Why Appraisers Should Join the ‘Green’ Movement

While some appraisers have made green valuation part of their practice, others are probably aware of energy-efficient properties and features but haven’t considered pursuing professional opportunities in this area.

For valuation professionals who are on the fence about whether it’s worthwhile to expand their knowledge and skills, consider that according to the U.S. Green Building Council there are as many as 150,000 LEED-certified green housing units worldwide, a number that more than doubled between 2011 and 2013.

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Video: Why Attend the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting?

In the Appraisal Institute’s latest video, four AI professionals share why they attended the Annual Meeting.

The four individuals featured in the video are:

  • Terry Bernhardt, SRA, AI-RRS, who said the Annual Meeting is a get-together with “several hundred of [his] closest friends.”
  • Sladjana Popovic, Candidate for Designation, who traveled from Serbia to attend the Annual Meeting, said it gives her a “feel” for the expanding valuation industry.
  • John Meyer, SRA, said the Annual Meeting educated him about what’s going on in the profession.
  • Rob Elliott, MAI, SRA, said the continuing education is “very beneficial.”

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Annual Meeting Discounted Registration Ends Soon

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If you haven’t had a chance to register for this summer’s Annual Meeting, I encourage you to take advantage of the special discounted rate that expires May 22.

Annual Meeting Discounted Registration Ends Soon

There’s less than a month left to receive the best available registration rate for the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting, to be held July 27-29 in Dallas.

The 2015 AI Annual Meeting will feature a wide variety of panel discussions and will provide opportunities for networking, continuing education (with the chance to earn Appraisal Institute and state continuing education credit), an awards dinner, vendor exhibits and plenty of options to explore Dallas.

Learn more about the 2015 AI Annual Meeting and register by May 22 to receive a special discounted rate. Also, be sure to follow the Annual Meeting conversation on Twitter (#AIConnect15).

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5 Tips to Help Your Property Tax Appeal

While many people enjoy the benefits of homeownership, some of those individuals also find themselves wanting to appeal their property taxes. In fact, the National Taxpayers Union estimates that 30 to 60 percent of properties are over-assessed.

However, homeowners who are considering property tax appeals should be prepared with all the necessary information.

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Appraisal, Appraiser Fraud Down Significantly

Recent reports have shown that cases of appraisal fraud have dropped dramatically, but mortgage fraud is on the rise.

The quarterly report from the U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network released in January showed good news for the valuation profession. It statedFraud_house that incidents of appraisal fraud plunged from 2013 to 2014, dropping from 7,641 cases in 2013 to 2,033 in 2014 [See Depository Institutions, Exhibit 5]. This was the sharpest percentage decrease of any other type of fraud tracked by FinCen. [Read more…]

Fracking and Real Estate Valuation in the U.S.

AntifrackingAppraisal Institute President-Elect J. Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, educated German valuation professionals at the March 18-19 HypZert Annual Conference in Frankfurt about fracking and its potential impact on U.S. land values. HypZert is Germany’s leading national organization for valuers working in real estate valuation and analysis in the financial industry with international partners. [Read more…]