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Darker Shades of Gray
[a Harkness Table Discussion of Topics That Concern Appraisers]


Facilitator / Author:

George W. LeMay, NHCG#38

Purpose:

This course is intended to be an opportunity for practicing appraisers to explore topics without well-defined boundaries or answers. Topics of this nature are typically avoided in appraisal courses as it is impossible to know how much time it will take to adequately address the questions / perspectives / opinions that can arise. Still, the process of wrestling with such issues broadens one's perspective, stimulates critical thinking, and may even heighten awareness of hidden prejudices.

To understand why these questions often remain unaddressed, consider the question, “When should I turn in another appraiser to the licensing board?”, in the context of a National USPAP Update class. It would be hard to conceive of a more appropriate setting to consider such a question, but an open discussion on that issue would use up time needed to cover other required material. While such questions can be addressed privately during breaks or outside of class since they are “off topic”, the opportunity for alternative perspectives from other participants is lost for the sake of convenience, consistence, and predictability. Making such questions “off limits” may be the best solution for “black and white” questions, but more probing questions having no definitive answers are often best understood by examination from multiple perspectives.

This exclusive seminar provides a forum for practicing appraisers to network and discuss topics that would be "off topic". The course focus is slanted heavily toward practice rather than theory, but theory questions and topics are considered "fair game" here, also.

The course material is intended to stimulate critical thinking and discussion,  foster a willingness to share differing points of view, and broaden each one's perspective in a respectful, engaging way. Participants will have the opportunity to have their own real-life questions anonymously submitted to the group for consideration / solution / clarification.

Note: Class size is very limited to ensure a meaningful learning experience for all participants.

How much and what is included?

The seminar fee includes refreshments at breaks.

What is the format?

Round table / Harkness table style discussion.

Education Credit:

NH: Approved for 7 hours of continuing education credit

Enrollment Policies:

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