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  • Hog Wild Appraisal Problems Hog Wild Appraisal Problems Saturday, March 2, 2024 in News, Ask an Instructor, Education

    Yesterday I received the following voicemail message:
    “Potential Client calling from Nashville Suburb. I have a hundred-thousand-dollar hog I need appraised for insurance purposes. That’s what I paid for it so I would expect that it would appraise for that. I have all of the paperwork to show what I paid for it. What would you charge to come out and appraise the hog? Give me a call on the fee for that. 

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  • 9 Reasons Why Should You Hire an ISA Personal Property Appraiser 9 Reasons Why Should You Hire an ISA Personal Property Appraiser Wednesday, January 31, 2024 in News

    Hiring an ISA personal property appraiser provides many benefits. There are numerous reasons to seek a professional appraisal, including planning insurance coverage, charitable donations, probate of an estate, or simply determining the value of your tangible assets. The ISA credential tells the public, clients, and business experts that ISA members are appraisers. It says that our professionals are in compliance with national standards, maintain high ethical principles, and have been trained to produce appraisal reports of the highest caliber.

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  • Art Authentication Can be a Tricky Business! Art Authentication Can be a Tricky Business! Wednesday, January 17, 2024 in News, Ask an Instructor, Education, Business Tips

    Art authentication can be tricky business. The International Society of Appraisers Core Course in Appraisal Studies teaches, “Authentication is a matter of informed and reasoned opinion, explaining, “Authentication is rarely definitive or absolute…. It is subject to revision as additional information becomes available…. It is subject to disagreement among experts.”

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  • UPDATES FOR YOUR APPRAISAL PRACTICE UPDATES FOR YOUR APPRAISAL PRACTICE Thursday, December 28, 2023 in News, Ask an Instructor, Education

    There are a few changes to the new 2024 edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), effective January 1, 2024. It is your responsibility as an ISA Appraiser to educate yourself in the changes to USPAP.

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  • Announcing ISA's 2023-2024 Board of Directors Announcing ISA's 2023-2024 Board of Directors Monday, November 27, 2023 in News

    Voting for ISA's 2023-2024 Board of Directors has ended and we would like to congratulate our recently elected members.

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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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