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Hot Topics and Myths in Appraiser Liability

EMAIL   Date: May 4, 2019   Location: Savannah, GA
  Local Area Topics  
Category  Electives [E]  
Attendance Hours  7.0  
Current Price  $ 155.00 AI Price  
$ 180.00 Full Price  
Name  Savannah Area Realtors  
Address  7015 Hodgson Memorial Drive  
City  Savannah  
State  GA  
Zip  31406  
  Sponsor / Contact  
Chapter  Savannah Area
Contact Name  Suzanne Brockway  
Phone  (770) 803-0024  
The core purpose of this seminar is to educate appraisers about the legal risks they face by using real-world professional liability situations and lawsuits. The seminar is divided into two parts. The first part primarily focuses on liability issues arising from appraisal assignments for lending purposes. The second part focuses on liability stemming from non-lending work, such as expert witness, divorce and tax assignments. These are the kinds of questions answered by the seminar: Who sues appraisers? What do they sue for? When does the FDIC file a lawsuit against an appraiser? Can an appraiser be sued more than five years after the appraisal – i.e., what are the relevant statutes of limitation? How should I handle responding to a subpoena? What effect does a state disciplinary matter have on my potential liability? How long should an appraiser keep a work file? What should go into a work file to help the appraiser in defense of a lawsuit? Do residential or commercial appraisers face more risk? What about review appraisers – do they get sued? What does E&O insurance cover?


The objectives of the seminar are to educate appraisers about:

• The most common sources and causes of professional negligence lawsuits against appraisers.

• The relationship between the USPAP concepts of client/intended user and who can sue an appraiser for negligence.

• The danger areas of appraising with respect to potential liability.

• What appraisers can do to minimize liability risk (the emphasis is on the need for better and clearer disclosure, not disclaimer language).

• How to deal with common liability threat situations.

• The progress of a typical appraiser liability lawsuit, and the most common claims and defenses.

• The importance of the appraiser’s work file and what elements of the work file are most relevant to liability prevention.

• The role of professional liability insurance.


Peter Christensen, General Counsel, LIA Administrators & Insurance Services, Santa Barbara, CA

The instructor is attorney Peter Christensen. Peter is the General Counsel of LIA Administrators & Insurance Services, which provides professional liability insurance to about 20,000 appraisers. LIA's E&O insurance program for appraisers is endorsed by the Appraisal Institute. Peter also maintains LIA's website about appraiser legal issues at Peter responds to insureds if they have been served with a lawsuit, demand letter, or notified of a disciplinary complaint. Peter is a graduate from UC Berkeley School of Law.

Cancellation Policy
  • Up To 15 days prior to program start date, $25.00 cancellation fee.
  • 3 - 14 days prior to program start date, $50.00 cancellation fee.
  • Less than 3 days prior to program start date, forfeit of payment.
  Transfer Policy
  • Up To 15 days prior to program start date, no transfer fee.
  • 3 - 14 days prior to program start date, $25.00 transfer fee.
  • Less than 3 days prior to program start date, no transfer allowed.
Enrollment is on a first-come, first served basis. If the education program is filled, e-mail Suzanne Brockway at to be placed on a waiting list.

The Savannah Area Chapter Appraisal Institute is not responsible for students' non-refundable airline reservations, lodging, or other expenses.

If you have a disability and require accommodation, please notify the Savannah Area Chapter office at least two weeks in advance and we will arrange for reasonable accommodation.

Enrollment Cancellation Policy:
If a student wishes to cancel enrollment, a cancellation notice must be submitted in writing via email to Suzanne Brockway at A confirmation of the cancellation will be e-mailed to the student once it is processed by the Chapter office. See course details regarding cancellation fees. This confirmation will serve as your receipt.

Program materials will be picked up at the site.
  Additional Information  
Savannah Board of Realtors, 7015 Hodgson Memorial Dr., Savannah, Georgia, 31406
Phone: (912) 354-1513
Web Site:

The realtors office (classroom) is on Hodgson Memorial Drive between Stephenson Avenue to the north and Eisenhower drive to the south. Go to and search Savannah and move around the map. Lots of hotels in the area. Some options are located on Abercorn Street including Fairfield Inn, Residences inn, Courtyard, etc.

Saturday, May 4, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Class Instruction
Lunch is on your own.

The Appraisal Institute, GA & SC Real Estate Appraisers Boards have approved this seminar for 7 hours of CE credit.

To receive credit, 100% attendance is required for all Appraisal Institute education programs. Students should not be late or leave early; if they are late or leave early, they will not receive credit.



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