Residential Report Writing & Case Studies

Real Estate Appraisal Course Details

Residential Report Writing & Case Studies

The Residential Report Writing and Case Studies course is a 15-hour introductory appraisal course that meets the standards set forth by The Appraisal Foundation's required core curriculum. (Click here for a topic matrix). VanEd provides this course through our Partner School: OnCourse Learning. For additional information and/or current pricing, please click here.

The Residential Report Writing and Case Studies course is designed to teach the importance of good report writing skills, ways to improve their writing skills, and how to prepare a professional appraisal report. It will also familiarize students with those provisions of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP) and how they apply to many different types of appraisal reports including the URAR, the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac appraisal reports, the Appraisal Institute residential appraisal report, the World Wide ERC Summary Appraisal Reports, and any related guidelines. And finally, with the use of case studies, teach the student how to complete a residential appraisal on a URAR report form.

This course contains several interactive case studies and a final exam that are provided to reinforce important concepts and test the students' knowledge.

Course Outline

1. Communicating the Appraisal Report
2. USPAP Compliance
3. Report Forms: Guidelines & Requirements
4. Case Studies - Overview
5. Case Study 1 - Subject Property
6. Case Study 2 - Marketing Time
7. Case Study 3 - Gross Living Area
8. Case Study 4 - Sales Comparison Approach
9. Case Study 5 - Cost Approach
10. Case Study 6 - Income Approach
11. Additional Information

Course Completion Certificate

In order to receive your Course Completion Certificate for the Report Writing course, you must successfully complete (with a score of 75 percent or greater) each of the exams and one final exam.

The final exam must be taken under the supervision of a proctor. The guidelines for identifying and utilizing a qualified proctor are provided under the Testing link above.

Additionally, the student must submit an affidavit certifying that the person receiving credit for the course is the same person who took the course. All exams are taken on the Internet, and the exams are instantly graded.

Course materials

The following reference book is provided by VanEd:

  1. Residential Report Writing & Case Studies by Henry Harrison & Burton Lee.

Using the Course Materials

read the online learning objectives associated with each chapter,

  1. take the online practice quizzes.
  2. work the online exercise problems at the completion of each chapter,
  3. study the online flashcards, and
  4. complete the online chapter exam.

All chapter exams must be successfully completed prior to taking the online final exam.

Quizzes, exercises and exams are all graded instantly.

Exercises include mathematical calculators, interactive worksheets, keyword concepts and short answers. The instructor's responses to the exercises are provided immediately after the student submits his or her answers.


All testing and grading will occur online. Testing includes quizzes, section exams, and a final exam.

Quizzes are intended to reinforce important concepts and are distributed throughout the course. If, after two attempts, there are still incorrect answers to the quiz, the correct answers are provided. All quizzes within a section must be completed prior to taking the section exam.

There are two types of exams: section exams, and a final exam. A passing score of 75 percent is required for each exam, and students must pass all exams to complete the course. Exams are graded immediately and results provided online. If a passing score is not achieved, the student is told which questions were answered incorrectly and given a 'study hint' that points to the material the student should review before attempting the exam again.

Final Exam Proctor

The course final exam must be taken online in the presence of a proctor according to the following guidelines:

  1. Identify a proctor - acceptable proctors include:
    1. Librarians
    2. Clergy
    3. Notary Public
    4. A non-related individual: ( by neither blood or employment)

      Prior arrangement requirements:
       i. Fax proctor's telephone number
       ii. A copy of government issued photo identification
       iii. E-mail address

      Van Education Center will acknowledge acceptance of the proctor by e-mailing the proctor an affidavit with the proctor's name, students completed and acknowledgement of prior acceptance of the proctor.

      If the proctor is one of a, b, or c above no prior approval of the proctor by Van Education Center is required.

  2. Student must present the proctor with government-issued photo identification.
  3. Complete the closed-book exam without removing questions or answers. This includes the prohibition of copying, printing, or otherwise removing material from the test.
  4. Student should ensure the proctor completes a Proctor Affidavit (included in the course).
  5. Student should complete a Student Affidavit (included in the course).
  6. Mail original Proctor Affidavit and Student Affidavit to:

    Van Education Center
    5345 Arapahoe Ave, Suite 7
    Boulder, CO 80303

Appraisal Catalog

Please CLICK HERE to open the Appraisal School Catalog

Certified by IDECC

IDECC approved real estate appraisal course

The International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC) has accepted this course delivery. Students who take this course are encouraged to provide IDECC with feedback about their learning experience.

Certified by the Appraisal Foundation's Appraisal Qualifications Board

Approved by the Appraisal Foundation's Appraisal Qualifications Board

All VanEd appraisal licensing courses are AQB-Approved. The Appraisal Foundation's Appraisal Qualifications Board (AQB) uses independent appraisal educators who are selected for their knowledge and experience in appraising to review all courses that are approved by the AQB. The AQB chief reviewer also reviews the courses to assure objectivity and quality control.