The Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter welcomes you!
The mission of our chapter is to be the leaders in the real estate appraisal and consulting profession by providing the highest quality education, professional resources, as well as promoting professional credentials, enforcement of standards of practice and a code of ethics consistent with the public good.
Our multifaceted website provides visitors with the following:
- List of all Chapter-sponsored activities, such as meetings and events (including topics and schedules); educational offerings, including seminars, courses, podcasts, and special events; employment opportunities for job seekers and employers looking to hire; and resources commonly used by appraisers.
- Brief explanation of the role of appraisals and appraisers and how to identify qualified appraisers to perform real estate valuation and consultation services.
- Access to our Facebook page and Twitter feed — venues for discussing opportunities, identifying challenges, and working on real problems faced by our chapter’s members, candidates, affiliates and the general public.
- Guidance in understanding the long awaited revamping of real estate assessments in Philadelphia, also know as the “Actual Value Initiative.”
We encourage you to visit this website often. Regular updates will make it easy for interested individuals to stay connected and informed by attending meetings, educational offerings and special Chapter events.
Coalition of Pennsylvania Real Estate Appraisers
The Coalition of Pennsylvania Real Estate Appraisers (CPREA) was formed in late 2012 by the five Pennsylvania Chapters of the Appraisal Institute and other interested appraisal professionals to be the Voice of Responsible Real Estate Valuation in Pennsylvania. CPREA grew as a response to a push by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR) to enact legislation that would permit salespersons and brokers to provide valuation services outside of the brokerage context. The chapters realized they did not have a system in place to provide a timely response to legislation which affects the industry and the public trust. As a result, our Chapter’s Board of Directors unanimously decided to contribute financial resources and manpower to form CPREA to provide this conduit, and to have a voice in the Pennsylvania legislative arena. The fight against SB 869, introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate in April, gains momentum every day. Browse the Coalition’s website at www.cprea.org to get more information.
Candidate for Designation Program
As of January 2013, the Appraisal Institute continues its focus on the Candidate for Designation program and its strategic vision that will transition the organization from a professional association to a professional society over the next few years. The appraisal industry has become increasingly competitive in recent years, and joining the Appraisal Institute demonstrates that you are a well-credentialed and highly qualified professional who is serious about your career. If you’re not a designated member of AI, seriously consider becoming a Candidate for Designation: Candidates work with informed and encouraging Advisors within a proactive, structured program that offers guidance and financial incentives to make progress toward designation. If you already have your Appraisal Institute designation, please consider becoming an Advisor to assist others in achieving this worthwhile professional goal.
Newly Designated Members
Special recognition must be made to our members that were newly designated in 2013: Joseph Sisson, MAI; Richard A. Hideck, MAI; Emily J. Risser, MAI; Daniel Schneider, MAI; Jose Lopez, MAI; James Klementisz, MAI, SRA; Baker Bell, MAI; Kimberly Minnich, SRA; Edward Falkowski, III, SRA.
2014 is off to strong start with four newly designated members: Heather Hemmer, MAI; Christin Philips, MAI; Robert Myers, MAI and David Johnston, MAI. Congratulations to all!
Our previous Boards of Directors, Past Chapter Presidents, and our Executive Director deserve our appreciation and immense gratitude for their leadership and the hard work they have done on behalf of the Chapter. The 2014 Officers and Directors look forward to continuing this tradition of leadership excellence.
Philadelphia Metropolitan Chapter of the Appraisal Institute