AI Seeks Proposals for Sessions at 2019 Annual Conference

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The Appraisal Institute has an excellent opportunity for valuation professionals and others to gain exposure at the organization’s biggest event of the year!

AI Seeks Proposals for Sessions at 2019 Annual Conference
The Appraisal Institute is seeking proposals by Dec. 3 for presentations at its 2019 Annual Conference, July 22-24, in Denver. The conference theme is “Climbing Even Higher.”

Attendees of previous AI Annual Conferences said they were particularly interested in these topics:

  • Client and user needs.
  • Best practices for business.
  • Appraisal data and technology issues.
  • Sustainability in real estate.
  • Residential practices and issues.
  • Market analysis.
  • International valuation.
  • Property rights issues.
  • Litigation support.
  • Supervisor/trainee education.
  • Valuation of cannabis operations and dispensaries.

Learn more about submitting a proposal.

General Services Administration Staff Take AI Education

As part of the Appraisal Institute’s ongoing Client Education program, Abe Saiidifar, MAI, AI-GRS, and Nick Hufford, MAI, have taught AI’s “Basic Appraisal Principles” course in house to realty staff at the General Services Administration during the past 18 months. This is just one example of how AI education reaches appraisal clients.

The course has been presented to approximately 200 GSA staff in Chicago; Denver; Fort Worth, Texas; New York; San Francisco; Seattle and Washington, D.C., with a Dec. 3 offering scheduled in Boston.

AI Online Qualifying Education Approved in New York

I’m glad to report that the Appraisal Institute now has all online qualifying education approved in New York. That state previously did not allow for online QE, but now does.

Specifically, AI offers all trainee, residential and general qualifying education courses online for New York appraisers. Learn more and see the available offerings.

Q3 2018 ‘Volunteer of Distinction’ Honorees Named

Congratulations to Charles G. Argianas, MAI, (Chicago Chapter); Bo Bass, MAI, (Atlanta Area Chapter); Jose A. Rodriguez-Martinez, SRA, AI-RRS, (Puerto Rico and Caribbean Chapter); R. Wayne Pugh, MAI, (Louisiana Chapter) and Leah Lasley Shell, SRA, (Arkansas Chapter), who the Appraisal Institute honored for their AI service as a “Volunteer of Distinction” for third quarter 2018.

Any AI professional may nominate another AI professional at

Check out the Nomination Form and Program Description.

AIERF to Help Hurricane Victims Needing Assistance

The Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation is available to assist Appraisal Institute professionals and their families who are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

Learn more about seeking assistance or making a donation.

AI Contributes at Major Industry Events

In keeping with the Appraisal Institute’s commitment to convey its thought leadership to real estate professionals and others, I presented at Valuation Expo, Sept. 30-Oct.3, in Las Vegas, on “What’s New at the Appraisal Institute.” AI also exhibited at this event.

Additionally, Vice President Jeff Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, spoke at the Iowa Commercial Real Estate Expo, Oct. 2, in Des Moines, Iowa, on “Issues Affecting the Appraisal Community.” And, President-Elect Stephen Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, represented AI at the American Society of Appraisers’ International Appraisers Conference, Oct. 7-10, in Anaheim, California.

I also was joined by Chief Executive Officer Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, in representing AI at Expo Real, Oct. 8-10, in Munich. Jeff also presented at the joint FECOVAL/UPAV/Pan Pacific/IRWA meeting, Oct. 8-13, in Tijuana, Mexico, on “State of the Appraisal Profession” and “AI Body of Knowledge.”

Then I presented at The European Group of Valuers Associations (commonly known as TEGoVA) Fall Meeting, Oct. 18-20,  in Athens, Greece, about “Prospective Values.” AI’s 2016 President Scott Robison, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, spoke on the organization’s behalf at Remnin University in Beijing on “Appraisal Review in the U.S.” and at the China Institute of Real Estate Appraisers and Agents Annual Meeting, Oct. 25-26, in Beijing, on “Impact and Opportunity of Technology-Based Valuations on the Valuation Profession.”

AI also exhibited at the Land Trust Alliance Rally, Oct. 11-13, in Pittsburgh, and at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Meeting, Oct. 14-17, in Washington, D.C.

Other News Around AI

And here’s some additional 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, which contain timely and informative articles about relevant topics.
  • AI posted a new video to its YouTube channel featuring Kevin Dumman, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, and Darwin Ernst, SRA, AI-RRS, re: why they like being an appraiser. Watch the video.
  • The Appraisal Institute continues to grow its social media activities. Be sure to follow AI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.