The first Arizona class offering certification of ANSI Sketch Master graduated on October 4, 2022. The Appraisal organization of American Eagle Appraisal, PLLC offices in several states, certified the first group of students with the designation of ANSI Sketch Master. The graduates completed a 3-hour course with an additional, comprehensive exam requiring a minimum 80% pass ratio to be certified as Sketch Master.
American National Standard for Single-Family Residential Buildings (ANSI) is now the standard for measuring properties by Fannie Mae (FNMA), the largest buyer of residential home mortgages. Many sketches performed by appraisers before April 1, 2022, were not measured to ANSI standards. Homeowners and real estate persons who have an appraisal completed after April 1 will likely see a stated difference in property size from prior documents containing a sketch.
ANSI Sketch Master program was established primarily for real estate salespersons and homeowners to know the livable size (GLA) of a single-family home as measured and required by Fannie Mae (FNMA), the largest buyer of mortgage loans. Having an ANSI Sketch Master measure the property further assures that the appraiser has followed ANSI standards thoroughly. Not all appraisers have complete knowledge of the standard and may not be standard-compliant.
Mr. Stone, Administrator, and instructor, stated it's essential to have an accurate sketch of a property to ANSI national standards. He suggests hiring an ANSI Sketch Master designated appraiser to be sure. Many old appraisal sketches and most sketches attached to the Assessor's records were drawn to a different standard than the new ANSI Standard mandated by Fannie Mae.
Appraisers interested in obtaining ANSI Sketch Master certification should email DavidS@AmericanEagleAppraisal.net with ANSI in the subject line.