I’m excited and humbled to be RAC’s 2020 President. It is a tremendous honor to be associated with some of the best residential appraisers in the industry. As RACer’s 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.
The education and sharing of ideas are endless. We’re very excited with our various committees that will continue the growth of RAC and our appraiser and client support. The clients continually look at RAC as the gold standard! The expansion of our Mentor Program will assist new members gain experience and exposure to relocation appraising, so if you want to become a better appraiser and help our membership become better appraisers, then consider RAC.
It goes without saying that RAC gives a big shout out and thank you to our clients and service providers who are integral in their support of RAC, not only with their financial support but also providing feedback to make RAC appraisers better in assisting and improving their services to their clients. Your contribution has made it possible to stay relevant over the past 30 years!
In September 2019, RAC held its annual conference celebrating our 30th anniversary in Plano, TX with Arnold Schwartz, SRA, SCRP and Craig Gilbert, SRA,CRP who started RAC. Our tremendous conferences keep getting better each year, and consensus was this was the best yet. The two-day conference was preceded the day before with an outstanding session sponsored by WERC obtaining relocation certification that was taught by Carrie Dare with Fidelity, Jodi Scannell with Dwellworks, Arnold Schwartz (charter member) and Michael Cook, MAI, SRA. Jeff Sherman with AI opened the conference and Lyle Radke from FNMA was our keynote speaker. There were sessions on various topics such as natural disasters (i.e. flooding, fires, etc.) on relocation appraising, forecasting adjustments, real estate trends, clients discussion of appraisal do’s and don’ts presented by Cartus, clients reviewing appraisals, the rating game with Rob Johnson with Altair, litigation and marketing for appraisers. Our 2020 conference is going to be in Plano, Texas as well. Terri Love, SRA will have another exciting series of sessions planned. So save the dates of September 17 – 18, 2020, and periodically check the website for further details on the conference.
Like the industry we participate in, RAC appraisers are evolving. We are working with industry stake holders to continual our journey and improve our organization and with the beginning of our next 30 years! We forward to make sure RAC remains the “gold-standard” for some time to come. Feel free to contact me with your comments.
Craig A. Stebner
RAC 2020 President