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By joining the Appraisal Institute, you will continue to grow as a professional while enjoying benefits and privileges available only to AI professionals including:
- Discounts up to 30% on the highest quality classroom and online education available, with instruction by highly skilled faculty.
- Save up to 20% on more than 60 titles from the world’s largest publisher of real estate valuation literature. Vist the online bookstore.
- Enjoy discounted – and sometimes FREE – access to webinars on a variety of contemporary valuation and business topics.
- Subscriptions and access to The Appraisal Journal, Valuation Magazine, and online newsletters.
- FREE premier research services 24/7 through the Lum Library, an extensive, virtual library. Select from thousands of articles, documents, industry research reports and other resources. Visit the Lum Library today.
- Free guidance on professional practice issues through the Appraisal Institute’s Ethics & Counseling.
- Special rates on professional liability (E&O) insurance and group life/ health insurance.
Note: AI health insurance is not available in the state of Washington. For specific information about Appraisal Institute insurance programs go to appraisalinstitute.org (click on More… under “Insurance Coverage for Your Special Needs”).
- Discounted rates on car rentals, FedEx shipping services, and many other business, travel, and marketing tools.
- Members Only features of the Appraisal Institute Web site.
The Appraisal Institute has the reputation, technology, education, publications, communications and representation to help you build marketing advantages for your career and business. Consider what joining the Appraisal Institute can do for you:
- Equip you for today’s most challenging assignments through premier educational programs and publications.
- Connect you to clients through public relations, advertising and marketing efforts that advance the value of your designation and participation in the Appraisal Institute.
- Represent you and your concerns in Washington, D.C., and promote legislative and regulatory initiatives on your behalf.
- Provide you with a nationwide network of peers who can serve as resources for information and new business.
- Keep you continually informed via leading-edge communications including our award-winning Web site.
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Designations Make a Difference
Chicago – Researchers from Washington State University recently found that appraisers who earn the SRA, the residential designation, from the Appraisal Institute earned an average of 26 percent more, or about $13,000 annually, compared to their non-SRA counterparts. The study analyzed real estate appraisers who were similar in other respects except for the SRA designation, which is like the CPA in the accounting profession.
Make no mistake: An Appraisal Institute designation is a hard-earned distinction achieved by only the most dedicated real estate appraisers. As a result, Appraisal Institute designations are highly respected by those seeking professional opinions of value – individual property owners, investors, government agencies, corporations, lenders, and the courts among others. Appraisal Institute designations differentiate the true professional from the average appraiser.
Knowing that an Appraisal Institute designation identifies you as one of the best in the profession is important, but every once in a while its nice to know “What’s in it for me?” This section answers that question by highlighting some of the many programs and benefits that are a part of Appraisal Institute membership.
Personal Achievement and Earnings Potential
Members have repeatedly said that earning an Appraisal Institute designation is the most satisfying achievement of their careers. Going beyond the sense of accomplishment and pride, an Appraisal Institute designation brings opportunities for career growth, higher income, and professional recognition.
Enhancement of Professional Quality
Where do you go when you have a question on appraisal standards, ethics, or professional practice? Guidance on these issues is available from the Appraisal Institute Ethics and Counseling Division. This division enforces the Appraisal Institute’s Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and Code of Professional Ethics. Hundreds of appraisals are reviewed every year to enhance the quality of service members provide to the public.
Directory of Appraisers
The Appraisal Institute’s Find an Appraiser directory is widely considered the best source for finding qualified appraisers. This Directory lists real estate appraisers who are Designated Members, Candidates for Designation, or Practicing Affiliates of the Appraisal Institute.
The Finest in Appraisal Education
Almost 50,000 participants annually can attest to the fact that the Appraisal Institute provides professional training that no other organization can match. A variety of educational courses, seminars, and workshops allow you to meet continuing professional education requirements while staying on top of the latest in appraisal theory and technique. Tuition discounts are offered to Designated members, Candidates for Designation, Practicing Affiliates and Affiliates of the Appraisal Institute.
Marketing, Promotion, & Public Relations
Through online, e-mail, direct mail, and trade show exhibits, the Appraisal Institute tells the marketplace that its professionals are the best real estate appraisers available. A variety ofresources are published and distributed to promote members and educate the public about the appraisal profession. These are also available for purchase by members to promote their own businesses.
Appraisal Institute officers are regarded as spokespersons for the appraisal profession and are often sought out and quoted by the news media. Whenever an interview is arranged and the officer is quoted in the press, the resulting publicity strengthens the reputations of all designated members.
Through advertising, public relations, and other means, your chapter promotes you at the grass roots level. These efforts position Appraisal Institute professionals as the recognized authorities on real estate appraisal in their own communities.
The Appraisal Institute’s Washington, DC, office is your advocate in our nations’ capital, promoting appraisers’ interests to Congress and federal agencies. The State Legislation Division collaborates with the regions, states, and chapters to represent member interests, enhance the Appraisal Institute’s image in state legislatures, and promote uniformity of state laws and regulations.
Unequaled Professional Periodicals
Appraiser News Online keep you up-to-date with issues and events affecting the appraisal industry, as well as activity within the Appraisal Institute. The Appraisal Journal serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas, providing in-depth exploration of appraisal issues and valuation techniques. Receiving these top-quality publications is another benefit of Appraisal Institute membership.
Leading Edge Publications
They say knowledge is power. Appraisal Institute products and publications keep up with your changing needs and provide the power you need to get ahead in today’s competitive environment. And The Appraisal of Real Estate, Appraising Residential Properties, and The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal remain the cornerstone texts of appraisal education. Members enjoy discounts on every publication and product the Appraisal Institute offers.
Appraisal Library and Research Services
When faced with unique or unusual appraisal problems, you have an unparalleled resource at your disposal — the Lum Library. With extensive holding and on-line database capabilities, the library is one of the most complete appraisal libraries in the country. You can visit the library in person, online, or work with the research staff over the phone. They can quickly and efficiently help you find the information you need to complete the assignment. Many services are provided to members free or at a nominal charge.
Appraisal Institute participation provides an open forum for appraisers to share their knowledge, interest, and concerns with colleagues. National, regional, and local chapter functions offer opportunities for you to network with your peers, providing opportunities to forge and maintain important business and professional relationships within your community.
Through group buying power, the Appraisal Institute offers its members high quality, low cost insurance benefits, including professional liability coverage, group life, medical and disability, and employee coverage. Insurance programs are continuously reviewed to ensure that members are receiving the best coverage at the lowest premiums.
Note: AI health insurance is not available in the state of Washington. For specific information about Appraisal Institute insurance programs go to http://www.appraisalinstitute.org/airesources/join.aspx (click on More… under “Insurance Coverage for Your Special Needs”).
While this list of services and benefits is not all inclusive, it gives you a good idea of “what’s in it for you.” Remember, the Appraisal Institute is your organization and strives to be responsive to your expanding interests and needs. Through its chapter and regional structure, you have grass roots participation in the decision making process on issues of importance facing the organization and your profession.
Joining the Appraisal Institute helps you keep — and increase — your professional advantage in today’s demanding business environment. Ongoing projects enable the organization to develop more new and exciting programs to ensure that your needs are met in the years to come.
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