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Appraisal Institute Scholarship Deadlines on Thursday (10/1)

The Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation offers scholarships for AI professionals pursuing designations and state certification. Specific offerings are available for minorities and women. Candidates for Designation and Practicing Affiliates should apply by the October 1 deadline.

The NCAI Scholarship Committee is available to answer any of your questions and guide you through the application process. Contact Scholarship Committee Chair Kelli Mayhew.

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Appraisal Institute Seeks to Expand Diversity, Combat Alleged Bias in Valuation

As our nation continues reflecting on important matters of racial justice, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today reiterated its efforts to expand opportunities for aspiring appraisers and help combat alleged bias in valuation.

The Appraisal Institute has several existing programs concentrating on this issue, including the Appraiser Diversity Pipeline Initiative with Fannie Mae and the National Urban League, along with the Minorities and Women Course Scholarship Program from the Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation.

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New Appraisal Institute Textbook Addresses Time-tested Valuation Principles for Today’s World

In the midst of a global pandemic and social justice concerns, the Appraisal Institute published “The Appraisal of Real Estate,” 15th edition. The textbook long has been recognized as the valuation profession’s most comprehensive source of information for appraisers and other real estate professionals.

“We find ourselves in a situation much like 2008 today, with a global pandemic and social justice concerns affecting all areas of the economy—and many other aspects of daily life—in the United States and around the world,” Appraisal Institute President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, wrote in the book’s foreword. “Today, appraisers and users of appraisal services do not know what the future will look like.”

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AI Seeks to Partner with TAF on Alleged Bias in Valuation

As you might have seen, two studies have been released in recent years that are gaining some attention in light of recent events in Minneapolis and elsewhere. The Brookings Institution conducted a study on racial wealth gaps attributable to valuation processes. It does not review appraisals, but uses Zillow and owner estimates of value to draw inferences about appraisal. Another report was published by the American Sociological Society, which interviews several field appraisers and takes issue with appraisal neighborhood/location adjustment processes.

The body of knowledge is well established and accepted. The appraisal process is rigorous, and we must defend it to the greatest extent possible. People (and appraisers) are not perfect. We can do more to reinforce existing requirements and to help illuminate important issues. That spirit is central to our Aug. 20 letter to TAF and to the actions we are taking to improve education and awareness.

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AI Board of Directors Approves 45-Day Notice Item on Agenda During August Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors adopted one 45-Day Notice item on its agenda during its Aug. 6-7 meeting, which was conducted via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Board adopted the proposed amendments to Appraisal Institute Regulation No. 4 regarding streamlining the requirements for readmission to Designated Membership. The 45-Day Notice was distributed to Appraisal Institute professionals June 22.

The Board also voted to send to 45-Day Notice proposed amendments to the Appraisal Institute Bylaws regarding the Audit Committee. Additionally, a project team will be created to study potential changes to Appraisal Institute Bylaws, policies and procedures regarding the nomination and election process for vice president.

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Craig Steinley Elected 2021 Appraisal Institute Vice President

Craig Steinley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was elected 2021 vice president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers Thursday by its Board of Directors during the Board’s virtual meeting.

Steinley’s one-year term at the Appraisal Institute will begin Jan. 1, followed by one year each as president-elect, president and immediate past president. He will serve on AI’s Executive Committee and the policy-making Board of Directors all four years. He also will chair the Finance Committee in 2021 and the National Nominating Committee in 2024.

“I feel privileged to have been elected vice president of the Appraisal Institute, and I’m excited to help guide the organization through these unusual times,” Steinley said. “I look forward to working hard for valuation professionals in the United States and around the world.”

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Appraisal Institute Cancels 2020 LDAC Conference, Looks Forward to Resuming in 2021

The Appraisal Institute on July 29 announced that it is canceling its 2020 Leadership Development and Advisory Council conference, which had been scheduled for Oct. 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The conference originally was to take place in May, but had been pushed back due to concerns about the coronavirus.
 
