Welcome to the 20th Annual A.C.O.W. Summer Conference!!!

Once again, we have an excellent line up of speakers delivering informative and relevant seminars not to be missed by appraisers! EARN UP TO 14HRS CE CREDIT during the conference while you catch up and network with your fellow appraisers.

Register Appraiser or Trainee

Register Non-Appraiser

Register Real Estate Agent

To pay with a check, please click the correct register button above and submit the online form, and simply close out of the Paypal page when redirected. Checks must be received no later than August 10, 2018. Mail all checks to the following address: A.C.O.W., 6351 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107.

To pay with a credit card, please click the correct register button above and submit the online form. Once the form is submitted you will be brought to Paypal to complete your transaction with a credit card.

Location & Hotel Stay Information

 

LOCATION

La Quinta Inns & Suites
1425 E 27th St
Tacoma,WA 98421
Phone: (253) 383-0146
Parking is free.

Click Here for Hotel Website

ROOM RESERVATIONS

ACOW has a room block rate of $119 + tax per night. It is available from Wednesday 8/15/2018 through Saturday 8/18/2018. Rooms will need to be reserved by July 30, 2018 to receive this rate. Must reserve your room through the Tacoma Location using the “ACOW” block by calling the hotel directly at 253-383-0146. The national reservation line will not have information on the special rates.

DEADLINE to book your room is July 30, or until the room block sells out, whichever happens first.

Reserve By Phone – Call 253-383-0146 and make sure to tell the reservation agent that you are a part of the “ACOW” block.

DIRECTIONS

See Schedule, and Registration tabs for more information…

Conference Registration

Register Appraiser or Trainee

Register Non-Appraiser

To pay with a check, please click the correct register button above and submit the online form, and simply close out of the Paypal page when redirected. Checks must be received no later than August 10, 2018. Mail all checks to the following address: A.C.O.W., 6351 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98107

To pay with a credit card, please click the correct register buttonabove and submit the online form. Once the form is submitted you will be brought to Paypal to complete your transaction with a credit card.


EVENT PRICING INFORMATION – For Appraisers and Trainees

 

  • FULL EVENT OPTIONS (includes all conference events and meals)  BEST DEAL!
    $349 – Thursday & Friday – All inclusive: 14hrs CE, lunches, and Thursday dinner
    $125 – Thursday & Friday TRAINEE – Classes, lunches, and Thursday dinner. Does not include CE.
  • ONE-DAY OPTIONS (Does not include Thursday dinner)
    $199 – Thursday – 7hrs CE + lunch. Does NOT include Thursday dinner
    $  30 – Thursday TRAINEE – Classes & lunch. Does not include CE or Thursday dinner.
    $199 – Friday – 7hrs CE + lunch.
    $  30 – Friday TRAINEE – Classes & lunch. Does not include CE.
  • THURSDAY DINNER (add-on for single-day attendees, guests not attending seminars)
    $  40 – Thursday Dinner ONLY

EVENT PRICING INFORMATION – For Non-Appraisers

Realtors will not receive continuing education credits for this seminar, but it will be a wealth of information.

  • OPTIONS
    $100 – Thursday AM –  includes lunch after seminar
    $100 – Friday PM – includes lunch prior to seminar
  • THURSDAY DINNER (add-on for single-day attendees, guests not attending seminars)
    $  40 – Thursday Dinner ONLY

MEALS

If you have special dietary needs please specify in form below. Detailed menu information is on the Conference Schedule.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Full Refund – Cancel by Aug. 1.
$75 Late Cancellation Fee – Cancel after Aug. 1 but before Aug. 9.
No Refund – Cancel after August 8.

Conference Schedule

 

A.C.O.W. Summer Conference – Day 1 – Thursday 8/16

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Registration

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM. Coffee and tea will be provided.

8:30 AM – 11:30 PM – Eight Appraiser Liability Parables

Peter Christensen, LIA Liability & Insurance Administrators

Using eight different real-world stories involving appraiser liability, this seminar provides key lessons for appraisers about professional liability issues and how to avoid them. The stories are parables providing specific pointers for appraisers on how to avoid becoming the main character (i.e., defendant) in another appraiser liability story. The eight real world claim stories covered are:

• “The Review Appraiser Sued by the Appraiser Whose Work He Criticized”
• “500 Appraisers Sued by One Company”
• “The Appraiser Who Put His E&O Information on His Website and in Appraisal Reports”
• “The Appraiser Who Did a Good Job Disclosing a Unique Sewer Issue.”
• “The Appraiser Who Turned a Bad Situation into a Lawsuit”
• “The Appraisers Who Thought They Could Only Get Sued over Appraisals for Loans”
• “The Appraiser Who Used a 1004 Form for a Tax Case”
• “The Commercial Appraiser Who Used Good Intended Use and Intended User Language”

11:30 PM – 12:30 PM – Lunch

Lunch will be held in the Cedar Room. Menu to be determined. Please note any special dietary restrictions on your registration form.

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM – Drone Technology in the Appraisal Industry

Bryan Boyce, Certified General Appraiser, Lamb Hanson Lamb, Inc.
Patrick Lamb, MAI, President, CEO, Lamb Hanson Lamb, Inc.
Michael Sanford, President, A Drone Solution, LLC

Session Information to Come

2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Update on The Appraisal Foundation, The Appraisal Standards Board and the Appraisal Qualifications Board

John Brenan, Director of Appraisal Issues, The Appraisal Foudation

The session will include discussion of the current initiatives of The Appraisal Foundation, as well as updates on proposed changes and guidance related to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). In addition, there will be updates on changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria. Lastly, the session will include a discussion of any “hot topics,” followed by an open Q&A session.

