USPAP Optimization

stillThe Appraisal Institute’s latest video features Paula K. Konikoff, JD, MAI, AI-GRS, chair of AI’s Professional Standards and Guidance Committee, discussing ways in which the Uniform Standards of Professional Practice has become more rules-based and created unintended consequences.

 In the video, Konikoff explains that USPAP’s hard-and-fast requirements can make the appraisal process needlessly cumbersome, can result in unnecessary cost and can make an appraisal report less effective for its intended use. [Read more…]

Nashville Has it All!

The 2018 Appraisal Institute StillAnnual Conference will be held in Nashville July 30 – Aug. 1. Attendees will be able to experience all Music City has to offer while staying in one of the best destinations in the country.

Music City was listed among Frommer’s “Best Places to Go” in 2017. Travel and Leisure’s “Best Places to Travel” in 2017 and Travelocity’s “Best Places to Travel” in 2018. [Read more…]

Benefits of Working as an Appraiser Trainee

MelissaA mentor who is experienced and knowledgeable can help a young valuation professional get his or her career started off on the right foot. In the Appraisal Institute’s latest video, two AI Designated Members discuss the ways they benefited from their time as an appraiser trainee.

Heather Placer, MAI, SRA, shared that her mentor’s availability and expertise helped to prepare her for many of the challenges she’s encountered in her career. [Read more…]

Warm Up to Winterization Projects and Keep the Cold Away

house in winterThe temperature is dropping and some areas of the U.S. already have seen snowfall, but it’s not too late for consumers to prepare their home for winter and potentially enhance their property’s value.

One easy way to save money and maintain comfort in the property is to address drafts. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, $200 to $400 of annual energy expenses could be lost to drafts, air leaks or outdated heating and cooling systems. Consumers should seal any air leaks and insulate old doors and windows to save money this winter. [Read more…]

Gain Experience and Knowledge with Appraisal Institute Education

stillThe Appraisal Institute’s newest video highlights the organization’s education offerings, including four different platforms that make it easy for valuation professionals to advance their knowledge and experience.

AI has been the leader in real property appraiser education for 85 years. The organization’s education assists appraisers in gaining the foundation and fundamental concepts and methodologies that help them stand out from their peers. [Read more…]