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The Appraisal Institute Thanks Its 2015 Sponsors & Exhibitors!


Platinum Sponsor

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LIA is proud to be the Appraisal Institute’s endorsed E&O program since 1991.

LIA is the strongest name insuring the valuation industry. Since 1978 our main focus has always been Appraiser E&O. We are expanding and now offering to valuation professionals a variety of other insurance products including bonds and general liability. Our 9 senior staff members have a combined 176 years experience insuring appraisers, serving more than 20,000 professionals and firms in all 50 states.

LIA’s unsurpassed legal expertise and defense is guided by Peter Christensen and Claudia Gaglione. We build a partnership with our clients by not only offering insurance protection but also educating them in risk management and loss prevention via articles, Claim Alerts and Liability Prevention Seminars.


Keynote Sponsor

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Aspen is a Commercial and Specialty Insurer and Reinsurer. Aspen is an underwriting company based on industry-leading expertise, with a strong balance sheet (A.M. Best rated “A” Excellent). Aspen’s unique approach provides customized risk management solutions, service, and support, based on a philosophy that unifies claims and underwriting at the early stages of risk analysis.

Operating globally with a local market strategy; Aspen services clients via hubs in London, Zurich, Singapore, Bermuda, Miami and New York. With a specialty niche focus for insurance, Aspen supports the following markets: Property, Programs, Professional Lines, Primary & Excess Casualty, Environmental, Management Liability, Surety and Marine, Energy & Construction.

Aspen’s deep underwriting and industry expertise provides a detailed understanding of client risks and needs, allowing for the development of tailored, specialized insurance and reinsurance solutions. To learn more about Aspen, please contact our trusted program administrator and broker, LIA Administrators at 800-334-0652 or


Silver Sponsors

alamode-4-Color Celebrating 29 years as a mission-critical workflow technology leader in the real estate and mortgage industries, a la mode’s products are used by hundreds of thousands of appraisers, salespeople, inspectors, and lending professionals to power more than 50% of all residential real estate transactions in the US each year. Its TOTAL desktop software line is dominant, used by more appraisers than all other brands combined. TOTAL was built from the ground up to work with today's hardware and operating systems. It's fast, highly-intuitive, and designed for post-UAD workflow. a la mode also supports the appraisal industry with a full suite of business tools including mobile data gathering, non-lender marketing and websites, cloud backup, and much more.
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Marshall & Swift, now part of Corelogic is the leading provider of building cost data necessary to complete cost approach appraisals.

Our innovative solutions include cost manuals, desktop applications, online solutions and education programs to meet the unique challenges of today’s appraisers.

sfrep-swoop-165 Pearl Insurance is a privately held insurance marketer, broker, and administrator that specializes in the design and administration of direct-marketed insurance plans for professional associations and their members. Pearl Insurance has partnered with the Real Estate Appraisers Group Insurance Trust to provide members with quality insurance options. For more information or to apply online, visit

REAGIT, the Real Estate Appraisers Group Insurance Trust offers a wide selection of comprehensive protection plans and medical insurance services that are available to AI Professionals as an AI benefit. Choose from Term Life, 10-Year Level Term Life, Disability Income, Professional Overhead Expense, Medicare Supplement, Dental, Hospital Indemnity and Long Term Care insurance options. Visit or call a REAGIT Insurance specialist at 1-800-222-9958.



Bronze Sponsors



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For over 27 years, Bradford Technologies has been dedicated to producing innovative solutions for Valuation Professionals. From the most intuitive appraisal applications available to cutting-edge Computer-Aided Appraising Software and statistically supported valuation reports, Bradford continues to develop trailblazing products that set the benchmark for the industry. As the market continues to evolve, Bradford Technologies is committed to providing appraisers, appraisal management companies and lenders with the tools they need to produce statistically accurate, reliable and transparent collateral valuations. For more information on Bradford Technologies, call 800-622-8727 or visit Appraisers may join the free online community for valuation professionals at


DataMaster-sponsor-_logo Simply put, DataMaster is a data import tool for residential appraisers. 

DataMaster will take the subject and comps that you select from your MLS and with one click, electronically import them and the public records data into DataMaster. Once imported,  DataMaster will automatically customize the data to appear how you want it to and format it into UAD format as well.  Then, with a single click, all that data is sent to your current report in your appraisal software—no re-typing of the data. 

So, by using DataMaster, with a few simple clicks you will:

  • Save time— Many appraisers report savings of 60 minutes or more per appraisal!
  • Saves money—do more appraisals in less time.
  • Increases Accuracy—with no re-typing of data, it eliminates typos and reduces mistakes.

All this efficiency allows you to:

  • Increase your productivity—Shortens your turn-around time dramatically
  • Increase effectiveness—you can now spend your time and skill analyzing the data, not typing it. 

