinary action, within the last three years which has affected their legal eligibility to engage in appraisal practice.

3. Only those individuals who have been credentialed by the Department for at least three (3) years as either a certified general real estate appraiser or a certified residential real estate appraiser shall be a supervisory appraiser.

4. A supervisory appraiser shall also have the following duties:

a. The supervisory appraiser shall at all times be responsible for and provide direct supervision of the work performed by the trainee.

b. The supervisory appraiser shall provide the trainee with a copy of any final appraisal report in which the trainee's work product has been utilized or in which the trainee made a professional contribution.

c. The supervisory appraiser shall notify the Department and his or her trainee(s) in writing within ten (10) days if he or she ceases to perform or is unable to perform the responsibilities set forth in § 1.9(C)(4) of this Part.

d. A supervisory appraiser shall not supervise more than three (3) Trainee Appraisers at one time.

e. The supervisory appraiser shall personally inspect, with the trainee, the interior and exterior of each appraised property for a minimum of twenty-five (25) appraisal assignments.

f. A supervisory appraiser shall complete a course that, at a minimum, complies with the specifications for course content established by the AQB. The course will be oriented toward the requirements and responsibilities of Supervisory Appraisers and expectations for Trainees Appraisers. The course must be completed by the Supervisory Appraiser prior to supervising a Trainee Appraiser.

g. The supervisory appraiser shall prepare and furnish a signed statement describing the nature and extent of the assistance rendered to each trainee who provided services on an appraisal assignment. This statement shall be placed in the work file of the appraisal assignment.

h. Failure to comply with § 1.9(C)(4) of this Part may be deemed professional misconduct.

D. Continuing education requirements for Trainee Appraisers. An individual holding a trainee license for more than two years shall complete, by the time each renewal application is submitted to the Department, the continuing education requirements as established by RPAQC, .

1.10 Duty to Maintain Verification of Experience

A person may be asked to verify his or her experience while licensed or certified. All persons licensed or certified must maintain file data containing adequate written reports or file memoranda to support his or her experience claim. Persons should not submit such data unless requested to do so. Each person shall furnish, under oath, a detailed listing of the real estate appraisal reports or file memoranda for each year for which experience is claimed by the person on forms or in a manner required by the Board and/or the Department.

1.11 Continuing Education

A. Continuing Education Requirements. As a prerequisite to renewal by the Department, an applicant must present evidence satisfactory to the Department that:

1. During the immediately preceding term of licensure and/or certification, the applicant shall have completed the requisite classroom hours of instruction in courses or seminars in accordance with AQB Real Property Qualification Criteria from a nationally recognized appraisal organization, college, university or other school approved by the Appraisal Qualifications Board of the Appraisal Foundation or such other school as approved by the Board and the Department. Qualifying education courses taken by a licensee to fulfill the class hour requirement for a different classification than his/her current classification may be simultaneously counted towards the continuing education requirement of his/her current classification.

2. In lieu of meeting the requirements of § 1.11(A)(1) of this Part, an applicant for renewal may satisfy all or part of the renewal requirements by presenting evidence of the following:

a. One half of the total number of credits earned for participation as a teacher/consultant in educational processes and programs approved by the Board and the Department that relates to appraisal theory, practices, or techniques, including but not necessarily limited to, teaching, program development and preparation of textbooks, monographs, articles, and other instructional material; and/or

b. Attendance at a Real Estate Appraisers Board meeting, provided that:

(1) Credit may be awarded for only one Real Estate Appraisers Board meeting per continuing education cycle or licensing period;

(2) The meeting must be at least two hours in length;

(3) The applicant shall receive one credit for each hour attended but cannot receive more than seven credit hours in total for the meeting; and

(4) The meeting must be open to the public. Credit will not be given for attendance at such a meeting if the licensee’s appearance was requested by the Board due to a pending complaint against that licensee.

B. Course Approval. Any courses offered to satisfy any of the educational criteria set forth herein in § 1.11 of this Part must first be submitted and approved by the Board in writing. The Department shall periodically publish a listing of all such courses approved.

1.12 Reciprocity

A. General Requirements. The Department may, upon application, issue a license or certificate to an applicant who has otherwise met the requirements for licensure and/or certification in the State of Rhode Island without examination, provided the following terms and conditions are met:

1. The applicant holds a valid credential from a state which is in compliance with 12 U.S.C. 3351.

2. The credentialing requirements of that state as they exist at the time of application for reciprocal license must meet or exceed those which currently exist in the State of Rhode Island.

3. The applicant has complied with the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-16.

1.13 Temporary Practice Permits

A. Upon satisfaction of the reciprocity criteria set forth in § 1.12 of this Part, the Department, upon application, may issue a temporary license or certificate for a period not to exceed one hundred eighty (180) days under the following conditions:

1. The property to be appraised is part of a federally-related or other transaction;

2. The applicant must be a certified or licensed appraiser;

3. The application is received before the appraisal assignment is commenced; and

4. The application identifies the specific assignment(s) or appraisal(s) at issue.

B. Permits may be extended until the completion of the assignment upon request to the Department, up to a maximum of two extensions per assignment. If additional time is required to complete the assignment or appraisal, a new application must be filed which complies with § 1.13(A) of this Part. Requests for an extension must be received prior to the expiration date of the last Temporary Practice Permit granted.

