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General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies

    Date: November 10 - 13, 2014   Location: Chicago, IL
Category  General [Gen]  
Attendance Hours  28.0  
Exam Hours  2.0  
Current Price  $ 490.00 AI Price  
$ 540.00 Full Price  
Please register early  
After Oct 27, 2014
$ 50.00  
 Late Fee
Alan Blankenship, PhD  
Name  Chicago Chapter  
Rep  LA  
Address  205 W Wacker Dr #202  
City  Chicago  
State  IL  
Zip  60606  
Phone  (312) 616-9400  
Click Here to check state approvals
  Sponsor / Contact  
Chapter  Chicago
Contact Name  L.A. Anderson  
Phone  (312) 616-9406  
Fax  (312) 616-9404  
General Appraiser Report Writing & Case Studies provides instruction in effectively communicating a sound analysis of selected parts of a valuation. The course addresses USPAP requirements and the three types of writing most often used in appraisal reports: descriptive, numerical, and analytical. Lectures on writing principles, discussions of various sections of the appraisal report, and in-class writing exercises and presentations provide guidance and practice in effective communication of a valuation analysis. Specific assignments include writing a thesis statement, summarizing data, creating effective tables, writing a conclusion, communicating highest and best use, communicating an analysis, writing a letter of transmittal, and writing a reconciliation and opinion of value. During this four-day course, participants will use data provided in case studies as the basis for writing assignments that will help them recognize and produce effective reports. A two-hour multiple-choice examination that focuses on components of good writing concludes the course.

Note. This course can also be used for MAI education requirements. Click here for details.

  • Table of Contents and Overview [PDF]
  • Course Schedule [PDF]
    Those seeking general Appraiser Certification and appraisers who want to improve their writing skills

    ·  Laptops REQUIRED
    A financial calculator is required.. The accepted model used in the course is the HP-12C. Note. Cellular phones, tablets, iPads, and other devices that connect to the Internet are NOT permitted during the exam.
    HP12C calculator user's manual
    You must be familiar with calculator operation when the course begins. Answers to problems in course material are shown using the HP12C. Do not come to class expecting to be taught how to use a financial calculator.
    · Free Review--Using a Financial Calculator; Formulas, Symbols, Math Review, and Sample Problems; and Financial Calculator Practice Exercises
    · For additional help with the HP-12C calculator, take our online seminar, Using Your HP12C Financial Calculator
    Basic Appraisal Principles
    Basic Appraisal Procedures
    National Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) Course, 15-Hour
    General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use
    General Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach
    General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach
    General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 1
    General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 2

    Students must sign a waiver at the beginning of the course stating that they have the prerequisites. If they do not, they will not hold the Appraisal Institute responsible and will not expect to receive special attention during the course.
      For Further Reading  
      The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th ed.  
      The Appraisal Writing Handbook  
    Cancellation Policy
    • $50.00 cancellation fee.
    • Less than 2 days prior to program start date, forfeit of payment.
      Transfer Policy
    • $50.00 transfer fee.
    • Less than 2 days prior to program start date, no transfer allowed.
      Program Material Policy

    Beginning 4 weeks before the offering start date, program material will be shipped directly to the student. If this material has been shipped and you request a registration cancellation, you will automatically be charged a $25.00 fee and you may keep the material. Once the fee is charged, your refund will be processed. Material returns are no longer accepted. Contact the offering sponsor for more information.
    • Cancel Offering, $25.00 material fee.
    Class Schedule:
    Registration: 8:00am - 8:30am
    Class begins at 8:30am each morning/ends at 4:30pm
    The Chicago Chapter enforces the attendance requirements as mandated by the State of Illinois and the AQB. There is a 100% attendance policy, if you are late, you will not receive credit. If you are late the first day of the course, you may stay in class but you will not receive credit. Registration begins at 8:00 am for every course. Each course begins promptly at 8:30 am each day.
    Cancellation & Transfer Policy: Please read carefully.
    The Chicago Chapter charges a $50 cancellation AND $50 transfer fee.
    If you cancel less than I WEEK PRIOR the start of the course or seminar you will receive NO REFUND. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to receive a refund. The Chicago Chapter reserves the right to cancel, limit or reschedule the programs and to change faculty assignments at any time. Prospective students should confirm their registrations before making any non-refundable airline reservations.
    You will be picking your materials up at the beginning of the class from the Chapter. If you would like to review the materials prior to class, you may go to the Knowledge Center (KC) at
    HOTEL INFO: We have a corporate rate at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, right across the street from the chapter office.
    Call Molly at 312.529.1117 and tell her you’re a student with the Chicago Chapter and she will make your reservation for you.

    Please contact Mary Jane - 312.616.9400 or LA -
    if you have any questions or need assistance.

    Program materials can be downloaded by the student or can be shipped directly to the student. If you choose to have the material shipped and do not receive your materials within 5 days before the offering start date, please call the sponsor to inform them.


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