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  • 2014-2015 7-hour National USPAP Update Course

    (11529 Ratings)
    7.00
    $149.95

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    This is The Appraisal Foundation's NEW official online 7-hour National USPAP Update Course for 2014-15!

    This course includes a downloadable version of the 2014-2015 USPAP Book. This course is designed to fulfill the continuing education requirement which specifies that state licensed and certified appraisers must complete a 7-hour update course on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice every two years. 

    While this course contains material pertaining to all aspects of USPAP, the focus is primarily on:

      -  Revisions to USPAP effective January 1, 2014
      -  Practical applications of USPAP through "illustration" examples

    The overall goal of this course is to make students aware, and foster understanding of, the revisions made to USPAP for 2014-15 edition, and to help them apply the requirements of USPAP in situations that occur during their day-to-day activities as real property appraisers. By the conclusion of this course, students will not only be fluent in USPAP concepts and applications, but they will also have demonstrated mastery of the material.

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  • Supervisor-Trainee Course for Maryland

    (80 Ratings)
    4.00
    $99.95

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    This four-hour course meets the requirements established by the Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) of The Appraisal Foundation in its 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. It provides an overview of the responsibilities and obligations of both the Trainee Appraiser and the Supervisory Appraiser within the context of the Trainee–Supervisor relationship and addresses applicable state and local jurisdictional requirements and relevant USPAP obligations. Periodic assessments (mini-quizzes) in each chapter help track understanding and retention of the material, as well as summative chapter assessments and a comprehensive online final examination at the conclusion of the course. Course is iPad compatible

    This course is intended to meet the 2015 Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria established by the AQB.

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  • Avoiding Mortgage Fraud for Appraisers

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    Maryland appraisal new course.
    7.00
    $109.95

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    This course is iPad compatible. Mortgage fraud is frequently cited as one of the primary issues that caused the collapse of the U.S. housing market in the early 2000s. Unfortunately, mortgage fraud is still a prominent issue. In fact, appraisal fraud, one of the more advanced techniques used to execute mortgage fraud, is one of the fastest growing financial crimes in the real estate industry, resulting in billions in losses in the U.S. As a practicing real estate appraiser, it is integral that you are knowledgeable of the counter measurements you can take in order to avoid mortgage fraud. Your instructor, Dan Bradley, will provide you with an in-depth look at mortgage and valuation fraud in the U.S. and the various fraud schemes that are common today. In addition, the appraiser’s role in various types of real estate and mortgage-related swindles will be examined. Finally, your instructor will outline the steps appraisers can take to limit their liability and decrease the likelihood of becoming ensnared in the web of a real estate or mortgage fraud scheme.

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  • The NEW FHA Handbook 4000.1

    (2131 Ratings)
    Maryland appraisal new course.
    7.00
    $109.95

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    In March 2015, HUD published the new Single Family Housing Policy Handbook, also known as Handbook 4000.1, with an effective date of September 14, 2015. This is the most comprehensive overhaul of FHA appraisal guidance since 1999.

    This course will cover the appraisal related portions of Handbook 4000.1, including the sections on Appraiser and Property Requirements, Doing Business with FHA, and Quality Control, Oversight and Compliance. In addition, the course will cover the new Appraisal Report and Data Delivery Requirements document. Participants will an understanding of the structure of FHA, important FHA publications, how to effectively stay up-to-date with FHA requirements and how to communicate with FHA. Current FHA guidelines and requirements will be covered in detail, with a focus on those requirements that are new or recently revised, as well as those that are commonly misunderstood. For the current FHA Roster appraiser, this seminar will provide useful insight and tips. For the appraiser seeking to become part of the FHA Roster, this detailed seminar is essential.

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  • Managing Appraiser Liability

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    6.00
    $99.95

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    In our litigious society, appraisers are increasingly vulnerable to many kinds of liability. Liability cannot be eliminated entirely, but it can be managed. Appraisers are bound to follow federal and state laws and regulation, USPAP, and guidelines issued by government agencies, government-sponsored enterprises, and lenders, or else face civil penalties, criminal penalties, or loss of license. This seminar examines practical ways appraisers can protect themselves in their everyday practice, pointing out common malpractice issues and investigating available remedies. Among other topics, the course will discuss legal definitions and categories of penalties, third-party liability, competency, environmental issues, real estate and mortgage fraud, identity theft, supervising appraisal trainees, and how appraisers can best manage their liability.

