LAST LIVE SESSION OF 2017*
So What's Up With USPAP This Fall?
January 1, 2018 the next version of USPAP becomes effective, just like in the past several cycles. So what's up with the emailed reminders from the NH Real Estate Appraiser Board? They care about their licensees! (Seriously.) At the first board meeting in January of each year, the board is now required to take action against licensees who have not met their USPAP Update requirement. The federal requirement is that all licensees have a USPAP Update within 2 calendar years of their last update. As of January 1, 2018, two full calendar years (2016 & 2017) will have passed since December 31, 2015, so appraisers who have not taken a USPAP Update (doesn't matter which version) since 2015 will be in violation. Roughly 200 appraisers fell into this category in September of 2017.
Now in years past, the only requirement for taking your USPAP update was that you had to take it at least once within your two year renewal cycle. The repurcussions from the Board if you didn't have it by year's end was... nothing. As long as you had your update by the time you applied for renewal, the board was satisfied. This, however, isn't considered sufficient by the Appraisal Subcommittee (Congress).
This brings me back to my initial statement, "the Board cares about their licensees." - They don't want to revoke anyone's license, so they're trying everything they can to avoid it. Some members of the Board have noted that sending these email reminders is not the Board's job - but the licensee's own, individual, professional obligation. On behalf of myself and many Licensees who would have found themselves with an unnecessary disciplinary action on their record I just want to say, THANK YOU BOBBIE - YOU'RE THE BEST!
So what can we do? For my part, now that I know the coming ramifications for ALL licensees [not only those who do lending appraisals], I've added two more events for those who may still need the update this year. I know George Brooks is planning to offer some classes in November, December and January at the Southern NH Board of Realtors, and for the first time in 8 years Barry Shea through the Trans-America Institute of Professional Studies, Inc. is also planning to hold some. (And thank-you, Barry, for your years of service on the Foundation's Appraisal Standards Board!)
What if none of these live courses fit into your tight schedule? The New Hampshire board no longer requires your USPAP Update to be in a live setting - you can take it online. I'm betting you'd rather quit staring at your computer screen for hours on end, get out of your office, and actually visit with other appraisers over coffee while you pick up some easy CE.
All the best!
What Makes The Agile Mountain Course So Different?
The Strange Case On Agile Mountain is unlike any case study or seminar you've ever experienced. It is based on an actual eminent domain case that proved stranger than fiction. The appraisal problems are easily grasped by new appraisers, but in context the case presents enough depth to seriously challenge even the most experienced of condemnation appraisers. This highly interactive course provides the chance to explore many issues at an informal, comfortable pace.
"I've been taking appraisal courses since
the mid-1970s, what the [redacted] called the 101 and 102 courses. Actually took a
one day prep seminar and then challenged the courses. Anyway, I hate appraisal
seminars, and particularly when they are mandated. I figure that out of any seven
hours, I may get fifteen minutes of worthwhile information.
Why Our USPAP Update Is The Best You'll Ever Take!
In one word: interaction. Not only is the class kept intentionally small, the presentation heavily follows our ground-breaking (at least for the appraisal industry) Strange Case on Agile Mountain format. The result: real life questions answered, specific concerns addressed, and a course so engaging that the instructor has to insist on taking breaks. Think this is just a bunch of puffery? Try us and see!
Darker Shades of Gray
The new Darker Shades of Gray course leverages the Harkness Table format to explore varous appraisal subjects, questions, and topics that just can't be handled in a typical class. A great opportunity to freely discuss topics that interest YOU. Prior classes have delved into such varied topics as ethics, fees, reviewers, competence, trainee's / supervisors, conflicts of interest, data sharing, and technical issues. This has the potential of being the most individually beneficial continuing education offering you'll encounter this cycle.
All experienced appraisers know there are some really odd situations that don't have a right or wrong answer. Darker Shades of Gray was specifically developed to foster frank and open discussions of such oddities in a safe, semi-private environment. Students even have the opportunity to anonymously have their own questions presented to the group for discussion or clarification. Do you have a appraisal question you were afraid or too embarassed to ask? Bring it along - technical, ethical, practical, or philosophical... we'll do our best to get some answers! - more info
The new 2 year licensing cycle has shifted the continuing education landscape noticeably. Most appraisers holding licenses or certificates will experience shortened renewal cycles in 2015 and 2016, in some cases dramatically. Rather than a December 31 expiration for every appraiser, they now expire at the end of each appraiser's birth month.
Human nature being what it is, most appraisers wait until the last few months of their licensing cycle to do their course work. In the past, this created predictable market demand for live courses in the September-December window. The cyclic demand that made it feasible to distribute live courses on a nationwide basis appears to be gone. You can get CE credit at any time on-line, but the options for live course offerings have reduced significantly, but perhaps temporarily.
New Hampshire requires half of the continuing education to be from a live setting to encourage networking among appraisers. Although USPAP Updates can now be taken on-line, we intend to still offer live classes scattered throughout the year for those who prefer a break from the computer screen.
When the shift first happened, we elected to offer more classes to smaller groups. This is a bit more expensive, but smaller groups allow us to use a Harkness table format and provide a superior learning experience according to those who have tried them. It seems we've raised the bar again!