Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Appraiser Representation? Represent Yourself. Get Things Done!

One of the most common complaints heard from appraisers is their belief no association represents them or their interests in their state or in Washington, D.C. Of course, there is the Appraisal Institute, the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers, and other Professional Appraiser Organizations. They do a great job, however these days, many appraisers cannot afford to pay dues to another organization.

Here's an opportunity to participate as an appraiser member of an organization(s) you may already belong to. Think about volunteering to serve as a member of the National Association of REALTORS® Appraisal Committee or the Florida Appraisal Council.

The purpose of the NAR Appraisal Committee is:

To serve the specialized needs of those members with an interest in real estate appraisal by:
1) monitoring, reviewing, examining, and analyzing appraisal-related issues for NAR;

2) referring appraisal-related issues to appropriate NAR committees for their consideration; and

3) providing recommendations on appraisal-related issues to the Board of Directors.
If you are a member of a local association of REALTORS, you may recommend yourself to serve as a member of the Appraisal Committee. The committee meets in person twice a year. In 2011, we will meet in Washington, D.C. (sometime between May 9 - 14, 2011), and in Anaheim, California (sometime between November 9 - 14, 2011)

Follow this LINK to recommend yourself. You will need a login. If you do not have one, just follow the prompts. It might help if you have a copy of the mailing label from your REALTOR® Magazine.

The Florida REALTORS® have the Florida Appraisal Council. The Council makes recommendations directly to the President of the Association. As an example of their accomplishments, last year the Council worked with the Florida REALTORS® to get HB 303 introduced and passed into law. HB 303 requires the regulation of Appraisal Management Companies.

Use this LINK to volunteer for the Florida Appraisal Council. Again, you will need a login, but if you are a member of a local Association of REALTORS in Florida, just follow the prompts to get yourself a login and password.

The application period for both NAR and Florida REALTORS® Committees is May 24, 2010, so act soon! Both of these groups have a history of representation and getting things done.


Kevin Sandridge said...

Yeah, Frank! No one takes care of our interests like "we" do! Love your take here. As a mortgage professional, I often feel a bit out of touch with the NAMB and FAMB efforts out there. It's likely that I don't put enough back into these organizations. Nonetheless, I continue to rely on my own initiative and efforts to represent "me."