Success Through Leadership, Cooperation, Communication and Education

Contact Information

PO Box 99483
Raleigh, NC  27624

7800 Falls of Neuse Road
PO Box #99483
Raleigh, NC  27615

(502) 782-2699 (President)
(515) 494-1710 (Managing Director)


When Congress enacted FIRREA and Title XI in 1989, the structure of modern day appraisal regulation in the United States was born. During the earliest meetings between the resulting state agencies and the federal agencies, it became clear to several state regulators that a national organization of, by and for the states would be beneficial to help the state regulatory agencies navigate this relatively uncharted territory.

 AARO was formed in October 1991 as a 501 (c) (6) with 12 charter member states. It is still the only national non-profit association solely dedicated to advocating for the 55 member states and jurisdictions who are mandated by Congress to have appraisal regulatory agencies in place.

The Bylaws have evolved over the years, to address changes in funding, leadership needs and operational issues.

A 21-person Board of Directors provides oversight, while day to day administrative duties are handled by a Managing Director.

Mission Statement

The Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials mission is to be an advocate for the member jurisdictions as to the enforcement and administration of appraiser and appraisal management company regulatory laws. The Association is committed to the success and advancement of state appraiser and appraisal management company regulatory programs and seeks to accomplish these objectives through:

Leadership: To provide leadership to the appraiser and appraisal management company regulatory community by staying informed and by conducting research, as needed, that may be vital to the appraiser and appraisal management company regulatory community. In doing so, the Association shall serve as a resource to its member jurisdictions and a liaison to other organizations whose purpose may be consistent with that of the Association.

Cooperation: Develop and encourage cooperation and community amongst appraiser and appraisal management company regulatory officials and other government organizations whose objectives may be consistent with the purpose of the Association.

Communication: Facilitate communication between appraiser and appraisal management company regulatory officials and other government agencies, organizations, groups or individuals who participate in or are impacted by the appraisal industry.

Education: Provide education and distribute information that is vital to its member jurisdictions.

The Association shall conduct a spring meeting and a fall meeting each calendar year for the purpose of transacting business.

At each meeting of the Association, each Member Jurisdiction entitled to vote thereat shall be entitled to one vote in person. Proxy ballots shall not be allowed. Only Member Jurisdictions eligible to vote shall have the right to vote at the meetings specified in Sections 2 and 3 above. Other classes of members may attend meetings, but may not vote.

AARO is the only nationally chartered organization dedicated to the regulation of real property appraisers.