Live from AI Connect 2015: July 28

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Connect with Your Colleagues

The Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting offers unparalleled opportunities for attendees to network with leaders in the valuation profession. To reconnect with long-distance friends and colleagues, or to contact new acquaintances, view the directory of registered attendees online to help locate and reconnect with colleagues. [Read more…]

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 400 attendees to create an extraordinary vision that everyone knows is possible every day, and to continually find the next right answer. [Read more…]

AI Responds to Appraisal Foundation Letter

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June 26, 2015

Dear Appraisal Institute Colleague:

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the Appraisal Institute’s response to The Appraisal Foundation’s “Legislative Alert,” I encourage you to read it.

AI Addresses The Appraisal Foundation’s Letter on Federal Regulations

Earlier this month, you may have received or at least heard of a letter from The Appraisal Foundation titled “Legislative Alert.” This letter contained inaccurate and incomplete information.

The Appraisal Institute has maintained a full-time staff and office in Washington, D.C., for decades. With the guidance and direction of the Board and the Government Relations Committee, AI consistently protects the interests of not just AI professionals, but all valuation professionals, at the state and federal government levels.

Read more about AI’s efforts. [Read more…]

Debunking Myths about Home Appraisals

Before consumers purchase a home, or refinance an existing mortgage, obtaining an appraisal is a crucial step in the process. However, some misconceptions exist about appraisals and appraisers and the Appraisal Institute encourages homeowners and prospective homebuyers to understand the following myths and realities.

comparablesMyth:  Assessed value should equate to market value.

Reality: While most states support the concept that assessed value approximates estimated market value, this often is not the case.

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A Special Message from the AI President

Special AnnouncementDear Colleague:

Earlier this week, you may have received or at least heard of a letter from The Appraisal Foundation (TAF) titled “Legislative Alert.” This letter contained inaccurate and incomplete information. Therefore, here’s some information you should know regarding TAF’s letter.

The Appraisal Institute (AI) has maintained a full-time staff and office in Washington, D.C., for decades. With the guidance and direction of the Board and the Government Relations Committee, AI consistently protects the interests of not just AI professionals, but all valuation professionals, at the state and federal government levels. [Read more…]

Annual Meeting Advance Registration Ends Soon

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If you haven’t already registered for this summer’s Annual Meeting, I encourage you to take advantage of the advance rate that expires July 3.

Annual Meeting Advance Registration Ends Soon

There’s a little more 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 July 3 to receive the advance rate. On-site registration will be available at a higher cost. Also, be sure to follow the Annual Meeting conversation on Twitter (#AIConnect15).

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