State Certified General Appraisers

The State of Illinois requires that appraisers must be properly licensed to perform real estate property appraisals within the state.  According to the law (225 ICLS 458/5 5) (a) It is unlawful for a person to (i) act, offer services, or advertise services as a State certified general real estate appraiser, State certified residential real estate appraiser, or associate real estate apprasier trainee, (ii) develop a real estate appraisal, (iii)practice as a real estate appraiser, (iv) advertise or hold himself or herself out to be a real estate appraiser, or (v) or solicit clients to enter into an appraisal engagement with clients without a license issued under this Act.  A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class 4 felony for any subsequent offense.


To appraise farm or commercial properties, the appraiser must be a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser and their license number should begin with "553".


To appraise residential properties, the appraiser must be a Certified Residential Real Estate Appraiser and their license should begin with "556".



The requirements to become an Illinois State Certified General Real Estate Appraiser:

  1. Hold a Bachelors degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
  2. Complete 180 of pre-license course work (300 hours is required as of January 1, 2008)

300 QE Hours.
15-hour Nat’l USPAP or Equivalent.
Basic Appraisal Principles - 30 hours.
Basic Appraisal Procedures - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Market Analysis & Highest and Best Use - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach - 30 hours.
General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies - 30 hours.
Statistics, Modeling and Finance – 15 hours.
General Appraiser Income Approach – 60 hours.
Appraisal Subject Matter Electives – 30 hours.

  1. Complete 3,000 of practical experience in no less than 30 months.
  2. Pass the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation's licensing exam.

Brett W. Berger, Inc. has Certified General Real Estate Appraisers and a full team of support professionals on staff.


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Brett W. Berger, Inc.

Rural Real Estate Appraisals & Consulting


P.O. Box 502

Fairfield, Illinois 62837


OFFICE: 618.847.0163

Brett Cell: 618.838.8900

Kayleigh Cell: 618.445.1790


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Our Core Values

We believe that success and customer loyalty is earned.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve every single client, and know that it will take hard work to provide the professional service that you deserve

(1 Thessalonians 4:11).


Honesty and integrity are vital for the services that we provide.  We don't manipulate the numbers for predetermined values.  Our goal is to provide fair and accurate appraisals, so that you can make well-informed decisions.  Furthermore, we respect your privacy and will keep your information confidential (Leviticus 19:35-36).


We treat our clients as we would want to be treated. 


Expect courtesy and kindness from all of our staff (Luke 6:31; Philippians 2:3-4).


Trying situations such as death, divorce, or financial difficulty may cause you to need an appraisal.  We understand this, and will treat you with respect and compassion (Matthew 5:7; Proverbs 19:22; Psalm 112:5). 


Just as our farmer clients, we believe that a person reaps what they sow (Galatians 6:9). 


Learn more about our company and our employees.  Here you can see our qualifications.

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