AI Proud of Support for Chapters, Appraisers Around the Country

The Appraisal Institute works closely with its nearly 80 chapters around the country to help create opportunities for AI professionals and others to enhance their business success. That’s the subject of the On Point column in Valuation magazine’s first quarter 2019 issue.

The column from AI President Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, addresses the organization’s support of its chapters’ efforts through events, education, networking and administrative backing. Specific items of discussion include the Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference in Washington, D.C., the Chapter Leadership Program and local events that often are open to all valuation professionals.

Read On Point to learn more about AI’s ongoing efforts, and check out the other informative articles and columns in Valuation magazine’s first quarter 2019 issue.

 

Registration Opens for 2019 AI Annual Conference

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I’m proud to tell you that AI has established a terrific partnership with Freddie Mac that could help appraisers expand their business opportunities! Here’s more about that, and other news, from the past month.

AI and Freddie Mac to Teach Valuation of Manufactured Homes

The Appraisal Institute and Freddie Mac on March 6 announced a partnership targeted to help real estate appraisers when valuing manufactured housing.

The Appraisal Institute’s partnership with Freddie Mac will provide practical appraisal training to all appraisers, as well as specifically-targeted training and case studies to address manufactured housing valuation assignments for Freddie Mac’s CHOICEHomeSM.

Freddie Mac and the Appraisal Institute will offer more than 60 educational opportunities in classroom settings in nearly 30 states through November; online classes also will be offered. The first classes will be held April 16 (Dallas), April 23 (Atlanta), April 25 (Charlotte, North Carolina) and May 7 (Detroit).

Get the details about this fantastic partnership!

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Entrepreneur, Artist, Accident Survivor to Keynote AI Annual Conference

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I’m very pleased to tell you that the Appraisal Institute has selected an excellent keynote speaker for its 2019 Annual Conference! Here’s more about that, and other news, from the past month.

Entrepreneur, Artist, Accident Survivor to Keynote AI Annual Conference

Allison Massari – an entrepreneur, celebrated artist and executive coach named on the “Best Keynote Speakers List” by Meetings & Conventions magazine – will be the keynote speaker at the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference on July 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Denver.

As the survivor of two life-threatening car accidents, severe burns and a traumatic head injury, she exposes her personal journey from absolute loss, to forgiveness and understanding, and finally to success and a life beyond anything she could have imagined. Her message is focused on showing her audience how to find peace, purpose and happiness, and giving them the tools they need to rise above any obstacle.

I hope you’ll join me at the AI Annual Conference, which will feature informative speakers, numerous opportunities for networking, continuing education (with the chance to earn Appraisal Institute and state continuing education credit), an awards ceremony, exhibits of cutting-edge products and services, and abundant opportunities to explore Denver.

Learn more about the AI Annual Conference. Registration opens in late March.

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Appraisal Institute Updates Key Education Offering

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I’m pleased to share that AI has further enhanced its world-class body of knowledge!

Appraisal Institute Updates Key Education Offering

Registration is now open for “General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach.” I encourage you to check out this refreshed and revised course!

“General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach” is a practical, hands-on, 30-hour course that concerns two basic aspects of real estate appraisal: land/site valuation; and the development of the cost approach. Learn more about the program and register.

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AI Opposes Proposed CRE Appraisal Threshold Increase

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I’m proud to report that AI is continuing its advocacy on critical valuation issues!

AI Opposes Proposed CRE Appraisal Threshold Increase

I hope you noticed that the Appraisal Institute joined 17 other organizations Dec. 4 in saying it “strongly opposed” the National Credit Union Administration’s plan to reduce the number of non-residential real estate loans requiring appraisals.

AI said it opposed the NCUA’s proposal to quadruple – from $250,000 to $1 million – the appraisal threshold for non-residential real estate loans.

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4 Social Media Tips for Appraisers

Appraisers who already participate in the social media space know the benefits for their business. But, how about those who haven’t started, or want to expand their current efforts?

Beyond standard posting and sharing, there are numerous ways social media can help enhance the reputation of an appraisal business. Here are four easy ways appraisers can successfully build, or expand, their social media efforts:

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Last Chance to Submit Proposals for 2019 Annual Conference

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Interested in presenting at the Appraisal Institute’s 2019 Annual Conference? The proposal submission deadline is almost here!

Last Chance to Submit Proposals for 2019 Annual Conference
The Appraisal Institute is seeking proposals by 5 p.m. CST Dec. 3 for presentations at its 2019 Annual Conference, July 22-24, in Denver. The conference theme is “Climbing Even Higher.”

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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.”

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Appraisal Institute Opposes Bills Raising Thresholds for SBA Loans

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I’m excited to report that the Appraisal Institute has once again enhanced its role as the valuation profession’s thought leader! 

Appraisal Institute Opposes Bills Raising Thresholds for SBA Loans

Once again, the Appraisal Institute’s advocacy efforts are at the forefront of the profession. AI urged the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 24 to turn back legislation that would virtually eliminate appraisal requirements for the Small Business Administration’s two largest loan programs.

In its letter to Congress, AI said the legislation – which passed the House on voice votes – may result in the elimination of nearly all appraisal requirements in one of the highest risk lending programs in the United States. AI will continue its opposition in the Senate.

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