Seminar Addresses Common Complaints Against Appraisers Through Case Studies

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Disciplinary complaints are a hot topic these days with appraisers. From accusations of bias or discrimination to failure to disclose significant real property appraisal assistance, complaints against appraisers are becoming more and more common. However, there are steps you as an appraiser can take to protect yourself against becoming the subject of a lawsuit or disciplinary action.

Attorney and McKIssock instructor Mel Black will cover the essential components of the appraiser licensing and certification system while examining the complaint process in a three-hour continuing education course taught exclusively at this year’s Valuation Expo entitled “Learning from the Mistakes of Others: Appraisal Disciplinary Case Studies.”

In this seminar on September 7, 2022, attendees will learn from actual cases that were adjudicated by state appraisal enforcement agencies and how to avoid common violations.

We sat down with Mel to learn more about this timely seminar: 

Q: How did you come up with the topic for this class?

A: This is what I do. I’ve been involved with cases before appraisal boards since 1995, first as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Appraisal Board for 8 years and then representing appraisers as an attorney for the last 19 years. This topic is one of my favorites to present, and I am appreciative of the opportunity to do so at Valuation Expo.

Q: Why is it important to discuss this topic now?

A: Anytime is a good time to improve your competency as an appraiser. It is so much better to learn from the mistakes of others rather than to make those mistakes.

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Q: What can students expect to learn during this class? 

A: Students can expect to improve their skills in applying the things they know to do in each appraisal assignment. While some violations are intentional acts, I see more cases where the appraiser made a mistake, had a misunderstanding of USPAP, misapplied the methodology, or some other shortcoming.  

Q: What do you want students to take away from attending this webinar?

A: First, they should bring their current USPAP book.  It will be a very helpful reference tool and a good place to take notes. I’d like them to make notes during class and take away a nice checklist of common mistakes that they can use to make sure their reports are solid before the report is transmitted. 

Learn more about this can’t-miss seminar here.

About Mel Black

Mel Black is the Director of Appraisal Innovation at McKissock Learning. Mel was first licensed as an appraiser in 1991 and as a real estate broker in 1988. He is an AQB-Certified USPAP Instructor and had earned two graduate degrees in the field of education. He was named the “Educator of the Year” by North Carolina Real Estate Educators Association and was the first recipient of the prestigious “Larry Outlaw Excellence in Education Award” established by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. In addition to his work with McKissock Learning, Mel is an attorney in private practice with a focus on representing real estate appraisers and other professionals before their licensing boards.

Prior to working with McKissock, Mel owned and operated an appraisal and real estate school where he developed and delivered appraisal and real estate continuing education courses. Mel got his start working in his family’s appraisal and real estate office and then went on to be the Executive Director of the North Carolina Appraisal Board and serve as the Education and Examination Officer for the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Mel has served as an appraisal subject matter expert in multiple roles including: reviewing and revising appraisal examination questions for a national provider and contributing to “APB Valuation Advisory #6: Valuation of Green and High-Performance Property: Background and Competency” by the Appraisal Foundation.

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