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The American Society of Appraisers (ASA), the original multidisciplinary valuation society, and the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers (NAIFA), the leading voice for independent professional real estate appraisers, have reached an agreement to the merger of NAIFA into ASA.

The merger will add nearly 800 new members to ASA’s more than 5,000 multidiscipline credentialed valuation professionals in over 75 countries and 63 chapters throughout the world, creating one of the largest networks of U.S. professional real estate appraisers.

For appraisers, the merger creates greater access to leading professional development and accreditation programs, as well as a larger pool of experienced experts for networking, referrals or review services. It will also produce an even more powerful effort at the local, state and national level when advocating for appraiser rights and important appraisal professional related legislation. While for consumers, businesses or government agencies who order appraisal services, the merger significantly expands the number of credentialed professionals in ASA’s free “Find an Appraiser” Referral System.

“With the combined strengths of ASA and NAIFA, we will be able to help our members better leverage the programs and resources we offer and ensure that we are helping them learn how to best serve the needs of their clients”, said ASA’s International President, Sharon A. Desfor.

NAIFA President, David Doering, concurred by saying, “By joining our organizations, increasing our size, offering greater resources, investing in new education initiatives and providing influential advocacy, we are giving our members every advantage possible.”

Boards for both organizations, along with their respective memberships recently overwhelmingly approved the merger at each organization’s annual meeting held in Houston, TX and Rosemont, IL this month.


NAIFA Merger Voting Tally

Of the 570 NAIFA-designated members who were eligible to vote, 293 cast their vote. Here's how they voted:

  • 278 members voted in favor of the merger
  • 9 members voted against the merger
  • 6 abstained

Thank you to everyone who returned their ballot! 


2018 NAIFA Elections

For the first time in several years, NAIFA received enough nominations to fill all but one officer and director positions by election. These members represent all different sections of the country and will serve NAIFA well in these final months before the merger is complete.



Molly Orman, IFA


Mike Cordell, IFA


Ann Susko, IFA


Joni Cook, IFA


Mark Evans, IFAS


Ron Flowers, IFA


Nena Henderson, IFA


TJ McCarthy, IFA


Sue Tieber, IFA


Rob Luciani, IFA remains on the Board as 2018 National President and Mike Lange, Sr., IFAC and Bob Solotist, IFA remain as Directors.

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