New Appraisal Institute Course Teaches Review Process

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today premiered a course to help appraisers work through all seven steps of the appraisal review process and apply them within a simulated, real-to-life assignment.
Source: Appraisal Institute

Congress Hears Appraisal Institute’s Ideas to Modernize Regulation

The Appraisal Institute today told a Congressional hearing there is a “better, less-complicated approach” that would modernize the U.S. appraisal regulatory structure by improving quality, reducing costs and addressing fundamental concerns that drive appraisers from the profession.
Source: Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Concerned with Freddie Mac Policy Changes

Citing similarities to previous policies that “turned out to be disastrous for the entire economy,” the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers today expressed “serious concerns” with changes to Freddie Mac’s Loan Advisor Suite.
Source: Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute, European Group Sign Mutual Recognition Agreement

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today announced it has entered into a landmark agreement with The European Group of Valuers’ Associations, known as TEGoVA, to mutually recognize the professional excellence of each other’s standards, ethics and qualifications.
Source: Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Book Shares Methods for Valuing Golf Courses

More appraisers are valuing golf course properties and are bringing sophisticated new methodology to the market and appraisal practice, according to a new book by the Appraisal Institute.
Source: Appraisal Institute

Transmission Lines Increase and Decrease Property Values: The Appraisal Journal

Property values are affected in both positive and negative ways by their proximity to transmission lines, according to an article published this week in The Appraisal Journal.
Source: Appraisal Institute

Increased Spending on US Ports Expands Opportunities for Appraisers: Valuation Magazine

An increase in spending on U.S. ports to upgrade infrastructure and expand facilities has opened up numerous opportunities for valuation professionals, according to an article published in Valuation magazine’s third quarter 2016 issue.
Source: Appraisal Institute

We’d Love To Meet You!

To all of our valued panel members,

Equity Solutions USA will be sponsoring and participating in this year’s Appraisal Summit & Expo in fabulous Las Vegas. This is a great opportunity to get your CE hours and enjoy all that Vegas has to offer! The dates are September 12-14, 2016. Below is the link to their website for all of the details and how to get registered. The host hotel is Bally’s and there is a special room rate available, but only until August 13th. There is expected to be between 300-350 appraisers in attendance, so this would be a great venue to meet up with your peers.

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Golfing for a cause

Our company was proud to support Gold Star Mortgage Financial Group’s efforts to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation last month in Plymouth, MI.  Equity was a Platinum Sponsor for the Golf Tournament providing dinner for the participants, items for the Silent Auction as well as sponsoring a cash opportunity for a lucky Hole in One!  Our management team also actively participated at the golf tournament by playing and cheering on the golfers as they attempted to be the winner of the Hole in One prize! 

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