Kevin Hopkins

Kevin Hopkins is a 1996 graduate of Widener School of Law and has taught college and continuing education classes since 1998. His first experience with politics involved lobbyist reform in the early 90's.

Understanding Background Checks

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

There is a lot of misunderstanding and anxiety about background checks. I think we could all agree with that statement, right?

Let me put your mind at ease about a few of the myths that are perpetuated in the blogosphere.

Myth #1: "I did something stupid when I was in college and I am a different person today. A background check is going to cause me to lose work."

Discussing Regulation that Affects Appraisers

Friday, October 25, 2013

There are a few things that let you know that summer is officially over every year. The leaves begin to change color, there is a slight chill in the air, pumpkins are placed on doorsteps, and the Association of Appraiser Regulatory Officials (AARO) holds their Fall Conference in Washington D.C. I was lucky enough to head to D.C. and participate in the conference again this year. It was a great chance to hear about the upcoming changes that are sure to change the appraisal industry.

Alternate Dimensions of Dodd-Frank

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

It is hard to believe, but the appraising world may have just been inadvertently turned upside down once again due to President Barack Obama's 2012 recess appointments. President Obama is certainly not the first or only president to make use of recess appointments, both President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton made great use of recess appointments and bypassed the Senate much more frequently than President Obama has.

AARO Points the Way

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Association of Appraisal Regulatory Officials' Fall Conference was held at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C. from October 13-16, 2012. AARO is a vitally important stakeholder in the appraisal profession as it brings together regulators from thirty state boards to share information, compare notes and propose remedies for the most pressing issues.

The Appraisal Rules of Etiquette

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

In this day and age, it seems like a lot of things have fallen by the wayside and good manners should not be one of them.  When you do an appraisal, you are representing yourself and the people who have hired you. A certain degree of professionalism should always be the standard and not the exception.  With that being said, what are the expectations in this day and age? Here is a list, by no means exclusive, of rules to live by.