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2015 NAIFA National Conference Course Descriptions

Monday, October 19, 2015

Statistical Analysis and Hedonic Regression Applied to the Appraisal Profession – 9:35am - 12:05pm 

This session will focus on reviewing the statistical tools required to develop and describe assignment results in valuation assignments and the application of the Hedonic Method within the sales comparison approach.

Speaker: Ernest Demba

Preparing and Presenting Expert Valuation Testimony – 1:30pm - 6:05pm

This session will focus on the litigation environment involving appraisers as experts.  Credible and convincing evidence of value is an essential factor in most tax controversies.  Whether in court, ARBs, negotiation or behind the scenes strategy and analysis, all sides can benefit from the early involvement of both expert appraisers and legal counsel.  Individually, but especially collectively, the effective use of appraisers and attorneys can give a case greater credibility and enhance persuasion while ultimately being more cost-effective for the client than not using such resources.  This session will address the benefits and processes involved in developing and presenting expert valuation testimony.

Speaker: Thomas Countryman


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Secrets to Hotel/Casino Valuation 
– 9:05am - 5:10pm

Valuation of casinos involves a multi-disciplinary perspective of real, personal and business intangibles.  With the expansion of legalized casinos over the past decade there are increasing challenges involved in valuing these properties.  Many of the challenges are exemplified during development and taxation efforts, however the issues of valuation occurs in many other areas.  This program will included the unique challenges involved in valuing them from a ad valorem property taxation perspective, real versus personal property perspective, business valuation perspective.  All of the challenges and potential solutions are necessary considerations an appraiser needs to examine in involved in real estate appraisal.

Speakers: Dr. Lawrence Golicz, Raymond Rath, Neil Thompson, and Mary Ann Weidner

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

What's New at Veterans Affairs – 8:00am - 10:00am

This 2-hour session will review the most recent VA circulars and their impact on, and expectations of, appraisers and also provide an overview of the latest VA appraisal policies.

Speakers: Phyllis Chilton

Fannie Mae Update – 10:00am - 12:00pm

This 2-hour session will provide an overview of the 2015 Lender Letters, the Current Selling Guide, and Collateral Underwriting.

Speakers: Scott Douglas and Jeremy Staudenmaier


State Approvals


NAIFA has applied for CE credit in the following states:

Arkansas - approved

California - approved

Florida - pending

Illinois - approved

Indiana - approved

Michigan - approved

Missouri - approved

Nevada - approved

New Jersey - approved

New Mexico - pending

New York - pending

Oklahoma - approved

Oregon - approved

Pennsylvania - approved

Tennessee - approved

Texas - approved

Washington - approved

To receive state CE credit for the educational sessions, you must attend the full day. Monday and Tuesday's sessions have been approved for 7 hours each and Wednesday's session has been approved for 4 hours.

If you do not see your state listed above but would like to attend the conference, please contact NAIFA at 312-321-6830 or

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