Title 43, Chapter 39A, Section 20
(a) A client or employer may retain or employ an appraiser to act as
a disinterested third party in rendering an unbiased valuation or
analysis. A client or employer may also retain or employ an
appraiser to provide specialized services to facilitate the client's
or employer's objectives. In either case, the appraisal and the
appraisal report must comply with the provisions of this chapter.
(b) For the purposes of this chapter, the term "specialized services" as defined in Code Section 43-39A-2 means those appraisal services which do not fall within the definition of independent appraisal assignment. The term "specialized services" may include valuation work and analysis work. Regardless of the intention of the client or employer, if the appraiser would be perceived by third parties or the public as acting as a disinterested third party in rendering an unbiased analysis, opinion, or conclusion, the work is classified as an independent appraisal assignment and not "specialized services."
(c) An appraiser may not accept a fee for an independent appraisal
assignment that is contingent upon the appraiser's reporting a
predetermined estimate, analysis, valuation, or opinion or is
contingent upon the opinion, conclusion, analysis, or valuation
reached or upon the consequences resulting from the independent
(d) An appraiser who enters into an agreement to perform specialized
services may be paid a fixed fee or a fee that is contingent on the
results achieved by the specialized services.
(e) If an appraiser enters into an agreement to perform specialized
services for a contingent fee, this fact shall be clearly stated in
each written and oral report. In each written report, this fact
shall be clearly stated in a prominent location in such report, in
each letter of transmittal, and in the certification statement made
by the appraiser in such report.
(f) Any appraiser who performs specialized services for which any
other law requires licensure, certification, or registration must
first obtain that licensure, certification, or registration before
undertaking any such specialized services.