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  • Marcellus Shale: Effects of Energy Resource Operations on Residential Property Value

    (94 Ratings)
    Maryland appraisal new course.
    3.00
    $49.95

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    In recent years, the United States has seen a massive natural gas boom as improved fracking and horizontal drilling techniques have allowed companies to extract natural gas from shale rock in the Marcellus Shale region. These recent developments have not only affected the oil and gas industry, but the real estate industry as well. One of the most significant concerns, particularly for appraisal professionals, is how drilling in the Marcellus Shale region will impact property value. It’s important that you are familiar with the energy resource operations surrounding Marcellus Shale properties so that you may establish an accurate value of a site. Your instructor, Dan Bradley, will provide you with a comprehensive look at mining and extracting industries and will familiarize you with the common terminology and issues facing the residential real estate market.

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  • Expert Witness for Commercial Appraisers

    (277 Ratings)
    12.00
    $189.95

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    If you were called to testify as an expert witness in a court case, would you know what to do? Effective appraisal for litigation requires high levels of experience, competence, and market knowledge. This course is designed to provide the practicing real estate appraiser with an understanding of the opportunities available in litigation support assignments and will outline the various options appraisers have to expand their appraisal practice to include financially rewarding litigation support services. Additionally, this course will supply the background for the appraiser to provide a work product and testimony, provide information about the structure of a civil trial, the rules of evidence, and USPAP requirements, and explore the mechanics of a civil trial.

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraisal of Assisted Living Facilities

    (550 Ratings)
    8.00
    $119.95

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    Developed specifically for the commercial appraiser who wants to branch out into the specialty of appraising assisted living facilities, this course provides a foundational overview of the assisted living market and the factors that influence supply and demand. The sales comparison approach material addresses how some adjustments are unique to assisted living or adapted to assisted living. The coverage of the income approach familiarizes the appraiser with the estimation of income, expenses, and capital expenditures specific to assisted living facilities and applying the income approach to both stabilized and unstabilized assisted living facilities. The course assumes that the student appraiser has a working knowledge of the sales comparison approach and the income approach, including discounted cash flow analysis. This course ties that training to the specialty of assisted living facility appraisal. Course is iPad compatible - Calculator Recommended  

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraisal of Fast Food Facilities

    (797 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    According to a recent Pew study, there are over 160,000 fast food restaurants in the United States. For commercial appraisers looking to branch out into this specialized area, this course reviews leased fee valuation, the sales comparison and income approach and the discounted cash flow analysis as they relate to appraising fast food restaurants. Given the immense popularity of fast food in the United States, it’s important for an appraiser to understand the unique aspects of these facilities, from their physical characteristics to the lease clauses influencing value. Additionally this course touches on fee simple value analysis and going concern value analysis for fast food restaurants. Course is iPad compatible - Calculator Recommended

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraisal of Industrial Incubators

    (103 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    Industrial incubators have existed for over two decades, but have only recently been recognized as a separate type of industrial property. Small industrial warehouse users have different needs and priorities that influence design and appraisal analysis. As a practicing appraiser, it is important that you are able to differentiate the industrial incubator category from other industrial property types so that you are able to select proper comparable properties and make appropriate valuation adjustments. 

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraisal of Land Subject to Ground Leases

    (626 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    It's not news that one of the most sought after commodities on the real estate market is commercial property. While the more common type of commercial lease is for space within a retail or office building, ground leases present unique and mutually beneficial opportunities for both landowners and tenants. As a practicing appraiser, a thorough understanding of the multiple components of ground leases will give you a helpful edge when it comes to valuing commercial real estate, as well as provide you with tools to work with a wide variety of clients. This course will give the appraiser a foundation in the reasons why ground leases are used, how they are structured, and the unique challenges they pose. Additionally, this course will cover the primary physical characteristics and lease clauses that influence the value of ground property.

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraisal of Owner-Occupied Commercial Properties

    (458 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    This course is developed specifically for the commercial appraiser. This is believed to be the first course for appraisers which has focused on appraisal of owner occupied commercial properties. For many categories of commercial properties, there are substantial percentages of properties that are either 100% owner-occupied, partially owner-occupied or subject to a lease between related entities under the same owners. Virtually every appraiser will be called upon to appraise such properties on multiple occasions. Many questions arise with appraisal of owner-occupied properties that do not come up with investor-owned properties. 

