Last month, I was pleased to let you know that AI secured an outstanding keynoter for this year’s Annual Meeting. Well, we’ve continued the excitement this month by lining up two excellent general session speakers.
AI Announces Annual Meeting General Session Speakers
The Appraisal Institute announced March 11 that Edward J. Pinto, co-director of the American Enterprise Institute’s International Center on Housing Risk, and Susan Talley, immediate past chair of the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, will be general session speakers at its 2015 Annual Meeting this summer.
Pinto will present “Appraisal Theory: Back to Fundamentals,” and Talley will present “Valuing Lawyers: How a Client’s Legal Team Can Improve the Valuation Process.” As previously announced, this year’s keynote speaker will be Dewitt Jones, a 20-year National Geographic and advertising photographer, two-time Academy Award-nominated director, author of nine books and a creativity expert.
The Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting, to be held July 27-29 in Dallas, will feature a wide variety of panel discussions, and 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.
AI Analyzes, Compiles Rules on Appraiser Background Checks
The Appraisal Institute announced March 11 that it has analyzed and compiled all state licensing and certification statutes and regulations pertaining to background checks for applicants applying for appraiser credentials. This information has been published in the special report “State Requirements Regarding Background Checks for Real Estate Appraisers.”
The 76-page report is free to Appraisal Institute professionals and available for purchase for $50 by others interested in receiving a copy. Find information on downloading or purchasing the report.
AI Accepting Nominations for 2 Annual Awards
The Appraisal Institute announced March 2 that it is accepting nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Outstanding Service Award. Nominations for both annual awards are due May 29. The announcement and award presentations will take place at the Appraisal Institute’s 2015 Annual Meeting in Dallas, July 27-29.
The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an individual who best demonstrates high ethical standards; contributes to the Appraisal Institute at the chapter, regional, national, and/or international level(s); provides service to his or her community; and contributes to the appraisal profession. A minimum 20 years of service is recommended to be eligible for this award.
The Outstanding Service Award is presented to a Designated member who has contributed ideas, service hours and dedication to ensure that a specific program or effort is implemented at either the chapter, regional, national and/or international level(s). This Designated member must be instrumental to the success of the program or effort, which also must be far enough along to measure and provide proof of success. Additionally, the program or effort must be beneficial to chapters, regions, national, international Designated members, Candidates for Designation, Affiliates, Practicing Affiliates and/or the profession.
Find more information on the awards and the nomination process.
AI Continues Collateral Underwriter Efforts
As I reported to you in last month’s message, AI continues to assess Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter and its impact on the appraisal process. We regularly meet with members of Congress about mortgage and real estate valuation matters, and several members of the House and Senate have asked for information about the impact of CU since its release.
In response, AI submitted testimony to the Senate Committee on Banking highlighting several long-term concerns, among several other policy issues. Read AI’s testimony.
Also, if you haven’t already done so, check out the Collateral Underwriter Implementation section within the AI Communities of Practice and learn more about providing feedback via the CoP. Contact Isaac Surgick in the Washington office at firstname.lastname@example.org to gain access to the COP.
AI Enhances Thought Leadership, Attends Key Industry Events
In keeping with the Appraisal Institute’s commitment to convey its thought leadership to valuation professionals and others, the organization was represented at the Geographic Information System/Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal Technologies Conference, March 2-5, in Oklahoma City, hosted by the International Association of Assessing Officers and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. I was joined by AI Communications Director Ken Chitester for a media tour, March 10, in Los Angeles, where we met with national media contacts and local AI professionals. President-Elect Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, and I addressed attendees of the HypZert Conference, March 18-19, in Frankfurt, Germany. HypZert is Germany’s leading national organization for valuers working in real estate valuation and analysis in the financial industry with international partners.
Other News Around AI
And here’s some other important news from the Appraisal Institute:
- If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to check out the latest quarterly editions of Valuation magazine and The Appraisal Journal, both of which contain timely and informative articles about relevant topics.
- AI posted a new video to its YouTube channel, which shares details about the 2015 Annual Meeting. Check out the latest video.
- If you haven’t yet taken one of the offerings in AI’s Valuation of Sustainable Buildings professional development program, I encourage you to do so, which will allow your name to be added to the residential and/or commercial green registries.
- The Appraisal Institute continues to grow its social media presence. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Best wishes for a prosperous month!