AI Board of Directors Adopts Valuers Code of Professional Ethics

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With great pride, I am pleased to report that the Appraisal Institute has taken an important step in expanding its leadership regarding ethics in the valuation profession.

AI Board of Directors Adopts Valuers Code of Professional Ethics

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors, at its July 30-31 meeting in Dallas, adopted the Valuers Code of Professional Ethics as a model code and approved making the VCPE available for use by non-AI professionals as a companion document to the existing Appraisal Institute Standards of Valuation Practice.

The Board also approved all three 45-Day Notice items on the agenda. The items addressed the honorary member category of the Appraisal Institute, related entities referenced in the Bylaws and revisions to admissions regulations to reflect a new standards definition.

Read about other action the Board took at its meeting.

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VIDEO: Save the Date for Appraisal Institute’s 2016 Annual Conference!

Make sure to save the date for the Appraisal Institute’s 2016 Annual Conference that will be held July 25-27 in Charlotte, N.C.!

AI 2016 navigating valuation The Appraisal Institute Annual Conference is a first-class event that attracts valuation and real estate professionals from across the country and around the world.

Be a part of Appraisal Institute’s biggest event of the year:

  • Network with your peers
  • Earn state CE hours and Appraisal Institute CE points
  • Choose from dozens of exceptional education sessions
  • Visit vendors with cutting-edge valuation products and services
  • Honor colleagues at the annual Appraisal Institute awards dinner
  • Experience Charlotte

Watch Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn for future updates on the Annual Conference.

5 Tips to Elevate A Company’s Social Media Outreach

Appraisers, like those in many other professions, have learned that social media is now a must-have for conducting business. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms offer valuation professionals the opportunity to engage their target audiences, brand their companies and potentially develop reputations as experts.

laptopBeyond basic posting and linking, there are many ways social media can help increase the effectiveness of an organization’s online presence. Here are five simple ways appraisers can enhance their social media sites:

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Tips for Success in ‘Green’ Valuation

The future for residential and commercial properties shows that all lights are “green” for energy-efficient valuation. As green and energy-efficient buildings become increasingly mainstream, appraisers who are regarded as knowledgeable and experienced in this area of practice Green_Valuation_1may find new opportunities for assignments.

The majority of construction firms of single-family homes responding to a McGraw-Hill Construction survey reported that more than 15 percent of their projects are green, with that number expected to rise to 84 percent by 2018. Green also is growing in commercial construction with 40 to 48 percent of nonresidential construction being classified in that category.

The Appraisal Institute is providing the tools appraisers need to hone their skills, to be recognized as leaders in green valuation and to provide clients with the most current information available.

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AI Annual Meeting Highlighted by Speakers, Awards

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It was a pleasure to see so many of you this month in my hometown of Dallas for the 2015 Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting. I am extremely proud that our organization continues to host the valuation profession’s premier event!

AI Annual Meeting Highlighted by Speakers, Awards

The 2015 Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting drew nearly 450 attendees to Dallas, Texas, July 27-29. The event featured three outstanding general session speakers, more than 50 different education sessions with up to 90 hours of AI continuing education credit points and up to 14 hours of state continuing education credit, along with cutting-edge exhibits, numerous networking opportunities and an exciting awards dinner.

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Live from AI Connect: July 29

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Small EdAttendees of the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting’s closing general session on July 29 were enlightened by Edward J. Pinto, American Enterprise Institute resident fellow and co-director of AEI’s International Center on Housing Risk, who addressed, “Appraisal Theory: Back to Fundamentals;” and Susan Talley, an attorney at Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. in New Orleans, and co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate, Finance and Construction Practice Group, who discussed, “Valuing Lawyers: How a Client’s Legal Team Can Improve the Valuation Process.”

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Live from AI Connect 2015: July 27

AI Connect HeaderNational Geographic Photographer Inspires Attendees

Award-winning National Geographic magazine photographer and Academy Award-nominated motion picture director Dewitt Jones, keynote speaker at this year’s AI Connect, told attendees on Monday to train their technique and put themselves in the place with the most potential. Jones encouraged nearly 450 attendees to create an extraordinary vision that everyone knows is possible every day, and to continually find the next right answer. [Read more…]