AI Responds to Appraisal Foundation Letter

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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.

Read more about AI’s efforts. [Read more…]

Tips for Year-end Tax Preparation

As 2014 draws to a close and appraisers prepare to put another business year behind them, it’s important they compile their tax documents.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, owners need to consider federal and state tax issues.


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Whether it’s knowing how spending impacts tax bills, in which year to incur expenses or understanding accrual and cash basis, appraisers and other small business owners have a lot to consider to help ensure the creation of a successful tax strategy. [Read more…]

Taking Valuation Abroad

The Appraisal Institute recently invited Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA, 2014 President of the Appraisal Institute; Leslie P. Sellers, MAI, SRA, 2014 Chair of AI’s International Relations Committee; and Frederick H. Grubbe, CAE, to discuss AI’s international efforts. They talked about AI’s growing global presence and outreach abroad.

AI: What is the Appraisal Institute’s global presence?USA flag pin in international collection

KW: Appraisal Institute professionals live and work in nearly 60 countries on six continents.

AI: Who are the Appraisal Institute professionals who live and work abroad?

LS: Appraisal Institute professionals outside the United States and its territories engage in a wide variety of practices, and many are highly credentialed.

KW: Nearly half of all AI professionals outside the U.S. and its territories hold the MAI designation.

FG: And organizations in at least four countries have expressed interest in AI providing its educational offerings, including China, Kuwait, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. [Read more…]

Appraisal Institute Adopts 2015 Budget

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Appraisal Institute Adopts 2015 Budget

The Appraisal Institute adopted its budget for next year among other actions taken during the Board of Directors’ November 20-21 meeting in Chicago.

The Board voted to amend existing policy to allow eligible Practicing Affiliates, upon application for admission to the Candidate for Designation program, to receive a credit for one previously-taken designation education course under certain conditions. Those individuals also would be granted a monetary credit applied toward Candidate fees in some situations. Additionally, the Board voted to maintain the 2015 chapter funding of Candidates for Designation and Practicing Affiliates at 2014 levels.

The Board also approved the 45-Day Notice shared with Appraisal Institute professionals October 6, which included proposed amendments to Regulation No. 2 regarding requirements for the SRA designation. The 45-Day Notice also included further amendments to the preamble to the AI Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the preamble to the AI Code of Professional Ethics, in addition to various amendments to other documents. The changes to the Code of Professional Ethics and Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice are effective January 1.

The Board also voted to send to 45-Day Notice proposed revisions of SRA designation requirements and proposed amendments to Regulations Nos. 1, 2 and 3 to make certain language in these Regulations consistent. Additionally, the Board voted to send to 45-Day Notice a proposal to eliminate the minimum length of candidacy required for general and review Candidates for Designation who do not already hold an Appraisal Institute designation. The Board also voted to send to 45-Day Notice a proposal to eliminate AI continuing education requirements for Candidates for Designation.

The Appraisal Institute’s Board of Directors is next scheduled to meet February 19-20 in Chicago. [Read more…]

Tips for Mobilizing an Appraisal Business

With 2015 just around the corner and mobile technology becoming more prevalent in the workplace every day, now would be a good time for appraisers to mobilize their businesses.

In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration says advances in technology are made each day that provide additional opportunities and challenges for small business owners seeking to mobilize their companies.

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Market for mobility

One of the primary areas where small business owners, such as appraisers, can benefit from mobilization is marketing. Whether it’s making a website mobile friendly, communicating with potential clients via text message or engaging in social media, having a mobile marketing presence is a key to success in today’s marketplace. In fact, a recent survey found that 80 percent of small business owners are leveraging mobile technology for work. [Read more…]

AI Seeks Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting Educational Sessions

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AI Seeks Proposals for 2015 Annual Meeting Educational Sessions

The Appraisal Institute is seeking proposals by December 31 for panel sessions and presentations for its 2015 Annual Meeting. AI Connect is looking for highly skilled speakers who can address issues and topics of interest to the valuation profession. All panels/presentations will be assigned to one or more of the following tracks:

  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • General
  • Institutional Client
  • Attorney Client

Learn more about submitting a presentation. [Read more…]

Tips for Appraising Gifted Real Estate

According to the annual report from Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School, charitable giving in the U.S. rose to an all-time record in 2013 to more than $335 billion.

A recent article in Valuation magazine, Gifting for Good, addressed the opportunities that exist for appraisers in the growing area of donating real estate and also shared some strategies for securing assignments and avoiding potential pitfalls.

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How is fair market value determined relative to gifted real estate? Where do comps fit in? What about unusual market conditions? IRS Publication 561 answers these, and other key questions for appraisers and is a must-read prior to accepting any related assignment. [Read more…]

How Appraisers Can Help Consumers Buy a Manufactured Home

Manufactured housing is one of the fastest-growing housing markets in the U.S., and, according to the Manufactured Housing Institute, more than one in 10 single-family housing starts was a manufactured home in 2013.

Interested homebuyers should enlist the help of a qualified real estate appraiser to consider the advantages of purchasing a manufactured home over a traditional build and determine if taking the prefab route is worth the investment in the long run.

Are manufactured homes cost-efficient?FEMA Orders Mobile Homes For Katrina Victims
Depending on the region of the country, construction cost-per-square-foot for a new manufactured home averages 25 to 30 percent less than costs for a comparable site-built home. (As appraisers know well, cost does not necessarily equal value.)

But what about appreciation? Just like a traditional build, there’s no guarantee that the value of a manufactured home will always appreciate — that’s dependent on outside economic factors and varies by region. However, independent appraisal studies confirm that simplybuying a manufactured home won’t hurt resale value or reduce resale prospects compared to a site-built home. [Read more…]