A common misconception is that real estate appraisers and real estate agents do the same thing. Actually, our training and our function is very different. Appraisers estimate the value of property. Agents sell property. Appraisers have much stricter licensing requirements. Appraisers must have a minimum of 2000 hours of supervision by a mentor (2500 for a certified level which we have), at least 30 months of acceptable experience, successfully complete a number of increasingly sophisticated courses, and pass a rigorous licensing exam. The continuing education requirements for appraisers are much more rigorous as well, than they are for agents.