A. The rights of an applicant or holder under a license or certificate as a registered trainee appraiser or a state-licensed or state-certified appraiser may be revoked or suspended, or the holder of the license or certificate may otherwise be disciplined, including being placed on probation as prescribed by rule, in accordance with this chapter on any of the grounds set forth in this section. The superintendent may investigate the actions of a registered trainee appraiser or a state-licensed or state-certified appraiser in this state or in any other state and may revoke or suspend the rights of a license or certificate holder or otherwise discipline a registered trainee appraiser or a state-licensed or state-certified appraiser for any of the following acts or omissions:
Terms Used In Arizona Laws 32-3631
- Action: includes any matter or proceeding in a court, civil or criminal. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Appraisal: A determination of property value.
- Appraisal assignment: means an engagement for which a real estate appraiser is employed or retained to act, or would be perceived by third parties or the public in acting, as a disinterested third party in rendering an unbiased analysis, opinion or conclusion relating to the nature, quality, value or utility of specified interests in or aspects of identified real estate. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- Appraisal report: means any communication, written or oral, of an appraisal. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
- Department: means the department of financial institutions. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
- Fraud: Intentional deception resulting in injury to another.
- including: means not limited to and is not a term of exclusion. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
- Person: includes a corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or society, as well as a natural person. See Arizona Laws 1-215
- Plea: In a criminal case, the defendant's statement pleading "guilty" or "not guilty" in answer to the charges, a declaration made in open court.
- Probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
- Registered trainee appraiser: means a person who meets both of the following requirements:
(a) Is registered with the superintendent and meets the appraiser qualifications board's qualifications for trainee appraisers to perform appraisal services only under the direct supervision of a certified appraiser who has met the minimum criteria to be a supervisory appraiser. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- State-licensed or state-certified appraiser: means a person who develops and communicates appraisals and who holds a current, valid license or certificate issued under this chapter. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- Superintendent: means the superintendent of financial institutions. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- Value: means the monetary relationship between properties and those who buy, sell or use those properties. See Arizona Laws 32-3601
- Wilfully: means , with respect to conduct or to a circumstance described by a statute defining an offense, that a person is aware or believes that the person's conduct is of that nature or that the circumstance exists. See Arizona Laws 1-215
1. Procuring or attempting to procure a license or certificate pursuant to this chapter by knowingly making a false statement, submitting false information, refusing to provide complete information in response to a question in an application for a license or certificate or committing any form of fraud or misrepresentation.
2. Failing to meet the minimum qualifications established by this chapter.
3. Paying or offering to pay money or other considerations other than as provided by this chapter to any member or employee of the department to procure a license or certificate under this chapter.
4. Being convicted, including based on a plea of guilty, of a crime that is substantially related to the qualifications, functions and duties of a person developing appraisals and communicating appraisals to others, or being convicted of any felony or any crime involving moral turpitude.
5. Committing an act or omission involving dishonesty, fraud or misrepresentation with the intent to substantially benefit the license or certificate holder or another person or with the intent to substantially injure another person.
6. Violating any of the standards of the development or communication of appraisals as provided in this chapter.
7. Being negligent or incompetent as a state-licensed or state-certified appraiser in developing an appraisal, in preparing an appraisal report or in communicating an appraisal.
8. Wilfully disregarding or violating any provisions of this chapter or an order or rule of the superintendent for the administration and enforcement of this chapter.
9. Accepting an appraisal assignment if the employment itself is contingent on the appraiser reporting a predetermined estimate, analysis or opinion or if the fee to be paid is contingent on the opinion, conclusion or value reached or on the consequences resulting from the appraisal assignment.
10. Violating the confidential nature of any records to which the registered trainee appraiser or the state-licensed or state-certified appraiser gains access through employment or engagement as a registered trainee appraiser or an appraiser.
11. Having a final civil judgment entered against the person on grounds of fraud, misrepresentation or deceit in the making of any appraisal.
B. In a disciplinary proceeding based on a civil judgment, a registered trainee appraiser or state-licensed or state-certified appraiser may present matters in mitigation and extenuation.
C. The superintendent may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, records, documents and other evidence necessary and relevant to an investigation or hearing.
D. The lapsing or suspension of a license or certificate by operation of law or by an order or decision of the superintendent or a court of law, or the voluntary surrender of a license or certificate by a license or certificate holder, shall not deprive the superintendent of jurisdiction to do either of the following within twenty-four months after the expiration of the license or certificate pursuant to section 32-3616:
1. Proceed with any investigation of or action or disciplinary proceeding against the license or certificate holder.
2. Render a decision suspending or revoking the license or certificate or denying the renewal or right of renewal of the license or certificate.
E. If the superintendent determines that a state-licensed or state-certified appraiser is in violation of this chapter, the superintendent may take disciplinary or remedial action and may impose a civil penalty not to exceed three thousand dollars per complaint filed with the superintendent pursuant to this chapter. All civil penalties collected pursuant to this subsection shall be deposited in the department revolving fund established by section 6-135.