The MAI designation (Member Appraisal Institute) is a designation held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation of commercial, industrial, residential, and other types of properties and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions. An Appraisal Institute membership designation is achieved only upon completion of rigorous education and experience requirements and the demonstration of appraisal skills
For more information, try the Institute web site: www.appraisalinstitute.org
The Counselors of Real Estate, established in 1953, is an international group of high profile professionals including members of prominent real estate, financial, legal and accounting firms as well as leaders of government and academia who provide expert, objective advice on complex real property situations and land-related matters.
For more information, try the CRE web site: www.cre.org
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is an international organization which counts professionals in property valuation, land economics, finance and related environmental issues among its members. RICS, headquartered in London, can trace its history back to 1792, when a small group established the framework for a professional association to represent the growing property professions. RICS now operates in 146 countries and currently has 2,000 members in RICS America. Of these, 700 professionals have been elected to Fellowship and granted the right to use the FRICS designation. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is dedicated to maintaining the highest educational and professional standards, to protecting clients through a strict code of ethics and to providing impartial advice, analysis and guidance.
For more information, try the RICS web site: http://www.rics.org/