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraisal of Self-Storage Facilities

    (1163 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    In recent years, the self-storage branch of the real estate industry has become a burgeoning market for practicing commercial appraisers. Familiarity with the ins and outs of self-storage appraisals is beneficial, particularly as knowledge of this specialized market will attract a wide range of investors and clients alike. Your instructor, Tracy Martin, will provide instruction on this continuously growing market by introducing you to the fundamentals of self-storage facility appraisal. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Reccomended

    This advanced level course is geared toward commercial appraisers.

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  • Appraising Manufactured Homes

    (1754 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    Over 17 million Americans live in manufactured homes, which makes them an integral component to the housing market. As an appraiser, understanding this segment of the real estate industry will allow you to reach a wide range of potential investors and clients. Your instructor, Alan Simmons, will explore the diverse aspects of this market segment, including the history of manufactured housing and the details of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Code for manufactured housing. Course is iPad compatible

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  • Even Odder - More Oddball Appraisals (with Audio and Video)

    (2401 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    Fortunately or unfortunately, not all appraisals are cut-and-dried. Complex properties are often the most difficult appraisals, requiring a simultaneous understanding of the market and potential buyer behavior. Consequently, developing a working knowledge of this market segment will allow you a competitive edge as a practicing appraiser. In this course, your instructor will provide you with extensive information on the various techniques that can be used in appraising these unique and challenging properties. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Recommended - Audio/Speakers needed

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  • Fundamental Concepts of Analysis

    (1094 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of appraising real estate is that it is not an exact science. The appraiser must base his or her analysis of the value of a property upon the ever-changing relationship between the real estate market and the consumer. As a practicing appraiser, familiarity with the fundamental concepts of analysis will help you to understand the factors that can potentially affect your valuation of a property. This course will examine both new and old methods of valuation analysis. Statistical techniques are employed allowing the appraiser to penetrate the veil which cloaks the inner workings of the various analyses. This will result in a specific step-by-step process that appraisers can use in every analysis they perform. Covered methods and techniques include regression analysis, valuation modeling, and statistical analysis using spreadsheets.

    Note: This course requires the use of Microsoft Excel with macros enabled. It will be very difficult to replicate the operations necessary to complete this course without Excel or a similar program.

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  • Land and Site Valuation

    (1682 Ratings)
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    7.00
    $109.95

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    Land and site valuations have a number of unique factors that the appraiser must take into consideration during an evaluation. Understanding what makes land and site appraisals so unique will help you adequately appraise these properties — a skill which may keep you in high demand with a variety of clients. Your instructor, Alan Simmons, will offer you an in-depth look at valuation of land and site by reviewing specific definitions and legal descriptions of land and site parcels. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Recommended

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  • Residential Appraisal Review

    (1723 Ratings)
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    7.00
    $109.95

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    As one of the three major disciplines of appraisal practice alongside appraisal and appraisal consulting, appraisal review is a critical skill for any appraiser looking to help grow his or her business. Whether part-time or full-time, reviewing your peers’ appraisal reports can be a lucrative specialty, particularly for residential appraisers. In this course, your instructor Alan Simmons will provide an overview of review principles in general with the goal of equipping you to be a more effective reviewer of your own and others’ appraisals. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Recommended

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  • Residential Report Writing: More Than Forms

    (1718 Ratings)
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    7.00
    $109.95

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    Sitting at your keyboard writing appraisal reports might not be the most glamorous aspect of a career in appraisal, but it is one of the most important. Understanding the content requirements and procedures associated with a residential appraisal report is a critical element of your success in the appraisal profession. In this course, your instructor will review this final step in the appraisal process by guiding you through the different form reports and acquainting you with other available reporting options, including narrative reports. Course is iPad compatible

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  • The Cost Approach

    (923 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    As one of the three primary approaches commonly used by appraisers to value real property, the cost approach is a critical part of your appraisal knowledge base. A thorough working knowledge of the cost approach will help you produce a credible indication of value and will help provide you with the tools to do business with a wide range of clients. Your instructor, Alan Simmons, will equip you with the terminology and procedures associated with cost approach, in addition to related concepts such as alternative methods of site valuation, replacement and reproduction cost, accrued depreciation, and market extraction. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Recommended

