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COMING IN OCTOBER 2014! Review Case Studies - Residential

*Education for the new AI-RRS designation!

Review Case Studies-Residential applies the review process to practical problems that residential reviewers face every day. In Review Theory-Residential, participants learned about developing review opinions of completeness, accuracy, adequacy, relevance, reasonableness, appropriateness, and credibility specific to another appraiser’s work, including reasons for disagreement. This course puts the theory into practice through realistic problems, work applications, group discussions, and an extended case study. Come prepared to be challenged. This course will be beneficial for reviewers, appraisers, and other real estate professionals who regularly work with appraisals and reviews.  

COMING IN JULY 2014! Review Case Studies - General

*Education for the new AI-GRS designation!

In Review Case Studies-General, you will put into practice the concepts in Review Theory-General. Focusing on three case studies that present the challenges reviewers face every day in review assignments, you will apply the review process by developing review opinions of completeness, accuracy, adequacy, relevance, appropriateness, and credibility specific to another appraiser’s work. By preparing written review reports, you will gain valuable confidence in the application of review techniques. Come prepared to be challenged. This course will be beneficial for appraisers or other real estate professionals who regularly work with appraisals and reviews. 

COMING IN MAY 2014!  Residential Applications Part II : Using Microsoft Excel to Analyze and Support Appraisal Assignment Results

In this seminar, students will obtain practical, hands-on training in applying spreadsheet technology to real world appraisal problems, learning new skills to support appraisal conclusions. They will feel they’ve gained new-found techniques they can apply to their Excel skills to traditional appraisal methods.

COMING IN APRIL 2014! Application and Interpretation of Simple Linear Regression

*Part of the new Analytics for Valuation professional development program.

This two-day course is designed for appraisal professionals who want to learn how to use Microsoft® Excel to apply statistical methods to valuation problems. The course employs Excel’s “data analysis” add-in and charting capabilities to assist in developing descriptive statistics and in using simple linear regression analysis to estimate linear relationships between two variables. Topics include descriptive statistics, charts and tables, an introduction to simple linear regression, assumptions underlying application of linear regression modeling, nonlinear curve fitting, prediction and forecasting, data sufficiency, and separation of pooled data by submarket. Participants will be engaged in hands-on learning, discovering and applying basic statistical methods to data sets custom built to illustrate each session’s objectives in a valuation context. This course will help you gain a solid understanding of simple linear regression analysis and be prepared for more advanced multiple linear regression study.  

NEW! International Valuation Standards Overview

Specifically written for domestic and international valuation experts with a working knowledge of valuation techniques as well as for those with a financial and real estate background, this course will provide a working knowledge of the current and more user-friendly International Valuation Standards. The course provides guidance and examples and shows participants how to apply the IVS principles as widely as possible. Emphasis on ethical behavior and competent practice will help foster a higher level of public trust benefiting the real estate valuation profession in the USA and overseas.

NEW! Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling for Valuation Applications

*Part of the new Analytics for Valuation professional development program.

This two-day course will teach appraisers to prepare advanced analyses in a simpler manner and with less error. It will appeal to participants with experience in market analysis and highest and best use and also those with experience in applying inferred market analysis. The focus is on problem solving and efficiency while uncovering some of the tools of the spreadsheet program that will make an analysis stronger and increase productivity. Participants will find the applications especially helpful in the areas of market analysis, feasibility analysis, and highest and best use. Gain techniques to solve real-world problems and develop best practices in modeling that can be applied in other situations.   

NEW! Review Theory - General

*Education for the new AI-GRS designation!

Participants embark on an in-depth journey of the seven steps that are outlined through the review process, which is at the core of this course. To be a reviewer, an appraiser must learn how to develop opinions of completeness, accuracy, adequacy, relevance, and reasonableness relative to the work under review. These opinions must be refined through tests of reasonableness in order to develop opinions of appropriateness and credibility. By taking this course, participants may gain invaluable confidence on the fundamentals of review.

NEW! Review Theory - Residential

*Education for the new AI-RRS designation!

Participants embark on an in-depth journey of the seven steps that are outlined through the review process, which is at the core of this course. To be a reviewer, an appraiser must learn how to develop opinions of completeness, accuracy, adequacy, relevance, and reasonableness relative to the work under review. These opinions must be refined through tests of reasonableness in order to develop opinions of appropriateness and credibility. By taking this course, participants may gain invaluable confidence on the fundamentals of review.

NEW! Unraveling the Mystery of Fannie Mae Appraisal Guidelines

If you perform appraisals for financial institutions, this 4-hour seminar is for you! Lenders continue to face harsh scrutiny from federal regulators in the wake of high foreclosure rates, and this reality translates into increased scrutiny on the appraisal. When foreclosures occur, entities that purchased loans in the secondary market often challenge the lender who made the loan in order to buy it back. In this situation, the appraisal often becomes the first point of attack. If the appraisal appears to be deficient in any way, it strengthens the purchaser’s case to demand a buyback. Don’t take any chances with your appraisals! This seminar will show how appraisals conform to the Fannie Mae Appraisal Requirements.

NEW! Litigation Assignments for Residential Appraisers: Doing Expert Work on Atypical Cases

Participants will learn valuable tools for solving complex appraisal problems, including techniques for presenting and defending appraisal conclusions and opinions. These residential valuation techniques will be illustrated with three case studies.

NEW! Income Approach for Residential Appraisers

In this seminar, participants will gain an awareness of the usefulness of the income approach in the post-recession residential market. For many it will serve as a review of techniques learned but unused. For others it will function as a comprehensive introduction to the income capitalization approach, specifically the premise of the approach, the difference between gross and net rent, the difference between capitalization rates and multipliers, and the application of income capitalization using a gross rent multiplier.

NEW! Appraising Condos, Co-ops, and PUDs

Appraising condominiums, cooperatives, and PUDs requires a unique skill set different from appraising single-family houses. Attend this new seminar and obtain high-quality education specific to those skills. Take on your next condo, co-op or PUD assignment with confidence, diversify and see your valuation business grow! In this comprehensive seminar, learn how to identify property through Legal Description and Parcel Identification Number (PIN); identify which four documents are needed from homeowner to make your appraisal assignment smoother; and find out what questions you must ask a building manager before concluding that your research is complete. Leave with a comprehensive list of questions to ask management companies that will help make your report as accurate as possible. Finally, discover what 12 factors you should use when choosing comparable sales for your subject property.

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