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Goodby AI, Hello Naifa

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Restrain

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I've been giving serious consideration to which appraisal organization I should be a member of as a primarily residential appraiser. After review of the course offerings and attending meetings of various organizations, I have decided that the NAIFA has more to offer the residential appraiser.

As such, I have surrendered my SRA and transerred my membership to the IFA. It was a hard decision as I got my SRA back in '86, back when it was the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. Then, the SRA meant something and the national body listened to the residential appraiser. However, after trying to get the AI to pay attention to the residential appraiser, including letters to both local members and national governing members, all I got was minimal lip service and please pay your $1000 dues.

The fact that the AI has taken actions that are in opposition to the interests of the residential appraiser apparently has completely skipped their minds.

That's fine. The NAIFA will get my dues, not the AI.

Roger Strahan, IFA
 

TC

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The old Society of Real Estate Appraisers, that was one good organization. It was pretty obvious after the "merger", the AI was in control and residential appraisers were an afterthought.

TC
 

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton

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As a proud member of the NAIFA since 1983--Welcome to the fold R (just realized I am not too sure what your first name is--but welcome anyway)! I joined the Society under protest in 1989, still protesting and still paying my dues every year to the AI under protest. My NAIFA dues get paid in September when the bill first arrives.

Jo Ann Meyer Stratton, IFA, SRA
(the new forum setup--doesn't have enough room for my full name--I guess I should add it to my signature line)
 

wyecoyote

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Gvmt Agency, FNMA, HUD, VA etc.
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Washington
I have been an associate member (only licensed) for the past two years to the AI. But after attending some meetings and courses. It appears from what I have seen that AI is more concerned with commercial appraisers than residential appraisers. I have been seriously considering switching to the NAIFA lately. When My renewal is up I will consider it then.
 

Francois K. Gregoire

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Certified Residential Appraiser
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Florida
RStrahan,

Way back in 1977, the first appraisal courses I attended were offered by the NAIFA. Have taken several, ranging from basic residential to advanced income and report writing courses over the years with a few CE offerings in between. Have always been pleased.

Was awarded my IFA designation a while back and enjoy the local chapter and the members. Way back before the merger, I was a Candidate Member of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers, but never earned the SRA. Stayed on for a year after the merger with the Institute.

Still enjoy the Institute Meetings and their members, but have not yet joined. Still may some day.

Enough about me - Welcome to the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers!!

Francois K. Gregoire IFA RAA
 

Tim Hicks (Texas)

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Roger, I am sure it was a big decision to give up the SRA designation that you worked so hard to get. That speaks volumes for your reasons and I hope they someday get the message.
 

Walter Kirk

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New Jersey
Most of us agree that the institute doesn't care about the residential appraiser. I was an SRA candidate, working on my demo, when the Institute decided that the FHA fee panel, which accounted for about 40% of my work, was unnecessary. I wrote a letter to the president of the institute and got no reply. The next year I didn't pay my dues and got a letter from my chapter president asking why. I sent a reply along with a copy of the letter I sent to the national president, no reply.

I still take institute courses, in my opinion they are the best. I have attended Naifa courses and meetings and I liked the group but it seems to be too small powerless to make any changes to help residential appraisers survive. I joined the Guild, the one organization with the desire and the power to support residential appraisers.
 

John SRA

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Roger,

As I said in another post, all appraisers should find a group they feel comfortable in. Personally, I am a member of both AI and NAIFA, and find that both affiliations are very valuable.

You posted,

"The fact that the AI has taken actions that are in opposition to the interests of the residential appraiser apparently has completely skipped their minds."

Could you be more specific - what exactly has the AI done that you view as being in opposition to residential appraisers?

Thanks

JC
 

Restrain

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Florida
John:

The local chapter considered the issue of making all sales public. The residential members recognized that the people pushing this were a combination of the appraisal districts (tax money) and AMC/AVM providers interested in residential data. The residential appraisers opposed the issue as they have sufficient data through traditional sources and oppose AVMs. The commercial members, who dominate, wanted the data open so that they wouldn't have to pay for commercial sales data as they now have to. They were not concerned by the dilution of business by AVMs as they don't do any residential work.

The AI refuses to take a stand on the de minimus, which is extremely excessive. The AI pushes changes to USPAP (which is unintelligible at best), and works on well as ASB and AQB issues. However, it refuses to take on the banking/lending lobby which is the source of most of the problems in the appraisal/lending area. If you cleaned up the lending industry and put it under the same level of rules and regulations that appraisers are under, 99% of the problems would go away as well as the need for most of the USPAP changes, etc.

After observing the industry since the 70's, it is my humble opinion that the AI has decided to set down and work against the residential appraiser and with the banking/lending industry.

Roger
 

Oregon Doug

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Oregon
Rodger - as an ex SRA & SREA I understand what you re saying about the lack of AI response - I got my SRA via the other way - I was an RM in the olden days and the AI closed the door on conversion of my SREA to the MAI back when licensing began. They sure expected me to pay through the nose for something/nothing. I haven't yet found a new organization to join yet but I'm looking at NAIFA; I'll wait for awhile and see if it's worth while.

Oregon Doug
 
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