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  • Ethics in Review Ethics in Review Tuesday, October 13, 2020 in News, Education

    Reviewing some basic ethics points is always a good idea. For instance, did you know that ISA recently updated its Ethics Code and Ethics Disciplinary Procedures? Do you know what type of behavior ISA regulates (and does not regulate)? What are some of the most common ethics complaints and missteps?  

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  • Coping with Bats Coping with Bats Friday, September 11, 2020 in News, Education

    Apart from the colorful depictions of coronavirus particles, with their round bodies studded with barbs, we lack any eye-catching symbols, much less positive designs which boost our spirits, to represent this endless, depressing, time. This is where bats come in.

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  • Do Assignment Conditions Constitute a Limiting Condition? Do Assignment Conditions Constitute a Limiting Condition? Thursday, August 20, 2020 in Education

    The short answer is no. To better understand the question, let’s take a look at the 2020-2021 Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) definition of assignment conditions. USPAP defines Assignment Conditions as, "Assumptions, extraordinary assumptions, hypothetical conditions, laws and regulations, jurisdictional exceptions, and other conditions that affect the scope of work."

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  • Introducing ISA Private Client Services' New Diminution of Value Webinar Series Introducing ISA Private Client Services' New Diminution of Value Webinar Series Wednesday, August 5, 2020 in Education

    Christine Guernsey, ISA CAPP, introduces the new Diminution of Value Webinar Series, presented by ISA Private Client Services. Filmed in four parts, it explores the various aspects of preparing for and completing Diminution of Value damage appraisals.

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  • Practical Applications For Value-In-Use And Value-In-Place Practical Applications For Value-In-Use And Value-In-Place Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Education

    When is it appropriate to use value-in-use or value-in-place? The terms can be confusing as they relate to internal relevant characteristics, or forces that effect value. Most appraisers will not have many occasions to consider value-in-use or value-in-place. However, having a good understanding of the terms and their respective uses will make it more likely that you will recognize the need for them if the opportunity arises.

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  • Updated IRS Publications are Now Available Updated IRS Publications are Now Available Monday, April 13, 2020 in Education Please be advised that Publication 526 on Charitable Contributions was updated in March 2020 by the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service for use in preparing 2019 Tax Returns. For appraisers, it is largely the same information as included in the previous publication. View More
  • Tips for Appraisal Reports During COVID-19 Tips for Appraisal Reports During COVID-19 Thursday, April 2, 2020 in Education Because social distancing and stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic are making it difficult for appraisers to complete reports as normal, we have provided the below information to include in your report to acknowledge the situation. View More
  • The Uncertain Chinese Art Market The Uncertain Chinese Art Market Tuesday, March 10, 2020 in Education An essential part of every appraisal report is the inclusion of current art market information explaining the factors, both local and global, which can affect an appraiser's valuations. Today, uncertainty surrounds the Chinese art market because Mainland Chinese buyers who are its driving force have been affected by two major challenges: the political unrest and protests in Hong Kong and the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). View More
  • Perfection is Impossible: Understanding Competence Under USPAP Perfection is Impossible: Understanding Competence Under USPAP Tuesday, February 18, 2020 in Education When I teach ISA members on the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) in the 15 Hour and 7 Hour courses, I like to stress a key point of the Competency Rule: Perfection is impossible to attain, and competence does not require perfection. View More
  • Why ISA is on Instagram and Why You Should Be Too! Why ISA is on Instagram and Why You Should Be Too! Monday, February 17, 2020 in Education ISA joined the Instagram community in November 2019 and we are off to a great start! Through the account, we have been able to promote our brand, bring our members together and highlight continuing education opportunities and events. View More