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Flood Insurance Reform Will Increase Premiums for 1.1 Million Properties

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Apr 16, 2014 4:38:00 PM

The following is a guest blog post by Joseph H. Guerry, MAI, SRA, owner, the Guerry Group.

Recent legislation has brought new attention to the National Flood Insurance Program, and the reform has raised new questions for appraisers.

The National Flood Insurance Program was created by Congress in 1968 to enable property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance protection from the government against losses from flooding. 

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Topics: Legislative, Legislation, FEMA, Flood Zone, Flood Insurance, Biggert-Waters

What Appraisers Need to Know About Insurance Replacement Valuation

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Apr 10, 2014 3:24:00 PM

In the organization’s latest video, the Appraisal Institute invited Patricia Staebler, SRA, and Larry Golicz, MAI, to discuss why insurance replacement valuation should be important to appraisers, opportunities for appraisal work in this area and common misconceptions about insurance appraisals.

AI: Why should insurance replacement valuation be important to appraisers?

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Topics: Insurance Replacement Valuation

What Should Appraisers Know About Right-of-Way Valuation Assignments?

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Apr 3, 2014 11:24:54 AM

In the organization’s latest video, the Appraisal Institute invited Rocky Shiplett, MAI, and Michael McCall, MAI, to discuss the opportunities for appraisers in right-of-way valuation work, the challenges with right-of-way appraisal assignments and how appraisers can establish relationships with potential right-of-way clients.

Most of Rocky Shiplett’s appraisal work focuses on right-of-way valuation issues. He is also an instructor for some of the Appraisal Institute’s litigation courses.

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Topics: Right-of-Way Appraisal Work

AI Addresses ‘Green’ Issues at White House Roundtable

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Mar 28, 2014 11:15:00 AM

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Topics: 2014 President's Message

Why “Just Any” Residential Appraiser Will Not Do

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Mar 26, 2014 9:32:53 AM

The following is a guest blog post by Woody Fincham, SRA, principal, F&M Associates, Inc.

With so many appraisers vying for low-fee appraisal management company and lender-related work, many AMC-centered appraisers are starting to compete for non-lender work. 

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Topics: appraisers help attorneys, residential appraisal, appraisers and attorneys, marketing to attorneys, appraisers and mortgage lenders, non-lender appraisal, AMC, appraisal management companies

How Can Appraisers Help Taxpayers File Property Loss Deductions?

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Mar 20, 2014 12:55:27 PM

Natural disasters often cause damages to properties that qualify for deductions on federal income tax returns. When filing for property loss deductions, owners need the help of a qualified appraiser to substantiate and defend those losses. 

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Topics: The Appraisal Journal, Property Loss, Insurance

Appraisal Institute Announces Keynote Speaker for 2014 Annual Meeting

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Mar 6, 2014 8:30:00 AM

In the organization's latest video, Appraisal Institute President Ken P. Wilson, MAI, SRA; President-Elect M. Lance Coyle, MAI, SRA; and Vice President J. Scott Robinson, MAI, SRA , AI-GRS, discuss AI's 2014 Annual Meeting, a first-class event that brings together valuation and other real estate professionals from across the country and around the world.

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Topics: AIConnect

AI Continues Efforts on SBA Going Concern Appraisals

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Feb 28, 2014 11:03:00 AM

 

The 2014 Annual Meeting is just over five months away, and I’m excited to share that AI has secured an exciting keynote speaker! Registration opens March 3, so be sure to sign up on Monday.
 

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What Appraisers Need to Know About Valuation for Tax Issues

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Feb 17, 2014 10:08:00 AM

In the organization’s latest video, the Appraisal Institute invited Eric Garfield, MAI, and Terry Dunkin, MAI, SRA,SRPA, to talk about what opportunities exist for appraisers in IRS and other tax-related valuations; challenges appraisers face when working with the IRS; and some misconceptions appraisers have about contracting valuation assignments with the IRS.

AI: What opportunities exist for appraisers in IRS and other tax-related valuations?

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Why a Cash Purchase Shouldn’t Eliminate the Appraisal

Posted by Appraisal Institute Staff

Feb 13, 2014 11:15:03 AM

The economic downturn and resulting housing crisis has resulted in a number of changes in how Americans both choose their homes and finance them. For instance, more are renting vs. buying their homes than ever before. Yet another surprising shift is the number of buyers purchasing homes in cash, thus eliminating the need for financing.

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Topics: residential appraisal, homebuyer, cash sale, cash purchase, all-cash home purchase

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