AI Seeks Proposals for 2017 Conference’s Educational Sessions


It’s hard to believe that we’re in the fourth quarter of 2016!  This year has really flown by, and I hope that this message finds your business doing well.

Do you have strong expertise in a specific valuation practice area? Have you ever considered sharing that knowledge with your fellow appraisers and others? If so, I’d like to encourage you to consider submitting a presentation proposal for the 2017 International Valuation Conference.

AI Seeks Proposals for 2017 Conference’s Educational Sessions

The Appraisal Institute is still seeking presentation proposals for the 2017 International Valuation Conference, to be held June 8-11, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and hosted by AI and the Appraisal Institute of Canada. But hurry: the deadline is now 11:59 p.m. CDT November 4.

The submission process is very user-friendly, and doesn’t require too much time. So, if you have an idea, I highly encourage you to submit it for consideration.

Participants of the 2016 AI Annual Conference identified high interest in the following topics:

  • New technology and resources;
  • Expert testimony;
  • Appraisal review trends for appraisers and lenders;
  • Green buildings;
  • Market analysis;
  • Review expectations and regulatory impact;
  • International valuation; and
  • Property rights.

Learn more about submitting a presentation.

AI Publishes Book on Golf Course Valuation

The Appraisal Institute announced October 18 that it has published “Golf Property Analysis and Valuation: A Modern Approach” by Laurence A. Hirsh, MAI.

The author discusses market segments for golf properties, design considerations, and ownership and management structures of golf courses and clubs, in addition to types, styles and layouts of golf courses. The text also focuses on methods of valuing golf properties, as well as common problems and issues that appraisers encounter.

Learn more and order your copy.

AI to Premiere Latest Review Education Course

The Appraisal Institute now offers four courses for individuals interested in pursuing a review designation.

Attendees of the “Review Case Studies – Residential” course will apply the review process learned in “Review Theory Residential” by walking through a case study that focuses on a two-stage review assignment.

“Review Case Studies – Residential,” which is the newest offering in AI’s review designation education line-up, premieres December 12-13 in Chicago.

Learn more about the course, as well as other currently-scheduled dates and locations.

AI, European Group Sign Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Appraisal Institute on October 26 announced it has entered into a landmark agreement with The European Group of Valuers’ Associations, known as TEGoVA, to mutually recognize the professional excellence of each other’s standards, ethics and qualifications.

Learn more about the agreement.

AI Participates in Key Industry Events

In keeping with the Appraisal Institute’s commitment to convey its thought leadership to real estate professionals and others, I was joined by 2016 President-Elect Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, and Chief Executive Officer Fred Grubbe, MBA, CAE, at Expo Real, October 4-6, in Munich, Germany.

Additionally, 2016 Immediate Past President Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA, and 2017 Vice President Stephen Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, attended the Federation of Valuers, AC, (known as FECOVAL) Congress, October 4-8, in Hermosillo, Mexico. Lance and 2016 Vice President Jim Murrett, MAI, SRA, also represented AI at the HypZert Conference, October 12-13, in Bonn, Germany.

I was joined by 2014 AI President Ken Wilson, MAI, SRA, at the Union of Pan American Valuers Conference, October 19-21, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where we presented on appraisal review in the U.S. Jim Murrett, Lance and Fred attended The European Group of Valuers Association (known as TEGoVA) Fall Meeting, October 20-22, in Dublin, Ireland. I also participated in the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials Fall Conference, October 21-24, in Washington, D.C., where I presented on experience requirements for appraisers.

AI also exhibited at the Greenbuild Expo, October 5-6, in Los Angeles; the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention & Expo, October 23-26, in Boston; and the Land Trust Alliance Rally, October 28-30, in Minneapolis.

Other News Around AI

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

The Appraisal Institute continues to grow its social media presence. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.