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  • The Sales Comparison Approach

    (2432 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    As one of the three primary methods used to value real property, the sales comparison approach is a critical tool in the appraiser’s toolkit. In this course your instructor will dive deeper into the sales comparison approach, expanding on concepts learned in the Basic Appraisal Principles and Procedures courses and illustrating the key components of the sales comparison approach with examples, case studies and practice problems. While the most of the material in this course concentrates on residential properties, there is a section applicable to all kinds of income-producing properties. Mini-quizzes interspersed throughout the course will test your comprehension as you prepare you for the final exam. Course is iPad compatible - Calculator Recommended

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  • Understanding Residential Construction

    (3450 Ratings)
    7.00
    $109.95

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    From footings and foundations to framing systems, this image-rich course covers all aspects of residential construction from the ground up. With an emphasis on new building practices and materials, key topics in this course include site preparation, insulation and ventilation, HVAC and mechanical systems. An additional section reviews recent market and building trends as well as housing for people over 55 years of age. NOTE: This course employs many drawings and photographs to illustrate our points. Illustrations by Roland Dahlquist are used with permission of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. from DO-IT-YOURSELF HOUSEBUILDING: THE COMPLETE HANDBOOK, ©1995, by George Nash. These are the black and white line drawings that appear throughout the course. Course is iPad compatible

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  • Modern Green Building Concepts

    (588 Ratings)
    6.00
    $99.95

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    From the Center for Disease Control’s solar-fueled laboratories in Atlanta to wind-powered public libraries in California, green building is trending all over the country. With the odds of a “green” appraisal assignment in your future increasing every year, it is important for appraisers to understand the nuances of eco-friendly building practices. In this course, your instructor will introduce you to current concepts prevalent in residential green buildings, as well as give an overview of the various sustainable materials, techniques, and strategies associated with green building. Course is iPad compatible – Course #1 in a 3 Part Series

    The principles presented throughout this course can be applied in the appraisal of both residential and non-residential properties, although the examples provided are primarily residential in nature.

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  • Relocation Appraisal and the ERC Form

    (1039 Ratings)
    6.00
    $99.95

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    Relocation appraisal is a specialized field that appraisers are often tentative about pursuing, as many certified and licensed appraisers have never accepted and/or completed a relocation appraisal. Consequently, developing a thorough understanding of this market segment may give you a competitive edge as a practicing appraiser. Your instructor will provide you with in-depth information on the relocation industry and the processes involved in completing a relocation appraisal assignment, as well as reviewing specific terminology, forms, and guidelines associated with relocation appraisal. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Recommended

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  • Environmental Issues for Appraisers

    (667 Ratings)
    5.00
    $79.95

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    What is the appraiser’s responsibility when the outdoors starts creeping indoors? There are dozens of important environmental forces an appraiser must understand when valuing a building, as small concerns may be symptoms of a much larger underlying problem. Knowing the warning signs of common environmental issues will allow you to adequately evaluate a property and will provide you with a working knowledge of how to report specific environmentally-related problems. Course is iPad compatible

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  • Essential Elements of Disclosures and Disclaimers

    (2298 Ratings)
    5.00
    $79.95

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    In today’s lawsuit-saturated world, it is critical for the conscientious appraiser to understand the use of disclosures and disclaimers. Utilizing both as a regular part of your everyday appraisal practice will not only help you protect yourself and your firm, but will also strengthen your credibility with investors and clients alike. Your instructor will provide you with extensive knowledge on the use of disclosures and disclaimers in the real estate market by providing you with examples of specific terminology, requirements, and issues associated with disclosures and disclaimers. Course is iPad compatible

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  • REO and Foreclosures

    (1392 Ratings)
    5.00
    $79.95

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    Though the increased number of mortgage defaults and foreclosures in the U.S. is no cause for celebration, it is a simple fact that they present business opportunities for appraisers. As a practicing appraiser, it is beneficial for you to have a working knowledge of the lending and foreclosure processes associated with Real Estate Owned (REO) properties. Your instructor will provide you with in-depth information on the development of the traditional approaches for residential appraisals in addition to the unique challenges associated with REO and foreclosure properties, from accepting an assignment to delivering a final report. Course is iPad compatible – Calculator is Recommended

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  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems in Green Buildings

    (472 Ratings)
    4.00
    $69.95

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    A recent McGraw Hill study showed that over the past decade, green building in the single-family residential sector has increased ten-fold, up from 2% to over 20%. With these environmentally-conscious building practices only expected to grow in popularity, it is critical for appraisers to understand the design and construction of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in these high performance structures, as the likelihood that you will be called upon to value a green building will only increase as more builders start to transition to eco-friendly construction practices. Course is iPad compatible – Course #3 in a 3 Part Series

    The principles presented throughout this course can be applied in the appraisal of both residential and non-residential properties, although the examples provided are primarily residential in nature.