DataMaster was designed by our company founder, Rick Lifferth SRA MAI, an appraiser for over 40 years.  The first electronic version of DataMaster was released in 1996 and we continue to implement upgrades and refinements to the software.

DataMaster is expanding rapidly, and is now available in over 25 major metropolitan areas with over 15 new metro areas coming on line in the next few months.  Click here to see if we’re available or coming to your area. 

Visit us at or call 888-362-9222 to start a free trial today!



Advanced Web-Based Software for Commercial Real Estate Appraisers
Cloud-Based — Easy comp search and maintenance using your web browser
All Comp Types —Land & Improved sales, OAR, Expense and Rent comps, Surveys
Appraisal Database—Powerful Jobs and Client Database with Reporting, Gantt, & more.
Comprehensive Mapping —Map your selected comps with multiple labeling options


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Herbert H. Landy Insurance Agency insures thousands of appraisers throughout the United States by offering exceptional coverage, service and pricing. We offer admitted coverage in 48 States and our pioneering on-line application allows you to apply for or renew your coverage on-line and have a policy emailed to you in a few hours. We never charge membership fees or dues, and coverage is provided by an A+ (AM Best) rated insurer. Coverage is also available for appraisal firms of two or more appraisers as well as AMC’s. A confidential Pre-Claims and Risk Management Hotline is available at no additional cost.
Simplify your application process with just 4 questions to qualify, and receive state-of-the –art coverage, great service and affordable premiums. The Landy difference!


Narrative1-logo Narrative1 commercial appraisal software is written by Thomas W. Armstrong, MAI. Tom has been a practicing appraiser since 1987, and earned his MAI in 1992. His practice specializes in conservation easements in the lakes region of NH. Tom is a third generation appraiser.

Tom's software experience complemented his commercial appraisal practice, and Tom (with programmers) developed @Value software, a suite of applications and thousands of customers. Along the way Tom co-developed the software system used by the nation's largest commercial appraisal firm, Integra Realty Resources, and worked with the best of the best in the appraisal industry.

All of this experience has been coalesced in Narrative1. The best narrative appraisal report templates, analytic tools, comps database and mapping systems are now "Narrative1".



RealWired! – Commercial software solutions designed and supported by a technology company founded by commercial appraisers.

Commercial Appraisers – DataComp - our commercial comp management database with 7,000+ customers.  Edge - our Excel-Word report writing application that automates your reports while keeping your format the same.  Manager - our web based app that automates bidding, appraisal workflow, invoicing, job log and production metrics. 

Banks - YouConnect is our web-based Appraisal and Vendor Management solution enabling financial institutions to automate and streamline their process, while satisfying federal and state examination and auditing requirements.  YouConnect is hosted in a secure SAS 70/ SSAE 16 environment and is SOC 2 certified.

Rock Solid People, Solutions and Results

Brenda Dohring Hicks, MAI and Jeff Hicks, MAI


Sponsor Logo The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) was founded in 1995 as an independent, non-profit organization to help homeowners reduce the cost of their utility bills by making their homes more energy efficient.
sfrep-swoop-165 Software For Real Estate Professionals, Inc. developed the Appraise-It software with Productivity in mind. Many features were intentionally developed into the software to make sure that you can get the most accurate appraisal out the door as fast as possible without any hassles. All of our products integrate into Appraise-It to make it easier for you, our customer. Here at SFREP you are our top priority. We make sure you have the advantages to succeed in today's market by being able to include photos, sketches, maps, signatures, etc. all into one report.

Xceligent is a leading provider of verified commercial real estate information across the United States. Our professional research team pro-actively collects:

a comprehensive inventory of commercial properties,

  • buildings available for lease and sale,
  • tenant information,
  • sales comparables,
  • historical trends on lease rates and building occupancy,
  • market analytics, and demographics.

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For more than 50 years, the Appraisal Institute Education Trust ("AIET") has fostered the advancement of the real estate appraisal profession and played a critical role in supporting the Appraisal Institute's education programs. The AIET supports and funds a vast range of initiatives, from world-renowned resources such as the Y.T. and Louise Lee Lum Library, to programs that will help secure the future of the valuation industry, including research grants and scholarships.



bzlogoV5 Need help determining the intangible value/goodwill for a SBA real estate loan with an operating business? BIZCOMPS® can help! The BIZCOMPS® studies of small business sales were initiated in 1990 to investigate and report financial information about small business transactions in the marketplace. The BIZCOMPS® studies remove the marketplace uncertainty and provide the user with detailed, meaningful financial information about these real world transactions. Since its inception, BIZCOMPS has accumulated and reported data on over 20,000 transactions in the United States and Canada. Data is available either online or in a PDF format.


You can expand your business opportunities and earn more money if you hold a business valuation credential.  The International Society of Business Appraisers applies your knowledge and experience to earn the coveted Business Certified Appraiser (BCA) professional credential to value a small to main street business.



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