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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!