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  • The Dirty Dozen

    (2817 Ratings)
    3.00
    $49.95

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    Based on Advisory Opinion 11 of the 2014-2015 edition of USPAP, the “Dirty Dozen” covers the twelve elements that must be included in an Appraisal Report and a Restricted Appraisal Report. As the primary means of communicating the critical aspects of the appraisal process (including assignment results) to the client and other intended users, developing an understanding of these content requirements is invaluable to the appraiser-client relationship. Your instructor will provide you with detailed information on the appraisal process as well as the various elements of the two USPAP reporting options. Course is iPad compatible

    The 12 things that need to be in every appraisal report.

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  • The Nuts and Bolts of Green Building for Appraisers (with Audio and Video)

    (2011 Ratings)
    3.00
    $49.95

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    Green building is one of the fastest-growing segments of the construction industry today. Through this introductory-level course, you will gain a better understanding of the basics of green building and the relevance of sustainable construction and design. This course provides an overview of residential and commercial green building, including green materials, construction techniques, and third-party ratings for green structures. You will understand reporting issues related to green properties, including avoiding misrepresentation, and become aware of green MLS initiatives and energy-efficient mortgage products. This course avoids the hype and environmental hysteria, and gets to the nuts and bolts of this current issue in real property appraisal. In addition to the end-of-chapter quizzes and final exam, each chapter contains mini-quizzes that will test your knowledge of the material. The mini-quizzes will help prepare you for not only the end-o-chapter quiz, but also the cumulative final exam at the end of the course.

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  • The Thermal Shell

    (534 Ratings)
    3.00
    $49.95

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    What stands between you and the elements? Beyond drywall and two-by-fours, there are a number of elements that go into the construction of energy-efficient buildings that can affect the value of a property. This course explores the ins and outs of the thermal shell in both residential and commercial sectors. Your instructor, Tracy Martin, will overview the basics of building science and examine the systems designed to reduce air and water infiltration and thermal transmissions. Course is iPad compatible – Course #2 in a 3 Part Series

    The principles presented throughout this course can be applied in the appraisal of both residential and non-residential properties, although the examples provided are primarily residential in nature.

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  • Introduction to Legal Descriptions

    (1005 Ratings)
    2.00
    $39.95

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    Legal terminology may be its own unique language, but due to the nature of the valuation profession, all appraisers should be familiar with the basics of real property legal terms. Understanding these elements of the appraisal process will allow you to more effectively assess and value property assignments. Your instructor, Tracy Martin, will help demystify the numerous legal facets of a real estate transaction, including warranties, deeds, public records, constructive notices, and land descriptions. Course is iPad compatible

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  • Introduction to the Uniform Appraisal Dataset

    (771 Ratings)
    2.00
    $39.95

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    Put into effect by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2011, the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) is a tool used to standardize the ratings and responses for specific appraisal forms. A thorough knowledge of the UAD is essential for any appraiser evaluating homes for lenders who sell loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In this course, your instructor will provide you with detailed information about the UAD, including an overview of the Uniform Mortgage Data Program (UMDP) and a review of key terms, requirements, and guidelines associated with the UAD. Course is iPad compatible

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  • Mold, Pollution and the Appraiser

    (884 Ratings)
    2.00
    $39.95

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    Cladosporium. Aspergillus. Penicillium. Alternaria. These species of mold are just a few of the environmental pollutants all appraisers should be aware of when evaluating a residence. As well as posing a potential health hazard to residents, mold and other contaminants can significantly decrease the value of a home. Understanding these common environmental concerns will help you in appraising real property.  In this course, your instructor will provide you with an overview of common household molds and particulate matter, as well as the ways in which an appraiser should handle these hazards. Course is iPad compatible

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