Blog

Latest Posts

  • 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.”

    View More
  • 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.

    View More
  • 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.

    View More
  • 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.

    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
  • Ask an Instructor: USPAP Standards Ask an Instructor: USPAP Standards Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Ask an Instructor ISA members are invited to send in their questions on all things appraising and education to ISA's instructors. One of ISA's instructors will share answers on the ISA Blog. View More
  • Ready, Set, Get Your CAPP! Ready, Set, Get Your CAPP! Wednesday, July 17, 2019 in Education One of the best ways you can advance your career is to get your certification in appraising personal property. ISA's credentialing program ends with the Certified Member credential, known as CAPP, the highest level of membership with ISA. Earning your CAPP credential involves professional training and shows that you are committed and competent in your area of expertise. View More
  • Helpful Hint: Scope of Work Helpful Hint: Scope of Work Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Ask an Instructor Appraisers often ask how to write the Scope of Work in their appraisal report. ISA Director of Education Meredith Meuwly reviews USPAP requirements for this section of your report and the information you should be sure to include. View More
  • A Really Scary Halloween Story A Really Scary Halloween Story Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in Member Insights, Business Tips One of the scariest creatures that I have ever met is the dreaded TEMPLATE MONSTER!! She sneaks into appraisers' templates, making little changes or gnawing at key words necessary for one appraisal and not another, ultimately making items from the ISA checklist disappear... View More
  • An ISA Member in the Far East An ISA Member in the Far East Friday, September 21, 2018 in Member Insights Art insurance is still a developing business in the region, where more collection owners or custodians elect to self-insure rather than taking up specialist coverage... View More

From the ISA Now Blog

See all blog posts