There is an old adage that says knowledge is power. Never have I found another industry this holds more true. The more we, as appraisers, understand about a specific area, neighborhood, or subdivision the more accurate and credible report is able to be produced. Let’s face it, that’s why we are here… To provide accurate estimates of value. I want to encourage all of us to reach out to our fellow colleagues to discuss current industry changes, with questions, with that tough one you worked on last week.
Our team at Appraisal Buzz, and I, are really excited to announce the launch of an Appraisal Buzz magazine. Yes, you heard that right. We are going to engineer some backwards technology and publish our first ever print magazine next Spring. We've gone retro with an old fashioned, glossy magazine delivered to your mailbox.
There are very few industries quite like the appraisal industry. An appraisal office is predominantly a small business in terms of size and volume that is heavily regulated. We always think of appraisers as individual islands in the valuation space. What if there was a place an appraiser could go to get that precious bit of information that could change their business. Possibly make them more efficient? Allow them to provide their client with a better product? A place where they could learn some of the insider secrets in the industry? But the source would have to be reliable.
Change is described as making something different, doing something differently, or some thing or some one undergoing a transformation. You can change your clothes, change your attitudes, change your mind, and even make change for a dollar. What I want to talk about is accepting and embracing change and seeing change as a good thing, not as a threat and something to be resisted.
Our 15th edition of Valuation Expo is over and everyone that attended told us it was one of the best ever! The Collateral Risk Network meeting had more attendees than ever before and the CRN party hosted by ACI was said to be the networking event of the year.
You heard that right. I said "Show Me the Moneyyyy!"
One of my all time favorite movies is Jerry Maguire. Are you feeling like your back is up against the wall? Well, sit down and write that mission statement. You aren’t likely to earn too many new clients by sitting back and waiting for them to call you. You are going to have to work it. Valuation Expo is that client rich environment.
The Appraisal Buzz recently had a chance to speak with Creighton Angst, Sr Valuation Manager, QA about her position with Urban Lending Solutions Appraisals, her past experience in the appraisal industry, and what the future holds for ULSA and the industry as a whole.
Buzz: We hear ULSA is actively recruiting a senior valuation manager of operations. What inspired you to take the position of senior valuation manager of compliance at ULSA?
As we discussed in the last installment, Valuation Expo was started on three founding principles -- Learn, Network, and Prosper. We've already covered the learning aspect. Today, we continue our in depth look with the networking component to show you how to best leverage your Valuation Expo experience.
Valuation Expo was started on three founding principles -- Learn, Network, and Prosper. Throughout the years, these principles have remained a guiding force for the conference. But what do these items mean to you? We are taking an in depth look here at the education component to show you how to leverage your Valuation Expo experience.