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Welcome to the Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and thank you for visiting. We are one of 84 chapters of the Appraisal Institute serving valuation professionals throughout the State of Alabama. We invite you to attend one of our chapter meetings or educational offerings, and we encourage you to investigate the benefits of joining the Appraisal Institute, a global association of nearly 25,000 real estate appraisers. If you have questions or comments, please contact us.

Discussions on Writing Client & Reviewer Friendly Reports @ Birmingham Country Club
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you writing reviewer and client friendly reports?  Are you tired of getting those dreaded phone calls and emails from the reviewer after you have submitted your report?  If so, this is the seminar for you!  This seminar will teach you what you need to be including in your reports and what you can eliminate.The Alabama Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is thrilled to have one of our own teaching the seminar that he wrote!

Mandell Tillman, MAI, AI-GRS has been active in various facets of the real estate profession for over 40 years and is a wealth of information.  He has served as a builder, a developer, a broker, an appraiser and a reviewer.  Mandell is a past top-rated instructor for the Appraisal Institute who is known for his energetic teaching style and vast number of real world examples.  This class is designed to generate discussions amongst the participants and will help all of those in attendance write better appraisal reports.  Mark Haller, MAI, SRA, and Roger Ball, MAI, AI-GRS will be assisting Mandell with his presentation.

Schedule: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Registration: 12:30pm


Approved for 3 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 3 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Commission
Approved for 3 hours CE Credit Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 3 hours CE Credit Georgia Real Estate Commission


Attacking & Defending an Appraisal in Litigation @ Rosewood Hall
Jan 24 @ 8:30 am – Jan 25 @ 5:00 pm

Purpose of the Course

The seminar is designed to assist attorneys, appraisers and real estate professionals with valuation and other real estate appraisal questions in the context of litigation. The seminar is two days and offers the professional models to testify, procedural and evidentiary basics, Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practices, and appraisal theory that is often misunderstood or misapplied.

Relevance of the Course

After years of experience and discussions with past students and attorneys that have been involved in cases, it is evident that there are common mistakes and misunderstandings concerning appraisal and consulting roles and applications of law and practice in the courts. There are literally billions of dollars in real estate cases in the country involving condemnation, property tax, leases, divorce, insurance claims and other settings where value and real estate consulting is an issue. However, there are very few quality seminars that help the attorney and real estate professional be a professional in a case. This seminar gives timely advice on how to be ethical and make sure the attorney is ethical. It also helps the participant keep the theory accurate in application and not fall for tricks that, until this seminar, have been learned largely by experience only after causing significant loss to a client.

Learning Objectives

1. To understand models of testifying
2. To understand commonly misapplied ethics within USPAP and conflicts with attorney ethics
3. To understand commonly misapplied standards within USPAP
4. To understand commonly misapplied Jurisdictional Exception considerations within USPAP and when they are at odds with attorney ethics and considerations
5. To understand common errors within the Cost Approach
6. To understand common errors within the Income Approach
7. To understand common errors within the Sales Comparison Approach
8. To understand the division between a legal and appraisal (fact) question
9. To understand the need for being objective, but adversarial (the attorney) throughout the litigation process
10. Understanding the legal & practical qualifying of an expert as well as when a potential job should be turned down
11. To understand Evidence rules that may apply to an attorney and appraiser
12. To know the difference between testifying & consulting witnesses
13. To be able to apply checklists in the process of providing appraisal or consulting services
14. To be able to offer better reporting and file contents
15. To understand when an “appraisal”, “review”, or “consulting service” is being offered

Registration: 8:00am, Seminar: 8:30am-5:00pm

Instructor: Ted Whitmer,  MAI AI-GRS CRE CCIM AQB Certified USPAP Instructor served on the TALCB and was vice chairman of the Board. Ted is a Certified General Appraiser, licensed as a lawyer with the State of Texas and as a Real Estate Broker. Education includes a B.A. from Stephen F. Austin State University, an M.B.A. from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.

AI Price: $495, Standard Price: $595

Approved for 16 Hrs CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 9 Hrs CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Commission
Approved for 16 Hrs CE Credit Mississippi Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 16 Hrs CE Credit Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 16 Hrs CE Credit Georgia Real Estate Commission
Approved for 16 Hrs CE Credit Tennessee Real Estate Appraisers Board

Approved for Attorneys: This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission of Alabama for a maximum of 16 hours’ credit, including 0 hours of ethics.

Forest Valuation Part II @ NaturePlex
Feb 22 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The purpose of the seminar is to help appraisers understand that it is essential to have a fundamental knowledge of the timber market in order to perform competent forestland appraisal assignments (even if working with a consulting forester). It is also aimed at helping Foresters understand appraisal requirements and what goes into a forestland appraisal.

This will be a continuation of the seminar that Morgan taught in 2016. You do not need to have taken the first part to attend this seminar. If you did take the first class, there is much more to learn in this seminar.

Part of this seminar will include a demonstration out doors at the NaturePlex for some hands-on instruction.

Learning Objectives of this Seminar
• To Comply with the COMPETENCY RULE of USPAP
• Recognize the difference between timberland
and “timbered” land
• Converse effectively with foresters and buyers
and sellers of timberland
• Identify the difference between market value of timber, contributory value of timber, and excess
timber value
•Recognize the importance of forestry in the United States, especially the Southeast
•Identify common forestry terms relating to timber and timberland values

Morgan Mellette, MAI ACE
Morgan graduated from Clemson University with a degree in Forest Management. He worked as a procurement forester for Southland Timber Company in Augusta, Georgia, before starting his own forestry consulting business in 1979. Morgan’s primary interests are in the valuation of timber, timberland, conservation easements, rural properties, and ecologically significant and protected forestland. He is a registered forester and land surveyor in Georgia and South Carolina, and a certified general real estate appraiser in Georgia. He is a member of the Appraisal Institute (MAI), the Society of American Foresters, the Association of Consulting Foresters, and the Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia.

Schedule: 8:30am-4:30pm
Registration: 8:00am

Registration Includes a BBQ Lunch

Approved for 7 hours CE Credit Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 7 hours CE Credit Georgia Real Estate Appraisers Board
Approved for 7 hours CE Credit Georgia Real Estate Commission

Approved for Forestry Education Credit: AL RF-Cat 3: 5 hours

See what  2018 Educational offerings are open for registration on the Chapter Education Page.

Roger Ball, MAI was awarded the Appraisal Institute President’s Award by Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS 2017 President and Acting Chief Executive Officer..