The LDAC Planning Committee and AI staff said the decision to cancel this year’s conference is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of LDAC participants due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. They cited input from conference registrants, as well as guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local authorities and others.  
 
The Appraisal Institute is planning on a successful LDAC conference next year, which is scheduled for May 19-21 in Washington.  

Appraisal Institute Opens Registration for 2021 VP Presentations and Board Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors will hold an election for the 2021 vice president during the morning session of its third quarter meeting Aug. 6 and host a general open session in the afternoon. Registration is open for both meetings. 
 
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. CDT, and the vice president nominees will make their presentations to the Board at the start. Once the presentations have concluded, the Board will go into Executive Session. AI professionals who have registered to attend this meeting will be able to rejoin it at approximately noon CDT for the election of the vice president.
 
AI professionals must register for all meetings they wish to attend. If you wish to attend the vice president presentations and election beginning at 9 a.m. CDT and the general open session beginning at approximately 1 p.m. CDT, you will need to register for both. Please note that space is limited.
 
 
 
You will receive a confirmation email with your own unique link to join a session once you have registered.
 

AI Urges Swift Passage of Appraisal Portal Legislation

The Appraisal Institute sent a letter urging swift passage of the Portal for Appraisal Licensing Act of 2020 in the 116th Congress, which would amend the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 to establish a portal for appraisal credentialing and AMC registration information, and for other purposes.

“Appraisers need help reducing their administrative burdens and servicing clients, particularly in a socially distant workplace where clients may be located in other states,” said Appraisal Institute President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS.

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Recap: NCAI Connect - Update from AI Leadership

Last week, NCAI was joined by Appraisal Institute President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, and Chief Executive Officer Jim Amorin, CAE, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS who spoke with members about the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the Appraisal Institute, individual appraisers, and the valuation profession, how AI is facing these issues, and projected what the future of the industry looks like. Click here or on the image below to view the recording.

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NCAI Member Cal Morgan Appointed to NCAB

The North Carolina Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (NCAI) has been informed that Jack C. (Cal) Morgan III, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, has been appointed to the North Carolina Appraisal Board (NCAB) by Tim Moore, NC House Speaker. We congratulate Cal on his appointment, and we thank him for his willingness to be a leader in the appraisal industry. We wish you well in this endeavor, and we know you will continue to promote the highest standards for real estate appraisal practice in the protection of the public trust. 

Cal is a graduate of the College of Charleston, in Charleston, SC. He has over 20 years of experience in real estate appraisal, construction, and investment analysis. He is the owner of JC Morgan Company in Wilmington, NC, which provides appraisal services as well as consulting and litigation support services. Cal is also a NC licensed general contractor and NC real estate broker. He served on the NC Property Tax Commission from 2013 to 2017 and currently serves as the Chairman of the Wilmington Zoning Board of Adjustment. Cal lives in Wilmington with his wife Seanna and their three children.

Congratulations Cal!

AI Webinar - Is it Too Early to Evaluate Pandemic Impact on Real Estate Valuation?

The Appraisal Institute has assembled a stellar lineup of appraisers from the Top 10 Metropolitan Statistical Areas to help investors, developers, brokers, and other industry stakeholders understand initial buyer and seller reaction to COVID-19.

Residential real estate appraisers from across the country will summarize initial observations and identify considerations that appraisers will evaluate in the near and long term. We will also discuss trends in rural markets, appraiser reaction to policy changes of the GSEs, FHA and VA, and the dynamics with employee relocation appraisals, which require forecasting.

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AI ANSWERS: Weekly Updates from the World's Leading Valuation Authority

Now available!  Last week's AI Answers features a discussion with Lyle Radke, director of collateral policy at Fannie Mae. We received information on a range of issues, including a partnership between AI and Fannie Mae on diversity in the appraisal profession, the strong performance of appraisers in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what's ahead for Fannie Mae for the remainder of the year.  

