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Naifa To Merge Into Asa

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Dale Floyd

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There are a few thousand members, including non-appraisal parties.. I haven't seen anything lately, but I believe the core group of designated members are less than 2,000. There are also a bunch of non-designated appraisers who have been members for several years, as they get educational discounts for being a part.

Regardless - I believe it's a really good move. The NAIFA and ASA have worked side by side in nearly every state of the union trying to improve state laws that impact our profession, while also being proactive on the federal level. Both are still supporting members of the Foundation.

No offense to AI, but I get very confused as to their intentions sometimes. I am told that all the professional associations that involve us, have lost members over the years. I would strongly recommend all appraisers to consider becoming part of a group, as it is becoming more difficult to have a voice without organization. I've been designated in the NAIFA for over 25 years.
 
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Walter Kirk

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I have never been a member of NAIFA but I have attended its educational events and I was impressed. A merger with ASA seems to be a good move providing stronger competition with the AI which, I believe, has hurt the cause of residential appraisers
 

Terrel L. Shields

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NAIFA committed suicide years ago. Sad. They had a real opportunity at one time to rival AI. They were financially sound and out of debt. Then they blew millions on a wasted effort lobbying and failed to maintain any sort of decent publication department. John Wilkerson tried to get them back on a sound footing but it was too late. They have struggled since. ASA stayed true to their core, perhaps this will be a benefit to both.
 
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NAIFA committed suicide years ago. Sad. They had a real opportunity at one time to rival AI. They were financially sound and out of debt. Then they blew millions on a wasted effort lobbying and failed to maintain any sort of decent publication department. John Wilkerson tried to get them back on a sound footing but it was too late. They have struggled since. ASA stayed true to their core, perhaps this will be a benefit to both.
I remember when NAIFA began to gain traction. A family member who was completely put off by the protectionist-attitude of the local AI chapter joined for the designation. It was easy to get back then, and the core membership was of solid "non-joiners" who saw the AI gaining with industry-recolonization of their professional designations after the Society merger. ASA was more "conservative" and kept it academic. I hope the merger works because the IFAs and ASAs I know are good professionals.
 

hastalavista

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Successful and sustainable professional appraiser organizations are a good thing!
 

NachoPerito

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Successful and sustainable professional appraiser organizations are a good thing!

I suppose this is unlikely, but maybe this will make it easier for a real estate appraiser to get certification to appraise going concerns of over $250k. The barrier of entry has been too difficult.
 

Peter LeQuire

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NAIFA committed suicide years ago. Sad. They had a real opportunity at one time to rival AI. They were financially sound and out of debt. Then they blew millions on a wasted effort lobbying and failed to maintain any sort of decent publication department. John Wilkerson tried to get them back on a sound footing but it was too late. They have struggled since. ASA stayed true to their core, perhaps this will be a benefit to both.

John Wilkerson has worked very hard for NAIFA.

The merger has been a long time coming, and ought to benefit the members of each organization.

(FWIW, some of the NAIFA instructors I've taken CE from were among the best teachers I've been exposed to.)
 

peturner

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This is a great thing for residential appraisers.
All should join in order to be accurately and fairly represented!
There are no hidden agendas or huge egos that are completely out of touch with our reality.
 
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