Deadline Nears for “Early Bird” Registration

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I’m pleased to tell you that there’s still time to take advantage of discounted “early bird” registration for the AI 2018 Annual Conference! Here’s more about that, and other news, from the past month.

Deadline Nears for “Early Bird” Registration

If you’re considering attending the Appraisal Institute’s 2018 Annual Conference at the brand new JW Marriott hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, you have just one week – until May 4 – to register at the lowest available rate.

Alison Levine, a best-selling author and mountain climber focused on leading teams in extreme environments, and Don Gossman, SRA, an appraiser and author who worked with the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office to help break up a mortgage fraud ring, will be the keynote speakers at the Annual Conference.

I hope to see you at the AI Annual Conference, which will feature informative speakers, extensive opportunities for networking, education sessions (with the chance to earn Appraisal Institute and state continuing education credit), an awards ceremony, vendor exhibits and plenty of opportunities to explore Nashville.

Learn more about the AI Annual Conference and register today. Or watch the video.

AI Requests Appraisal Standards Board to Rework Q&As

As the real estate valuation profession’s leading advocacy group, the Appraisal Institute in an April 13 letter to the Appraisal Standards Board expressed concern that two Q&As may be amending Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice definitions and creating new requirements rather than interpreting USPAP itself. AI provided additional rationale at the ASB’s April 20 meeting, and further explanation and clarification are anticipated from the ASB on these issues.

The letter formally requested changes to or the retraction of the Q&As.

Learn more and read AI’s letter.

AI Expresses Opposition to Appraisal Waivers

In other advocacy news, I’m pleased to report that the Appraisal Institute on April 9 joined 25 organizations in submitting a letter to the Appraisal Subcommittee that expressed strong opposition to an appraisal waiver request from TriStar Bank. The ASC rejected the bank’s request April 23.

Read the letter.

Appraisal Institute Contributes at Major Industry Events

In keeping with the Appraisal Institute’s commitment to convey its thought leadership to real estate professionals and others, Immediate Past President and Acting CEO Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, served on a panel at the American Real Estate Society (commonly known as ARES) Annual Meeting, April 10-14, in Bonita Springs, Florida, on the relationship between universities and associations, and attracting new individuals into the valuation profession. AI also exhibited at this event.

Additionally, President-Elect Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, served on a panel at the VA Lender Conference, April 11, in Miami, regarding appraisals for loans from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and related legislative/regulatory issues.

AI Publishes Book on Arbitration

Adding to its world-renowned body of knowledge, the Appraisal Institute on April 3 published “Appraisers in Arbitration” by Paula K. Konikoff, JD, MAI, AI-GRS, with contributing author Peter T. Christensen, Esq.

The book provides a thorough introduction to arbitration and explores the various ways valuation professionals can provide services competently and ethically in this growing area of practice.

Learn more and purchase your copy.

Other News Around AI

And here’s some additional important news from the Appraisal Institute:

  • Registration is still open for AI’s seven-hour course, “Evaluating Commercial Leases: The Tenant and the Terms Both Matter,” on May 18 in Chicago, May 24 in Dublin, California, and June 1 in New York. Learn more and register.
  • If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to check out the latest quarterly editions of Valuation magazine and The Appraisal Journal, which contain timely and informative articles about relevant topics.
  • In case you missed it, the federal banking regulatory agencies raised the appraisal threshold for commercial transactions earlier this month. AI commented on the change.
  • The Appraisal Institute continues to grow its social media activities. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.