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General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies
April 22 - 25, 2013
Alan Blankenship, PhD
Tri Tech Surveying Office
10401 Westoffice Drive
to check state approvals
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General Appraiser Report Writing & Case Studies
provides instruction in effectively communicating a sound analysis of selected parts of a valuation. The course addresses USPAP requirements and the three types of writing most often used in appraisal reports: descriptive, numerical, and analytical. Lectures on writing principles, discussions of various sections of the appraisal report, and in-class writing exercises and presentations provide guidance and practice in effective communication of a valuation analysis. Specific assignments include writing a thesis statement, summarizing data, creating effective tables, writing a conclusion, communicating highest and best use, communicating an analysis, writing a letter of transmittal, and writing a reconciliation and opinion of value. During this four-day course, participants will use data provided in case studies as the basis for writing assignments that will help them recognize and produce effective reports. A two-hour multiple-choice examination that focuses on components of good writing concludes the course.
This course can also be used for MAI education requirements.
Table of Contents and Overview
Those seeking general Appraiser Certification and appraisers who want to improve their writing skills
HP12C calculator user's manual
You must be familiar with calculator operation when the course begins. Answers to problems in course material are shown using the HP12C. Do not come to class expecting to be taught how to use a financial calculator.
Using a Financial Calculator; Symbols and Formulas, Capitalization Selection Tree, and Sample Problems;
Financial Calculator Practice Exercises
For additional help with the HP12C calculator, take our online seminar,
Using Your HP12C Financial Calculator.
Basic Appraisal Principles
Basic Appraisal Procedures
National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Course, 15-Hour
General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use
General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach
General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach
General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 1
General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 2
Students must sign a waiver at the beginning of the course stating that they have the prerequisites. If they do not, they will not hold the Appraisal Institute responsible and will not expect to receive special attention during the course.
For Further Reading
The Appraisal of Real Estate, 13th ed.
The Appraisal Writing Handbook
Up To 15 days prior to program start date, $75.00 cancellation fee.
7 - 14 days prior to program start date, $50.00 cancellation fee.
Less than 7 days prior to program start date, forfeit of payment.
Up To 15 days prior to program start date, $75.00 transfer fee.
7 - 14 days prior to program start date, $25.00 transfer fee.
Less than 7 days prior to program start date, no transfer allowed.
Program materials will be picked up at the site.
The course site is located at:
Houston, Texas 77042
Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and class starts at 8:30 a.m.
Parking: Enter thru the main gate and drive thru the front parking lot to the opening on the left side of the parking lot and park in the back lot. Enter the building thru the back door underneath the covered porch facing Westpark toll road. Note all other parking spots in the front parking lot are reserved parking for the building.
Breaks: Coffee, water and snacks will be served throughout the day.
Candlewood Suites (closest to the course site)
4033 W Sam Houston Pkwy S,
Houston, TX 77042
See link below
La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston - Westchase
10850 Harwin Dr
Houston, TX 77072
Extended Stay America Houston - Westchase
3200 W Sam Houston Pkwy S
Houston, TX 77042
Red Roof Inn Houston - Westchase
2960 W Sam Houston Pkwy S
Houston, TX 77042