1.14 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice

All appraisers licensed or certified pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., and these regulations shall comply at all times with USPAP.

1.15 Inspection of Records

In order to reasonably effectuate the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-18 and this regulation, every licensed or certified person shall make available for inspection by the Director, or a designated representative, all records of transactions, books of account, instruments, documents, and forms utilized or maintained by such person in the conduct of the performance of appraisal assignments, that may be pertinent to the conduct of an investigation of any specific complaint. All records pertaining to appraisals shall be made available upon demand. All other records shall be made available upon reasonable notice.

1.16 Reporting Convictions and Disciplinary Actions

Any licensee who is convicted of any felony or misdemeanor, or who is disciplined by any governmental agency in connection with any other occupational license, shall file with the Department a written report of such conviction or disciplinary action within sixty (60) days of the final judgment or final order in the case. Failure to do so shall be considered grounds for revocation of appraiser credentials.

1.17 Administrative Hearings

A. Powers and Proceedings. Except as otherwise specifically provided herein in § 1.17 of this Part, enforcement proceedings under this regulation shall be conducted in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-22 and the Department’s Rules of Procedure for Administrative Hearings, Part 10-00-2 of this Title.

B. Complaints. A written complaint alleging an appraiser has violated any provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 5-20.7-1, et seq., USPAP, or these regulations shall be filed with the Department. Any person, including members of the Board, may file a complaint with the Department. The Board or the Department may, upon its own motion, file a complaint against a licensed appraiser or a person or entity conducting unlicensed appraisal activity.

C. Investigation of Complaints.

1. Upon receipt of a complaint or upon its own motion, the Board shall review and investigate alleged acts or omissions, which the Board reasonably believes may constitute cause for disciplinary action. In order to determine if probable cause exists to conduct a hearing on a complaint, the investigator(s) designated by the Chairperson of the Board shall cause an investigation to be made into the allegations of the complaint.

2. Upon completion of the investigation, the investigators shall prepare and submit to the Board and the Department for its consideration a written report containing statements of fact and recommendations of the investigator(s). Thereafter, the Board may take one of the following actions by a vote:

a. Order the matter is further investigated.

b. Allow the appraiser who is the subject of the complaint an opportunity to appear before the Board for an informal discussion regarding the facts and circumstances of the alleged violation. The informal discussion shall constitute a part of the Board’s investigation of the pending disciplinary case. The Board may consider the facts discussed at the informal discussion in the event the matter proceeds to a contested case hearing. The Board may seek a consent order as a result of the informal discussion.

c. Determine that the investigation does not warrant a finding that there is a basis for disciplinary action and that no probable cause exists to believe violation has occurred, and close the case and take no further action.

d. Determine there is probable cause to believe that a violation has occurred and recommend to the Director of the Department that the Department proceed with a contested case hearing or other administrative enforcement action.

1.18 Effect of Subsequent Statutory or AQB Changes

Any changes in the Rhode Island General Laws pertaining to real estate appraiser certification or licensure or RPAQC, that affect the content, language or intent of this regulation will be deemed adopted by the Department on the date of implementation of the statutory or AQB change.

1.19 Severability

If any section, term, or provision of this regulation is adjudged invalid for any reason, that judgment will not affect, impair, or invalidate any remaining section, term, or provision, which shall remain in full force and effect.





Title 230 Department of Business Regulation (includes the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner)
Chapter 30 Commercial Licensing
Subchapter 20 Real Estate
Part 1 Real Estate Appraisers (formerly Commercial Licensing Regulation 10) (230-RICR-30-20-1)
Type of Filing Direct Final Amendment
Regulation Status Active
Effective 09/28/2017

Regulation Authority :

R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 5-20.7-4, 5-20.7-6, and 42-14-17.

Purpose and Reason :

These proposed amendments consist mostly of structural and organizational improvements that were identified as part of the reformatting process for incorporation into the RICR. These changes include: alphabetizing definitions; consistently using industry recognized acronyms; clarifying the criminal history record requirement; and deleting fees that are no longer charged. Distinctions in fees for reciprocal and non-reciprocal licenses have been removed because all non-resident licensees have received reciprocity since January 1, 2015, when appraiser licensing requirements were required to conform to a uniform national standard. In addition, incorrect references to real estate courses have been removed because such classes do not qualify for appraiser continuing education credits. Redundant provisions for procedures that only repeated statutory terms without adding additional content or were contrary to existing laws have been removed. The Department does not expect these proposed amendments to be controversial. These proposed amendments will result in little to no small business impact, however, any impact would be POSITIVE because these amendments add clarity and remove out-of-date fees that are no longer charged by the Department. In the development of the proposed amendment consideration was given to: (1) alternative approaches; (2) overlap or duplication with other statutory and regulatory provisions; and (3) significant economic impact on small business. No alternative approach, duplication, or overlap was identified based upon available information. No objections were received. Date signed by agency head: September 28, 2017

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