2018 RAC Conference

 Time Keeps on Slipping into the Future

September 13-14, 2018  Plano TX

Relocation Appraisers and Consultants 2018 Conference Recap

I’d like to extend a warm greeting to all of you out there and introduce myself. My name is Byron Miller and I am the 2019 RAC president. For those of you who attended our conference in Plano, Texas I hope you had a wonderful time and a safe trip home. For those of you that couldn’t make it, you missed one of our best conferences yet. In addition, to those folks that couldn’t make the conference, I’ll give you an overview of what you missed.

Day one of our conference kicked off with our 2018 President Jonathan Miller’s opening remarks. Jeff Sherman, vice president of the Appraisal Institute then gave a presentation on current industry events affecting appraisers. Dwellworks’ Tim Evanko presented a session on the HGTV effects on the relocation market. Ted Whitmer followed and gave a thought provoking presentation on transferred value in appraisals. Then RAC’s own Michael Cook, gave an interactive presentation on forecasting adjustments. The last presentation of the day concluded with a series of roundtable topics ranging from building materials to appraiser marketing. At the end of day one, there was a reception honoring past RAC presidents and new members.

Day two got off to a great start with Vicki Hamp & Patricia Ann Pollard discussing Real Estate trends. The next session led by Carrie Dare of Fidelity Residential Property Services discussed appraisal train wrecks. Peter Christiansen of LIA Insurance gave a great presentation about appraiser liability and minimizing your risk of being sued. Marty Shaw presented on the valuation of trees & shrubs. The conference concluded with a fireside chat and the announcement of the winner of the 2018 ERC report writing contest.

Speaking of the report writing contest, I’d like to thank the over two dozen who entered. I’m pleased to announce this year’s winner is a new RAC member, Paul Lewis from Orono, Minnesota. Paul is a second generation appraiser with over two decades of appraising experience. Please reach out and congratulate Paul. He can be reached at paullewisappraiser@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for details of next year’s conference which is Sept 19th – 21st, 2019 in Plano, TX. Betsy Hughes and vice president Craig Stebner are co-chairs. They have some exciting topics and events planned for 2019’s conference. I think it’s going to be the best conference yet! Please save the date.

Best Regards,

Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA, MSSE
2019 RAC President
ByronMiller@RAC.net

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Thursday, September, 13 2018

7:00-8:00     REGISTRATION and CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:15-9:00     WELCOME and OPENING REMARKS

Jonathan Miller, CRE, CRP, RAC President

Jeff Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS, Appraisal Institute Vice President

9:20-10:20   THE HGTV EFFECT – What’s the value of a gallon of grey paint? 

Tim Evanko, CRP, Dwellworks

10:45-11:45   TRANSFERRED VALUE – Why cost is not always equal to value

Ted Whitmer, MAI, AI-GRS, CRE, CCIM

12:00-1:00     LUNCH

1:00-2:00       GLOBAL MOBILITY: TAX REFORM

Kristen Barnett, CPA, Price Waterhouse International Assignment Services

Phil Miller, Price Waterhouse International Assignment Services

Terri Love, SRA

2:20-3:20      FORECASTING IN A VOLATILE MARKET – The “F” Word

Michael Cook, MAI, SRA

3:45-5:00       RIVETING ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

What buyers are looking for when purchasing a home and what adds value

James Williams, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, PenFed Realty

FEMA Flood Maps and Elevation Certificates – How they impact insurability and value of homes across the nation

Matt Kern, Senior Marketing Representative

Building Materials

Eric J. Neeld Vice President, Customer Relations, ReloOlogy Inspection Management Services

Marketing as an appraiser

Michael Hobbs, SRA, LEED GA and Rachel Massey, SRA, AI-RRS, IFA

Facilitators:  Stacie Stewart, Altair Global and Molly Merrick Spalding, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Penfed Realty

5:30-7:00       Reception honoring New RAC Members and Past Presidents

Friday, September 14, 2018

8:00-9:00      CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND MORNING REMARKS

9:00-10:00    U.S. REAL ESTATE TRENDS AND TOPICS

Vicki Hamp, SCRP, GDS, SGMS-T, Long & Foster Real Estate

Patricia Ann Pollard, CRP, GMS, SGDS, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Gary Green

10:20-11:20   RELOCATION TRAIN WRECKS – A case study

Carrie Dare, CRP, Fidelity Residential Property Services

Ken Allen, CRP, Cornerstone Relocation Group

Allen Gardiner, SRA

                           The winner of the Report Writing Contest will be announced during this session

11:20-11:45     PRESIDENT’S HIGHLIGHTS

Jonathan Miller, CRE, CRP

12:00-1:00      LUNCH

1:00-2:00       LIABILITY AND APPRAISERS

Peter Christensen, General Counsel, LIA Administrators & Insurance Services

2:20-3:20      AMENITY TREE IMPROVEMENTS – A history? A mystery? What you need to know!

Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA, Green Season Consulting

3:45-4:45      FIRESIDE CHAT – Q&A

Katherine Trachta, SCRP, GMS, Altair Global

Jonathan Miller, CRE, CRP

Moderators:  Tom Allen, SCRP and Ron Box, SRA, SCRP

4:45-5:00      CLOSING REMARKS

Jonathan Miller, CRE, CRP, RAC President

Sherry Kaley, CRP and Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA, Conference Co-Chairmen

Phil Crawford, appraiser and radio host of Voice of Appraisal will be on site covering the conference and doing a remote taping of his show.

SPONSORED BY

 

Dwellworks The Appraisal Institute LIA
Fidelity Residential Solutions Appraisel Institute, North Texas Chapter Altair Global
Weichert Appraisel Institute, Green Country of Oklahoma Chapter Sold Data
Clarocity