I highly recommend that every residential appraiser locates Fannie Mae Guidelines on either the Adfinet site or the Allregs site and then print out Part XI - Property Appraisal Guidelines. Put the print out in a note binder and keep beside your keyboard on the desk. Then when a question comes up--look through the guidelines for the answer. I have little post it stickys scattered all through mine--so I can find the answer to a specific question almost immediately. As something gets discussed in a chat room, on the phone, in a seminar, at a chapter meeting--another sticky so that I can find the applicable section the next time the same question comes up.
NAIFA is hosting an 8 hour Fannie Mae Property and Appraisal Guidelines Class in San Diego on August 2nd, in Los Angeles on September 15th and in Sacramento on October 5th. There are about 100 other cities this class is being offered during the remainder of this year. Take a look at the education section of our National site for a class offered near you.
Any appraiser may take a NAIFA class. Not only is the CA NAIFA chapters holding those classes, they also will be having three day education conferences that is open to any appraiser (or underwriter!) August 15, 16, 17 in Southern CA and August 22, 23, 24 in Northern CA--check out the NAIFA website! The Phoenix chapter just completed three days of education yesterday. Lynne Heiden and Ann Susko did great jobs of providing some excellent seminars! Lynne was the instructor for the 2003 USPAP class--and I discovered I was very wrong in a statement I made last week. I got very confused about some different issues and it got me confused about client guidelines. I thought Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, etc were client guidelines--I was wrong---they are supplemental standards! So the three days of education sure paid off for me!
So Appraiser's Forum participants--have a reunion in CA next month!
No, you don't have to be a member to attend. Non members pay about $20 more than members for a typical 7/8 hour class. The FNMA Guideline Class costs a non member $139 while a member pays $119. Most NAIFA members don't pay for most CE classes they take since they get 2 free days of CE education with their membership.
In California one of the last 7 hour National USPAP Update classes California NAIFA hosted had 15 students - 12 of the students were non members. In the last 15 hour USPAP class California NAIFA hosted in Los Angeles only 1 attendee was a member out of 12 students. Several of the students were AI designated members.