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Scheduled Live Appraisal Courses

Darker Shades of Gray 9/16/2020 register now Bow, NH $ 160 ME, NH, VT
2020-21 15-HR National USPAP Course 9/10/2020 register now Bow, NH $ 375 NH

Some Notes 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.

New Ad-Hoc Seminar
is Not Just Another Academic Exercise

Most of us view the appraisal industry exclusively as a practitioner. This seminar provides participants with a broader understanding of the appraisal industry, potentially touching areas they may never have considered. Ad-Hoc goes beyond performing purely academic exercises like those normally associated with continuing education. Just like other seminars, it will expand your knowledge and provide you with 7 hours of live continuing education credit. What is new is that it also accomplishes something useful and productive beyond the course. I’m not talking about learning something you can apply to your daily practice, but rather, provide something meaningful to individuals and groups other than seminar participants.

All of the exercises, problems, or examples I’ve ever experienced as a teacher or a student were purely academic - used to teach something. To the extent they taught something, they met their goal. Each appraiser will spend days taking courses to maintain their appraisal licenses. Wouldn’t it be better to try to make that time productive, too? The purpose of this course is to attempt to do just that.

Have you ever reviewed an exposure draft or proposed changes to USPAP? Have you ever worked on making a formal recommendation to our state licensing board? Have you ever tried to develop an FAQ or a web page to help new appraisers get into our industry? Have you ever worked toward cooperatively solving some nagging problem with the appraisal industry? Most appraisers have never attempted, let alone successfully done most of these activities, yet every one of these experiences can broaden one’s perspective and understanding of the industry while it actually accomplishes something tangible and helpful for someone or a group.

Imagine the possibilities…!

"...I have been promoting [The Strange Case On Agile Mountain] since I took it. It was wonderful...for me the best part of the class is that it is such a brain teaser and the open discussion just sucks you in. I have been taking appraisal classes since the late 90’s  and appraising  for the better part of 15 years and have found this to be the best one yet. Can’t wait to take it again."

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.

But with all that said, your Agile Mountain seminar was/is the best I've ever had to sit through.  It was engaging, all the way.  You carried it through informally, with humor, yet kept everyone on track.  And everyone was engaged and interested, so far as I could tell.  This was a premier learning experience, even for a cynic like me, and I hope you go on the road with it.
" - pb

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!
Thank you


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

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

2-Year Licensing Cycle in NH

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!

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