http://www.realestateappraisertips.info/ – If There Are More Appraiser Members Of NAR Than Of Appraisal Institute or All Appraisal Organizations, Then What Does This Mean?
First, Please follow Bud Hunsucker @uspap on Twitter. Bud also runs the CompuTaught in Atlanta providing Online Appraisal Education Nationally. I plan on enrolling in CompuTaught for my last class needed in 2009.
This morning I found this interesting tweet from Bud, “More Appraisers members of NAR than of the App Institute, or all the other appraisal organizations combined!” There is no link to click within the tweet to find out more.
My question is this: What’s the relevance of this statement? Please don’t take me wrong as I am not criticizing Bud at all as he’s going somewhere with this statement and so am I. First, is there more appraiser members of NAR because our local MLS Boards force appraisers to join both them and NAR for MLS Access, thereby making us pay NAR approx. $400/year for membership and the local board about $35/month for MLS Access? Or is it that the NAR’s “Appraisal Section” has more members than all combined? I think not. I did a quick search for “RAAs” with NAR’s Appraisal Section and found that there are only 6 in AL, 7 in LA and 27 in TX. For Appraisal Institute (A.I.) SRAs, there are 56 in AL, 70 in LA and 338 in TX. So, the answer would be no, there isn’t more NAR Appraisal Section appraisers than A.I. appraisers.
Should we as appraisers be looking to NAR as our “Appraisal Organization”? Especially since we’re already paying them $400/year for membership, about the same dues A.I. members pay…..except A.I. members have to pay $400 twice to A.I. and NAR. After all, NAR is the lobby on Capital Hill helping to keep the appraisal orders flowing in the appaiser’s direction.
But, would it be a conflict of interest for the NAR to be our appraisal organization? Isn’t that kind of like letting the fox in the appraiser’s hen house? Bye Bye Appraiser Independence! After all, the purpose of HVCC was to create a buffer between Appraisers and Realtors® and Appraisers and Lenders.
Organization…or the lack thereof. I think what Bud is trying to accomplish is to get appraisers thinking more about organizing, especially since their lack of organization and infighting amongst themselves, as a whole, has led to them to having very little representation….not near the representation of the NAR. No, I am not saying that our Organizations and States have just sat on the rear-ends on appraiser representation. R. Wayne Pugh, MAI, in Baton Rouge and past President of A.I., did help residential appraisers during his recent term as President and also helped author and pass the Louisiana AMC Regulation Bill, one of the first states to do so. During his Presidency, he also held a monthly breakfast with the Louisiana Chapter of A.I. to keep them updated. I know this because my dad, William F. Cobb, MAI, attended those breakfasts.
Valuation 2009’s Message To Appraisers: Organize, Period! Part of the message at Valuation 2009 was that appraisers must organize to survive, PERIOD! How do we accomplish this? Do we merge all organizations into One or Two Major Appraisal Organizations? Your Thoughts and/or Opinions?
So, what’s the “Real Estate Appraiser Tip”, Bill? Find A Way To Organize! Get Involved in directing your appraisal future! Join A Respected and influential Appraisal Organization!
So, I am applauding Bud Hunsucker for helping us to think about this topic! Be sure to follow @uspap on Twitter.