VIDEO: How Appraisal Institute Designations Can Enhance Career Opportunities

In the Appraisal Institute’s latest video, three Designated members discuss how receiving their AI designations have helped advance their careers by giving them access to networking, education and the advantage of being seen as experts in their fields.

The video includes interviews with:

  • Ivette Collins, MAI;
  • Allen W. Gardiner, MAI, SRA; and
  • Nicholas Pilz, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS.

Watch the video to learn more, and tell us how your Appraisal Institute designation has helped your career.

Video: Appraisal Institute Supports Appraiser Success

For more than 80 years, the Appraisal Institute has been dedicated to upholding the highest standards in the valuation profession. Its nearly 21,000 professionals in almost 60 countries around the world are committed to excellence. They rely on AI to provide them with the tools that position them for success. AI is a global leader in appraisal education, as well as the world’s largest publisher of appraisal literature and a powerful legislative voice for appraisers and the valuation profession.

The Appraisal Institute provides the support to help appraisers move the valuation profession forward and:

  • Bring value to clients;
  • Explore new opportunities;
  • Overcome obstacles;
  • Become visionaries and
  • Commit to excellence.

Watch the video to learn more about how the Appraisal Institute contributes to the success of appraisers and the valuation profession.

AI Provides Tools for Professional Growth, Success

laptopWith an Appraisal Institute designation behind their names, valuation professionals know they are likely to be recognized immediately for their knowledge, experience and integrity. But besides bestowing designations on qualified professionals, the Appraisal Institute provides tools and resources that can help appraisers take their businesses to the next level. Many of these resources are available to AI professionals at discounted rates or free of charge.

In addition to pursuing a designation, here are some of the benefits of being an AI professional:

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5 Tips to Help Ensure a Credible Appraisal

comparablesThe appraisal process can mystify homeowners. They may not understand why an expensive renovation added so little to the value of their home, or why the house across the street has a higher asking price. That feeling can be minimized when consumers realize there are actions they can take to help during the appraisal process. Here are four tips to share with homeowners that can lead to a credible opinion of value:

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5 Tips to Elevate A Company’s Social Media Outreach

Appraisers, like those in many other professions, have learned that social media is now a must-have for conducting business. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms offer valuation professionals the opportunity to engage their target audiences, brand their companies and potentially develop reputations as experts.

laptopBeyond basic posting and linking, there are many ways social media can help increase the effectiveness of an organization’s online presence. Here are five simple ways appraisers can enhance their social media sites:

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Tips for Success in ‘Green’ Valuation

The future for residential and commercial properties shows that all lights are “green” for energy-efficient valuation. As green and energy-efficient buildings become increasingly mainstream, appraisers who are regarded as knowledgeable and experienced in this area of practice Green_Valuation_1may find new opportunities for assignments.

The majority of construction firms of single-family homes responding to a McGraw-Hill Construction survey reported that more than 15 percent of their projects are green, with that number expected to rise to 84 percent by 2018. Green also is growing in commercial construction with 40 to 48 percent of nonresidential construction being classified in that category.

The Appraisal Institute is providing the tools appraisers need to hone their skills, to be recognized as leaders in green valuation and to provide clients with the most current information available.

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AI Responds to Appraisal Foundation Letter


June 26, 2015

Dear Appraisal Institute Colleague:

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the Appraisal Institute’s response to The Appraisal Foundation’s “Legislative Alert,” I encourage you to read it.

AI Addresses The Appraisal Foundation’s Letter on Federal Regulations

Earlier this month, you may have received or at least heard of a letter from The Appraisal Foundation titled “Legislative Alert.” This letter contained inaccurate and incomplete information.

The Appraisal Institute has maintained a full-time staff and office in Washington, D.C., for decades. With the guidance and direction of the Board and the Government Relations Committee, AI consistently protects the interests of not just AI professionals, but all valuation professionals, at the state and federal government levels.

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Appraisal Institute Presents Six National Awards

Two members received the Lifetime Achievement Award and four others received the President’s Award during the Appraisal Institute Annual Meeting Aug. 3 in Coronado, Calif.

Jay M. Massey, MAI, SRA, of Dallas and F. Gregory Opelka, MAI, SREA, SRPA, SRA, of Glenview, Ill., received the Lifetime Achievement Award. President’s Award recipients were Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, of Austin, Texas; Leslie P. Sellers, MAI, SRA, of Clinton, Tenn.; John P. Wintrol, Esq. of Washington, D.C., and the Appraisal Institute staff.

The Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an Appraisal Institute member who demonstrates high ethical standards; has volunteered several years of service and has contributed to the Appraisal Institute on the international, national, regional and/or chapter level; has served his or her community; and has contributed to the appraisal profession for at least 20 years. [Read more…]

Appraisal Institute Launches YouTube Channel

Be sure to check out the Appraisal Institute’s new YouTube channel that launched April 2. YouTube is AI’s latest entry into the social media space, joining the organization’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn sites, along with the “Opinions of Value” blog.

Click here to view the Appraisal Institute’s first YouTube video featuring AI President Sara W. Stephens, MAI, discussing the 2012 Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The creation of the YouTube channel allows AI to continue to interact with its key audiences and to become part of a very active social media platform. Sixty hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, and more than 4 billion videos are viewed each day. More than 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month, and 100 million people take a social action on YouTube (such as likes, shares and comments) every week.

Be sure to visit often to view Appraisal Institute videos on topics of interest to members, consumers and anyone connected to the real estate valuation profession.

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