What is an assessor / property appraiser?

Assessors are professional County, Township or City employees licensed by the State of Minnesota to review all real property within a jurisdiction. All assessors are required to be certified by the State Board of Assessors. This certification requires work experience and ongoing educational requirements. Continuing education is provided by the University of Minnesota, assessing organizations such as the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO), the Minnesota Association of Assessing Officers (MAAO) and other appraisal organizations. For more information, contact the Assessor at 320-968-5019.

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1. What is an assessor / property appraiser?
2. How often must an appraiser view my property?
3. Why must an appraiser view the interior of my property?
4. What if I don't let the appraiser inspect my home?
5. How will I identify an appraiser?
6. Am I notified if my property is going to be appraised?
7. How long does an appraisal take?
8. When will I find out what value the appraiser has put on my property?
9. How do I know if my valuation is correct?