Appraisal Institute
270 Doug Baker Blvd, Suite 700-354
Birmingham, AL  35242
Tel. 205-835-0808
The Appraisal Institute offers world-class education that will help you advance your career. Enroll today for our chapter's upcoming education programs:

Birmingham-December 5, 2014-"Drone Technology and Its Impact on the Appraisal Industry"-Lamar H. Ellis, III, MAI, SRA

1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Registration: 12:30 PM

Because this is a new technology, the basic goals and objectives are to give appraisers an understanding of the technology and ways that they can apply it to their appraisal practice. They will be able to be knowledgeable of Drone Technology and possibly offer services which could enhance their business practice and develop their expertise. The class will also gain a basic knowledge of the different types of drones available and the variety of uses so that they can find the type of drone equipment which would best suit their needs. The four main objectives are as follows:
Learning Objectives
1) Have a basic understanding of Drone Technology
2) Using the technology to develop a Highest and Best Use Analysis through Site Analysis
3) Applying the technology to developing the three methods of valuation (The Cost Approach, Sales Comparison Approach, Income Approach)
4) Have an understanding of current regulations and pending legislation 

Location: Birmingham Country Club, 3325 Country Club Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213

CE Credit
4 Hours Appraisal Institute
4 Hours Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board-Approval Pending
3 Hours Alabama Real Estate Commission

Fee: $90
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2015 Classroom Education Schedule

Birmingham-February 6-"Evaluating Residential Construction"

James Canestaro, AIA, AICP-
Seminar Developer & only Instructor is retiring this year so this is your last chance to take this great seminar from Mr. Canestaro.

Evaluating Residential Construction shows how single-family houses are constructed from the ground up. More than 950 construction slides and a 120-page Reference Manual illustrate site conditions, structure, envelope, interior, and environmental system components for houses ranging from custom to affordable, and even double-wides. You will better identify and describe the quality and condition of a house that affect its market appeal and probable value. Participants have given this seminar high marks for its practicality and benefit to real estate appraisers, brokers, and mortgage lenders.

Approved For:
7.5 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
6.0 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Commission

Appraisal Institute Fee: $195
Full Fee: $215

Location: Birmingham Association of Realtors-3501 Independence Drive

Birmingham-March 5-6-"Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling for Valuation Applications"-Jim Amorin, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, SR/WA (Past President Appraisal Institute)

*Part of the New Analytics for  Valuation Professional Development Program-You may take the two day seminar without the exam for 14 hours CE credit or stay and take the exam for the program. 

This two-day course will teach appraisers to prepare advanced analyses in a simpler manner and with less error. It will appeal to participants with experience in market analysis and highest and best use and also those with experience in applying inferred market analysis. The focus is on problem solving and efficiency while uncovering some of the tools of the spreadsheet program that will make an analysis stronger and increase productivity. Participants will find the applications especially helpful in the areas of market analysis, feasibility analysis, and highest and best use. Gain techniques to solve real-world problems and develop best practices in modeling that can be applied in other situations.

Approved For:
14 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
12 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Commission

Appraisal Institute Fee: $375
Full Fee: $395

Birmingham Association of Realtors-3501 Independence Drive

Montgomery-April 9-"Business Practice and Ethics"-Chuck Crider, MAI
This course addresses topics that were not included in the previous version, such as the Guide Notes to Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice. Numerous Q&As address real-life, up-to-date matters that appraisers encounter in various assignments, including mortgage lending, litigation, property tax appeal, and many more.The course contains relevant and much-needed information for professional appraisers.

Approved For:
4 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
3 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Commission
**The seminar is a 7-hr seminar but AQB approved this for only 4 hrs credit due to some content being specific to the Appraisal Institute

Appraisal Institute Fee: $195
Full Fee: $215

*Package Price Both Seminars: “Business Practice & Ethics” (April 9) and “Report Writing the Right Way” (April 10) - AI Price $350, Full Price: $370*

 Montgomery-April 10-"Report Writing the Right Way"-Chuck Crider, MAI

The report writing process is separate from the appraisal process. In performing the evaluation, the appraiser tries to discover the truth objectively and to arrive at a conclusion about value. The appraiser does not know the answer until the process is complete. On the other hand, the report writing process begins with the answer. The appraiser’s task is to convey the value conclusion persuasively and clearly to the client, while fulfilling all professional requirements. The appraisal profession has demonstrated a serious commitment to the rigorous process of careful and exact communication. The challenge to most appraisers is presenting the information clearly, accurately and convincingly.

Approved For:
7.5 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Appraisers Board
6.0 hrs CE Credit-Alabama Real Estate Commission

Appraisal Institute Fee: $195
Full Fee: $215

Location: Montgomery Association of Realtors-4280 Carmichael Road

Orange Beach-June 19-"Staying Out of Trouble"-Ted Whimer, MAI, CRE, CCIM, Attorney

Location: Orange Beach Community Center-27235 Canal Road

Huntsville-August 7-"2014-2015 USPAP Update"-Mark Smeltzer, SRA

Location: Huntsville Area Association of Realtors-535 Monroe Street

Please call Pam Paulk at 205-835-0808 if you have any questions or need assistance.
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