Live from the 2017 International Valuation Conference: June 11



ParsonsGeospatial Expert to Lead Closing Luncheon

Today’s closing luncheon speaker will be Ed Parsons, a London-based geospatial technologist at Google, who will discuss Google’s mission to organize the world’s information using geography. Parsons maintains links with governments, universities and research and standards organizations involved in the development of geospatial technology.

Post-Conference Brewery Tour Today

Attendees will get a taste of some local craft beers at the Brew Donkey brewery tour after today’s events. [Read more…]

Live from the 2017 International Valuation Conference: June 10


Valuation Standards Expert to Address IVC Attendees

TweedieSir David Tweedie, chairman of the International Valuation Standards’ Board of Trustees, will discuss his perspective of the volatility within the global economy and its impact on real estate markets at today’s networking luncheon. With his extensive experience within financial and real estate valuation industry throughout the world, he will outline the role of international standards and how valuation professionals are a critical component of mitigating financial risk. He will also share his views of the opportunities and challenges that the profession is facing. [Read more…]

Live from the 2017 International Valuation Conference: June 9


Physician/Explorer to Address IVC Attendees

MacInnisPhysician, scientist, author and deep-sea explorer Dr. Joe MacInnis will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 International Valuation Conference today. A leadership and teamwork expert, MacInnis has led or participated in more than 50 of the world’s most important expeditions and has logged more time beneath the surface of the Arctic Ocean than any other scientist. He will reveal the primary principles of team genius – deep empathy, deep eloquence and deep endurance – and will demonstrate how these same principles can be used for valuation beyond borders.

Valuation Panel to Discuss Opportunities, Challenges for Appraisers

Leaders of valuation firms across North America will participate in a panel discussion today, where they will discuss regulatory challenges, the impact of technology on the valuation industry, and valuation trends.

Panelists include: Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, of Atrium Real Estate Services; Colin Johnston, AACI, P.App, of Altus Group; Paul Morrassutti, AACI, P.App, of CBRE Limited; John Busi, MAI, FRICS, of Newman Grubb Knight Frank; and Ed Alegre, MAI, MRICS, of Colliers International. Peter Christensen of LIA Administrators and Insurance Services will moderate the panel.

Networking Night at Canadian War Museum Tonight

WarMuseumConference attendees will gather tonight for a “Countries and Cocktails” Networking Night event at the Canadian War Museum, which has more than 3 million military artifacts in its collection. In addition to networking and exploring the museum, attendees are encouraged to wear attire that celebrates their country’s pride.

Live from the 2017 International Valuation Conference: June 8


Annual Conference Opens Today in Ottawa

logoThe 2017 International Valuation Conference (IVC), co-hosted by the Appraisal Institute and the Appraisal Institute of Canada, begins today in Ottawa, Ontario. More than 600 valuation professionals from the U.S., Canada and around the world are gathered at the organizations’ biggest event of the year. Follow the Opinions of Value blog for daily recaps of what’s happening at this year’s conference. [Read more…]

AI Releases Updated ‘Green’ Addendum

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I’m proud to share that the Appraisal Institute has taken another big step to solidify its role as the valuation profession’s thought leader!

AI Releases Updated ‘Green’ Addendum

The Appraisal Institute on May 16 released an updated version of its AI Reports® Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum, which will assist appraisers and users of appraisal services in understanding market reactions to green and energy efficient homes.

The Addendum will help appraisers meet appraisal standards requirements for identifying property characteristics that are relevant to that property type and value.

For its efforts in updating the Addendum, AI was recognized May 15 at the Better Buildings Summit 2017 as part of the U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Information Accelerator in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about AI’s updated Addendum.

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Deadline Approaching for Online Conference Registration


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If you’re planning to be in Ottawa, Ontario, June 8-11, for the 2017 International Valuation Conference, time is running out to get the best available registration rate!

Deadline Approaching for Online Conference Registration
Online registration for the International Valuation Conference, hosted by the Appraisal Institute and the Appraisal Institute of Canada, closes May 30. After that, onsite registration will be available, but at a higher rate. Also, remember to book your room at one of the hotels where AI and AIC have negotiated room rates: The Novotel Ottawa (reference Appraisal Institute/Appraisal Institute of Canada) and Les Suites Ottawa (reference group code AIC2017).

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5 Questions for Commercial Solar PV Valuation


The following is a guest blog by Timothy P. Runde, MAI, LEED APsolar_panel

Valuation of solar photovoltaic systems is emerging as a must-have competency for commercial appraisers, but developing a credible opinion of value can be challenging. Whether you’re new to solar valuation or you have a portfolio of valuations under your belt, here are five questions worth considering for your next solar PV assignment. [Read more…]