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  • The Post-Pandemic New "Work" Order & Design Trends The Post-Pandemic New "Work" Order & Design Trends Tuesday, August 29, 2023 in Ask an Instructor, Education, Member Insights

    The media speculated that after the long COVID lock-down, consumers’ day-to-day life would return to the fast paced, activity-filled, dining-out-often existence, including returning to the office for work, that was typical of pre-pandemic life. Quite the opposite, the reality has been that people are continuing to use their homes as their primary workplace, the preferred place to entertain, and a sanctuary to relax and exercise a more financially conservative lifestyle.

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  • What to do in Montréal! What to do in Montréal! Monday, August 14, 2023 in News

    As we eagerly await our upcoming annual Assets 2024 conference in April 2024, we'd like to offer you an enticing preview of what Montréal has in store for you this Spring. A melting pot of cultures, Montréal effortlessly weaves its rich European heritage with a distinctive French flair that's evident in every corner of the city.

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  • Congratulating the 2023 ISA Award Winners Congratulating the 2023 ISA Award Winners Thursday, July 27, 2023 in News

    The ISA  Annual Awards Program gives us the opportunity to recognize individuals who have gone above and beyond to help strengthen the mission of ISA and the personal property appraising profession. ISA would like to give a huge thank you to the board, committee members, members, and staff for their hard work in keeping ISA running smoothly throughout the year. The effort and commitment to ISA have not gone unnoticed.

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  • Housework: Making Onsite Inspections Easier Housework: Making Onsite Inspections Easier Monday, June 26, 2023 in Business Tips

    Though some of our members have a very narrow specialty most of us are called to catalog an estate at some point. A common question many new appraisers have is how to handle an inventory that is inclusive of all the property in a home.

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  • USPAP - Frequently Asked Questions! USPAP - Frequently Asked Questions! Friday, April 14, 2023 in Ask an Instructor, Education

    The Uniform Standards of Appraisal Practice (USPAP) materials include a lot of Frequently Asked Questions! There are currently 367 FAQs in the 2020-2021 version of USPAP which has been extended through December 31, 2023. These are included as guidance from The Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) of The Appraisal Foundation to respond to questions to illustrate the applicability of USPAP in specific situations.

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  • Who Can and Should be Listed as an Intended User Under USPAP Who Can and Should be Listed as an Intended User Under USPAP Tuesday, April 4, 2023 in Ask an Instructor

    As an instructor, I often get questions about who can and should be listed as an “intended user” under the Uniform Standards for Appraisal Practice (USPAP).  And, I am also often asked what “rights” intended users have under USPAP.

    The short answer:  Generally, you want to list as few intended users as necessary to meet the client’s needs.  And, intended users do not have a right to obtain a copy of the report without client consent.

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  • Announcing ISA's 2022-2023 Board of Directors Announcing ISA's 2022-2023 Board of Directors Wednesday, September 7, 2022 in News

    Voting for ISA's 2022-2023 Board of Directors has ended and we would like to congratulate our recently elected members.

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  • Understanding Guardianships Understanding Guardianships Monday, August 29, 2022 in Education

    In the Netflix movie “I Care A Lot,” Rosamund Pike’s character, Marla Grayson, is an icy, ambitious, court-appointed legal guardian who fleeces her wards out of their homes, cash, and personal property with amazing efficiency. The story is fiction, but it shines a (dramatic) light on the predicament of individuals who become wards due to mental incapacity, inability to care for themselves, addiction, or disability.

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  • Extension of 2020-2021 USPAP Extension of 2020-2021 USPAP Tuesday, August 16, 2022 in News

    The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board announced on August 11, 2022, that it was extending the current USPAP another year through the end of 2023. The next published edition will be effective January 1, 2024.

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  • 4 Tips for New Appraisers 4 Tips for New Appraisers Thursday, July 14, 2022 in Business Tips

    Taking the Core Course in Appraisal Studies can be overwhelming to new appraisers.  It is like learning an entirely new language or learning the correct language for concepts absorbed through prior business practices.  A significant amount of information is presented in a short amount of time, and sometimes it is difficult to take in all the nuances and apply them to your appraisal practice...

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