My reading of the Professional Appraisers Association of South Dakota’s criticism of rule changes proposed by Governor Kristi Noem’s new Appraiser Certification Program chief Scott Amundson appears to have been accurate: according to Watertown appraiser and columnist Brad Johnson, appraisers are “furious” with the Noem Administration’s lack of communication with appraisers and its reckless and possibly illegal loosening of standards for entering the appraisal profession:
Noem complained during the media firestorm that becoming a real estate appraiser was too difficult and she simply was trying to cut regulation.
Apparently, the state agency governing appraisers then began ignoring its rules and proposed rules dramatically relaxing the licensing process.
This time, Appraiser Certification Program staff did not consult with the Professional Appraisers Association of South Dakota, which represents about two-thirds of the state’s appraisers.
Imagine the industry’s surprise when it had only a couple days advance notice of an Oct. 7 public hearing at which the state planned to eliminate a requirement that entry level appraisers pass a national exam before appraising property.
Under the new rule, anyone who takes a couple of appraisal courses can then start valuing real estate.
Current law requires passing an exam, although the Professional Appraisers Association of South Dakota discovered the state agency is breaking its rules by issuing new licenses without an exam.
The association, understandably, is furious [Brad Johnson, “Appraisal Organization Opposes State’s Rule Changes,” Watertown Public Opinion, 2021.10.29].
The Legislature’s Rules Review Committee is supposed to look at these offending, appraiser-opposed rule changes at its November 15 meeting (9:00 a.m., in Pierre, Capitol Room 414). The committee has not yet posted an agenda for that meeting, but appraisers are likely watching for that agenda and chomping at the bit to testify to the committee.