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AI ANSWERS: Weekly Updates from the World's Leading Valuation Authority

Now available!  This week's AI Answers features a discussion with Lyle Radke, director of collateral policy at Fannie Mae. We received information on a range of issues, including a partnership between AI and Fannie Mae on diversity in the appraisal profession, the strong performance of appraisers in the COVID-19 pandemic, and what's ahead for Fannie Mae for the remainder of the year.

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AI Board of Directors Approves Both 45-Day Notice Items on Agenda During Meeting

The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors adopted both 45-Day Notice items on its agenda during its May 7 meeting, which was conducted via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.
 
The Board of Directors adopted a 45-Day Notice item regarding proposed amendments to Appraisal Institute Regulation No. 5 regarding use of Appraisal Institute designations by non-practicing Designated Members. The Board also adopted the other 45-Day Notice item on its agenda, addressing proposed amendments to the Appraisal Institute Code of Professional Ethics and relevant governing documents relating to the deletion of “Service” as a defined term, the addition of the term "Valuation Practice” and the resultant conforming changes to other terms.
 
The 45-Day Notice including both items was distributed to Appraisal Institute professionals March 23.
 
The Board also approved two items for inclusion in an upcoming 45-Day Notice. The first item addressed proposed amendments to Regulation No. 4 regarding streamlining requirements for readmission to designated membership. The second item addressed proposed amendments to Regulation Nos. 1, 2 and 3 regarding the college degree requirement for the Appraisal Institute’s MAI, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. 
 
AI professionals are currently scheduled to receive the 45-Day Notice in mid-June. 
 
In other actions, the AI Board of Directors:
  • Approved appointments to the recently created University Relations Committee;
  • Approved an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Women’s Initiative Committee; and
  • Approved the transfer of funds from AI’s reserve fund to its operating fund.
The Appraisal Institute Board of Directors is next scheduled to meet Aug. 5-6.

National Nominating Committee Nominates Craig Steinley as 2021 AI Vice President

Craig Steinley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, of Rapid City, South Dakota, was nominated for 2021 Appraisal Institute vice president by the AI National Nominating Committee at its May 6 meeting, which was held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic.

National Nominating Committee Chair Stephen S. Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, submitted the committee’s nomination to the AI Board of Directors at its May 7 meeting. Board members may file petitions for additional nominees in accordance with the Appraisal Institute Bylaws. The AI Board of Directors is expected to elect the 2021 vice president at its Aug. 5-6 meeting.

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NEW VIDEO: Appraisal Institute Designated Members Discuss Mentoring Trainees

The Appraisal Institute is devoted to helping appraisers reach their highest potential and making sure they have all the knowledge needed to work in the valuation profession, according to the latest video from the organization. In the video, Tonia Vailas, MAI, AI-GRS, and Michael V. Tankersley, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, share their experiences working with trainees.

These appraisers discuss what steps they are taking to make sure their trainees succeed in the profession and the best ways that trainees can find licensed appraisers to work alongside.

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Second Round of Small Business Funding Approved

President Trump on April 24 signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, bipartisan legislation that provides $320 billion in additional funding for small businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The Small Business Administration started accepting applications April 27, and already has approved more than 100,000 loans.

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Credit Unions Allow Appraisals to be Delayed 4 Months

Federal banking regulators last week moved to allow banks to delay getting an appraisal on a property for as many as 120 days after a mortgage closes, and now, credit unions can do the same thing.

In order to “allow credit unions to expeditiously extend liquidity to creditworthy households and businesses in light of recent strains on the U.S. economy as a result of the National Emergency declared in connection with coronavirus disease,” the National Credit Union Administration will allow credit unions to postpone obtaining an appraisal until four months after a mortgage closes.

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TODAY: AI ANSWERS - Join the Appraisal Institute's weekly Facebook Live session

Be sure to attend this week's AI Answers, a one-hour Facebook Live session on current affairs affecting appraisers. Adam Johnston, SRA, AI-RRS, of Genworth Mortgage Insurance, will discuss strengths and weaknesses of residential appraisal virtual inspection applications, and Justin Glasser, MAI, of Cushman & Wakefield Valuation and Advisory, will address impairment accounting considerations. 

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