As I’ve said many times, the annual RAC conference is the best appraiser-centric conference I’ve ever attended. It is developed and operated by active appraisers who are working to help you thrive as a professional.
As the current president of RAC, I’m proud to be part of an organization comprised of the best residential appraisers in the U.S.
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RAC president Jonathan Miller spoke with RAC member Thomas E. Allen, SCRP from Oklahoma this morning (who is also first vice president and a former president of RAC). Tom mentioned that he attended the The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC) meetings last Thursday/Friday in Washington DC and was elected to represent TAFAC on The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees next year.
Tom recalled that:
without RAC, this would never have happened. RAC has presented so many opportunities for me.
Congratulations to Tom for this achievement and for his leadership in RAC and the appraisal profession!
The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC) is composed of 60 non-profit organizations and government agencies. TAFAC member organizations represent various professions and occupations with an interest in valuation including appraisers, home builders, real estate brokers, financial institution regulators, federal land acquisition agencies, the secondary mortgage market and the private mortgage insurance industry.
We’re excited to announce that RAC and Worldwide ERC are partnering up to hold an appraisal report writing contest, where relocation appraisers can showcase their professional expertise to the world. The winners will be announced to members of Worldwide ERC® and RAC as well as their constituents. The contest will provide terrific exposure to the best relocation appraisers in the business.
You can get all the details here: Worldwide ERC and RAC Appraisal Report Writing Contest.
RAC members Tom Allen, SCRP, and Craig Gilbert, CRP, SRA, have been recognized by Worldwide ERC and will be honored at the National Relocation Conference this week in Las Vegas.
Tom Allen, SCRP, has earned WERC’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award. By earning this award he also achieves Senior Certified Relocation Professional status, and joins only 170 Worldwide ERC members who hold this designation.
Tom has been a member of RAC since 1995, and is RAC’s treasurer. He started his real estate appraisal and consulting firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1971.
Craig Gilbert, CRP, SRA, has been awarded Worldwide ERC’s 2015 Meritorious Service Award. Craig was previously awarded the President’s award for development of the 2010 WERC relocation appraisal report.
Craig is one of the founding members of RAC, and serves on the board of directors. He has been an active appraiser since 1975. His firm is located in Huntington Beach, California.
On September 5, 2014, Relocation Appraisers & Consultants, Inc. (RAC) became the newest member of The Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council (TAFAC). RAC member, Thomas E. Allen, CRP, recently attended the TAFAC’s general membership meeting in Washington, D.C.
TAFAC is composed of 58 non-profit organizations and government agencies, which represent appraisers, users of appraisal services and government agencies. TAFAC serves to involve the public in the appraisal standards and appraiser qualifications development process.
Member organizations of TAFAC represent various professions and occupations. TAFAC currently includes organizations representing appraisers, home builders, real estate brokers, financial institution regulators, federal land acquisition agencies, the secondary mortgage market and the private mortgage insurance industry.
TAFAC makes recommendations to the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB), Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB) and Board of Trustees (BOT) on major issues pending before the Boards. In addition, recommendations are also made regarding agenda of projects, the selection of task forces, amendments to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), Statements or Advisory Opinions under development by the ASB and revisions to the AQB Appraiser Qualification Criteria and Interpretations/Clarifications.
RAC is very excited about being a member of TAFAC and this opportunity to serve the appraisal industry.
The best U.S. small city to live in has a median household income around $100,000, a healthy but not booming economy, high home values, very low property taxes and isn’t in the Northeast.
Ok, not Hollywood. But we’ve got a story to tell.
Over the past several years it has become apparent that RAC needed to get the message out: not only are our members the best relocation appraisers in the business (we literally wrote the book on relocation appraisal), but our members are the best residential appraisers in North America. With the significant depletion of experienced, high quality appraisers since the onset of the financial crisis, RAC members fill the void by specializing in complex residential properties including relocation, litigation support, testimony and reviews.
We really want you to know that.
The video project was spearheaded by RAC member and former president Jim Goodrich with help from members Suzanne Bloyed and Jonathan Miller – and invaluable contributions from current RAC president Michael Cook. The presentation conveys who we are and the benefits of becoming a member of RAC.
– Exposure to new clients and new sources of business
– Aligned with a highly regarded appraisal brand
– Interaction with well experienced residential appraisers
– Education opportunities including conferences and events
– Leadership opportunities to help professional growth
– and many more…
RAC member Ernest “Ernie” Durbin, SRA, CRP, was elected for a three year term to the Appraisal Practices Board of the Appraisal Foundation.
The Appraisal Practices Board is described on the Appraisal Foundation web site as follows:
The APB was officially formed by The Appraisal Foundation Board of Trustees on July 1, 2010. The APB has been charged with the responsibility of identifying and issuing opinions on Recognized Valuation Methods and Techniques, which may apply to all disciplines within the appraisal profession. The APB will offer voluntary guidance in topic areas which appraisers and users of appraisal services feel are the most pressing.
Ernie is also on the RAC board of directors and a never-ending resource of new ideas to RAC members and the industry in his quest to help appraisers become more efficient, making his election to the APB a perfect fit.
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For those of you that don’t know me, I’m Jonathan Miller, a long time member of RAC who dabbles in social media. At our recent conference in Dallas I was asked by the RAC Board to help share our membership’s wide array of valuation expertise with the public. This web site seems like a perfect vehicle to do that.
One of the reasons I’ve remained a RAC member for more than half of my 28 year appraisal career is because RAC members are the best residential (and commercial) appraisers in the country. I always wanted to be aligned with RAC – even though my market area has always seen limited relocation work. I knew it was important to maintain access to their collective knowledge so I could continue to grow as a valuation professional…and the membership is comprised of a great group of people.
What began as an organization that literally “wrote the book on relocation appraising” for ERC is really much more than that. RAC members are also known for their appraisal expertise of complex residential properties including litigation support, testimony and reviews. So much so that RAC has incorporated that message into their new tag line – “RAC: Providing valuation solutions for complex residential properties.”
We’ll soon be providing other ways to keep connected and informed so stay tuned!