Dear Chapter Members:
Time marches on quickly and we are halfway through 2021 already. My last newsletter was written in dark and cold weather and as I write this note we are breaking records with heat here in the region. High and low is a theme we’ve all experienced over the year. There have been several online continuing educational offerings as a Chapter this year and that is a high. However, this has come with some struggles in obtaining approvals and certificates, which is a low.
In light of how the past 18 months has changed education delivery, the AQB has an exposure draft that I’d like to bring to your attention. It was published on June 3, 2021 and Section 1 of this exposure draft deals with changes to distance educations requirements, and also discusses hybrid education. I would ask that you read this section and provide comments to the AQB as you feel appropriate. Comments are due by July 30 and verbal comments will be accepted at the August 24 virtual meeting. This document can be found on The Appraisal Foundations website at the following link: Click here to view The Appraisal Foundation website.
The Fall Conference will return November 3 and will be at the Seattle Sheraton. We are in the process of having it approved for CE, and as of this writing the plan is to have a hybrid offering; both in person and online. A couple other CE classes are in planning stages for the 4th Quarter and we are working on a January 2022 USPAP offering as well. More information
on these offerings will be forthcoming later. The Appraisal Institute will be holding their Annual Conference in August and the day prior will be a joint Regional Meeting. Both Michael Lamb and I will be attending that meeting and we are there to relay your concerns and comments to the Board. If any of you would like us to put forward comments, questions or suggestions to bring before the Board, then please reach out to Michael or me.
Congratulations to those that were elected to the 2022 Seattle Chapter Board. The Chapter will be in very capable hands for years to come with this leadership team.
I hope all of you find some time to disengage from work this summer for a well-deserved break. Most of us have worked through more volume than we ever thought was possible, all while dealing with a pandemic. I am very proud of the key role appraisers played in implementing solutions for our clients and consumers that helped keep the real estate sector moving forward. Thank you for all you dedicated and hard work.