Why Join the Appraisal Institute?

In the Appraisal Institute’s latest video, the organization invited Jim Murrett, MAI, SRA, to talk about the value of earning his Appraisal Institute designations and how his career has benefited as a result.

AI: Why did you become a Designated member of the Appraisal Institute?

JM: I decided to pursue my MAI and SRA designations so that I could operate at the top level of the valuation profession. At that time, I needed to differentiate myself from my peers. I’m also a strong supporter of the Appraisal Institute’s stringent requirements for its Designated members. It really is about increasing the professionalism of appraisers.

AI: How have you benefited from being a Designated member of the Appraisal Institute?ai_designations1

JM: My career began in the appraisal department of a financial institution. I knew that to be promoted to a senior position with that bank, or any other, I needed to earn the MAI designation. I did, and ultimately was named chief appraiser for a national financial institution.

Recently, I joined a full service national fee appraisal company as their director of appraisal standards. Part of the job requirements was that the individual have an MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute. Having the designation indicates to our company’s clients that my education and experience have exceeded the requirements for state certification.

Having the MAI and SRA designations have given me the experience and opportunity to become a trusted and reliable source for others in the valuation profession. [Read more…]

What’s New in Real Estate Valuation Education

In the organization’s latest video, the Appraisal Institute invited Craig Harrington, SRA, chair of the AI’s Education Committee, to discuss what’s new in AI’s real estate valuation education offerings, which include classroom and online courses, seminars and webinars covering commercial, residential and combined topics. The AI also addresses the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, commonly known as USPAP. [Read more…]

AI’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum: What Appraisers Need to Know

The Appraisal Institute’s Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum is intended to help analyze values of energy-efficient home features and is the first form of its kind intended for appraisers’ use. The Appraisal Institute originally issued its form in 2greenhome011 as an optional addendum to Fannie Mae Form 1004, which is the appraisal profession’s most widely used form for mortgage lending purposes. [Read more…]

Appraisal Institute Discusses Goals for 2013 in Latest YouTube Video

President Richard L. Borges II, MAI, SRA, discusses the Appraisal Institute’s goals and priorities for 2013, including implementing the Candidate for Designation program; addressing changing appraiser demographics; enhancing appraiser education; instituting the Review Designations program; and combating unwarranted regulation in the appraisal profession.

Watch the latest YouTube video to learn more.

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