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Scheduled Live Appraisal Courses

2022-2023 7-HR National USPAP Update Course 12/7/2022 register now Concord, NH $ 200 ME, NH, VT
Darker Shades of Gray 12/8/2022 register now Concord, NH $ 170 MA, NH, VT

Live Appraisal Education
Opinion / Prognostication by George LeMay

Distance education is a lot like watching a concert on TV... it's never the same as being there; One is a show, the other is an experience!

A paradigm shift is occuring in the education industry. This shift has been happening since distance education became an acceptable alternative to traditional live education. Like writing a book, there is a large initial investment of time, expense, and effort. The return for the investment is the possibility that your creation can be used or sold many times. For any given class, course material development investment is about the same regardless of how it is delivered.

The financial return for any class in particular is proportional to its demand in its market. Live classes have local markets, while online classes have a nationwide or worldwide market. Online delivery takes additional investment in setup, development, and support overhead, but in exchange the potential market is huge as compared to live classes. 

The more sales you can make, the less you have to charge to turn a profit. With the advent of desktop publishing and "electronic delivery", the normal expenses associated with publishing the material plummeted as physical printing, binding, shipping, warehousing, and retailing of books disappeared. When a student wants a hard-copy of the class material, they merely shoulder the cost of printing and binding it. Online education is a far more efficient way of delivering information than the traditional, live, classroom model which has high delivery overhead (labor, facility, and material costs) with limited return (how many participants can you attract / accomodate from your location). Businesses are of necessity profit driven, and with the lower costs and larger market come larger profit margins. Overhead for advertising is increased, as you have a larger market to reach.

The imposition of COVID restrictions proved a boon to the distance education industry, as significant competition from live education alternatives was suspended and the requirement for live education was temporarily suspended from the board rules. The expiration of the suspension caught some appraisers off guard, and caused a mad scramble for some live education credit. Then the board extended the suspension, and before the extension expires, the rule change is

expected to become permanent [perhaps as early as July 2022]. One of several valid reasons the live education requirement had been kept in the NH board's rules so long was to help ensure enough demand for live education remained to keep it viable as an alternative to distance education offerings.

By its nature, live education offerings simply can't compete with online classes in the arena of convenience, cost, or variety of material. Any comparison would be analogous to a live event [think concert, play, sporting event] can't compete with an on-demand rerun of a video of the event. One big difference, though, is that these live events are entertainment, while education is compulsory. How long will live education survive as an alternative to online education? As long as there is enough demand to keep if financially feasible. Once live education becomes extinct, there will be no option to taking online courses. Supply, demand, and lack of options will quickly erase any cost savings (currently about $50 for a 7 hour course). If/When that happens, we will have lost yet another freedom to the god of convenience, and it will be sad.

For my part, I intend to keep offering live courses as long as there is enough demand. My full day selection might dwindle to only two: the USPAP Updates [the online versions are simply too painful for many folks] and Darker Shades of Gray [a networking opportunity with a dynamic that simply can't be replicated except in a live setting], or it may not... I don't know. I might even start doing live QE courses... I don't know. What I do know is that there are quite a few appraisers who simply don't want more time sitting in front of their computer, and really enjoy a chance to get out of the office, away from the phone, and "talk shop" with friends new and old. When was the last time YOU made a new friend you could call with an appraisal question at an online class? Yeah, that's what I thought...

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An Important Note About the Supervisor/Trainee Workshop

Need some CE and curious about current licensing rules? Wonder what it takes to become an appraiser? Ever think you might like to help someone become an appraiser? Need a course to become a Supervisor or Trainee in New Hampshire? Then this is the course for you!

The relatively recent establishment of Appraiser Trainee requirements for licensure has caused some appraisers to have second thoughts about bringing others into the industry. This course covers all of the usual, required data you need to know before becoming either a Trainee Appraiser or a Supervising Appraiser in NH, so you'll know what to expect.

It also goes one step farther by examining different solutions and strategies to overcome the barries to entering the appraisal field. Did you realize you don't even need to become a "trainee" or have a "supervisor" to become an appraiser in New Hampshire...?

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

The 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

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!

Definitely the best USPAP update that I’ve ever taken!
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