I’m excited and humbled to be RAC’s 2019 President. I am blessed to be associated with some of the best residential appraisers in the industry. As RACers we have our roots in relocation appraising, but have branched out to other areas of complex residential appraisal assignments such as eminent domain and litigation support.
After doing relocation appraisals for several years, I sought out RAC after learning about the “gold standard organization” of relocation appraising. My first direct contact was coming to the RAC conference, where I was able to connect with other seasoned relocation appraisers as well as meet relocation vendors. That was a game changer for me. Not only did I meet appraisers that would mentor me, but I also gained clients! So if you want to become a better appraiser, then consider RAC.
In September 2018, RAC held its annual conference in Plano, Texas. Our conferences keep getting better each year, and I felt this was the best yet. The two day conference had sessions on topics like the HGTV effect on relocation appraising, an alternative valuation technique, forecasting adjustments, real estate trends, a discussion of appraisal train wrecks, and a great presentation on how to avoid getting sued to name a few. Our 2019 conference is going to be in Plano, Texas as well. Co-chairs Betsy Hughes, SRA and Craig Stebner have an exciting series of sessions planned. So save the dates of September 19 – 20, 2019, and periodically check the website for further details on the conference.
As Charles Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Like the industry we participate in, RAC appraisers are evolving. We are working with industry stake holders to keep us relevant in the 21st century. And I look forward to rolling-up my sleeves to make sure RAC remains the “gold-standard” for some time to come. Feel free to contact me with your comments.
Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA, MSSE
RAC 2019 President