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – Social Hour w/ No Host Bar

5:30 PM – Dinner

Dinner will be held in the Cedar Room. Menu to be determined. Please note any special dietary restrictions on your registration form.

A.C.O.W. Summer Conference – Day 2 – Friday 8/17

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Registration

Registration will begin at 8:00 AM. Coffee and tea will be provided.

8:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Detailed Support for Various Adjustments in Appraisal Reports

Marc Campos, MAI, SRA

Appraiser’s are required to support the adjustments they make in all three of the standard approaches. What methods do you use to convince yourself and the readers of your reports that your adjustments are reasonable? Are your adjustments reflecting what buyers and sellers were thinking when they arrived at the sale price? Most of my appraisal assignments are done for attorneys or for executors of estates and therefore have a higher likely hood of being challenged than standard appraisals for mortgage assignments. Most of the examples are from the sales comparison approach for residential assignments. Hopefully you will be able to use one or more of these as templates to support adjustments in your appraisal assignments.

 

11:30 PM – 12:30 PM – Lunch

Lunch will be held in the Cedar Room. Menu to be determined. Please note any special dietary restrictions on your registration form.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Legislative Update

T.K. Bentler

Session information to come.

1:00 PM – 4:30 PM – Equestrian, Acreage, Water Issues & Rural Property

Ruth Harle
Barrie Folden (Realtors)
Carrie Sessions, U.S. Department of Ecology

Equestrian buyers are not all created equal. The style of riding and types of horses they own will dictate the various elements of the property they will be looking for. Clearly having the facility turn-key as in covered arena ( existing and permitted) vs. uncovered arena ( potential to be covered) is huge!

Level and great drainage is important. Cleared property vs. un-cleared with potential to be cleared (zoning regulations may restrict clearing).Quality of Barn/Stable structures will dictate value. Ability to ride on the property has value. Access to trails may or may not be important. Fencing quality and pasture / turn-out quality is important. Quality and make-up of the footing in the arena is also of value.

 

Speaker Bios

 

T.K. Bentler, Lobbyist, Public Affairs Associates
T.K. Bentler has been a contract lobbyist since 1985 for a variety of public and private interest groups. He received a Bachelor of Sciences in Political Sciences from the University of Washington. He was a former employee for the U.S. Senate and State House of Representatives and has worked on statewide initiative campaigns and local races.

Bryan Boyce, General Certified Appraiser, Lamb Hanson Lamb, Inc.
Mr. Boyce has been appraising commercial and residential real estate since 2002. He has a love of technology and is always looking for ways to integrate it into his work. He is a drone enthusiast, and has started to use them for appraisal site inspections over the last 6 months. Their usage has made a positive impact on his practice. In one case he was able to identify a portion of a collapsed roof on a 50K SF industrial building that would have gone unnoticed otherwise.

John Brenan, Director of Appraisal Issues, The Appraisal Foundation
John has been the Director of Appraisal Issues for The Appraisal Foundation since October 2003. In this capacity, John serves as the Foundation’s senior staff contact regarding the work of the Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) and Appraiser Qualifications Board (AQB). Prior to his current position, John spent 8½ years as the Chief of Licensing and Enforcement for the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers (OREA). In that role, John administered the largest real estate appraiser licensing program in the United States, evaluating applicants for compliance with both federal and state requirements. John was also responsible for California’s enforcement program; educating and/or disciplining licensees who violated law, regulations or USPAP. John worked with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies regarding cases involving fraud. John has been in the appraisal profession since the early 1980s. Prior to joining OREA in February 1995, he worked as a staff appraiser and fee appraiser for several large financial institutions, appraising both residential and non-residential real estate covering a wide variety of property types. He also previously managed an appraisal department for a major financial institution. John is a Certified General appraiser, AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and a Fellow with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. John

Marcos (Marc) Campos, MAI, SRA. Co-Owner, Campos Appraisals
Marc started appraising in 1983 after graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He started with residential properties and added multifamily and commercial properties a few years later. His current appraisal practice includes complex residential, subdivisions, condo or townhouse projects, and small commercial & industrial properties. About half of his work is done for lending purposes. The other half includes litigation support, estate valuation, and marketing. He is CO-owner of Campos Appraisals Inc. He is a qualified expert witness in Snohomish, King and Island counties. Mr. Campos is an approved Appraisal Institute instructor, approved community college instructor, approved real estate instructor, AQB Certified USPAP Instructor, and a licensed designated real estate broker.

Peter Christiensen, General Counsel, LIA Liability Administration and Insurance Services
Peter Christensen is an attorney and serves as LIA’s general counsel. He previously practiced law with the law firms Latham & Watkins LLP and Irell & Manella LLP. He has a B.S. with an emphasis in accounting from U.C. Berkeley and also received his law degree from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law). He’s been a member of the California bar since 1993.

Barrie Folden, information to come.

Ruth Harle, information to come.

Patrick Lamb, President, CEO, Lamb Hanson Lamb, LLC
Patrick M. Lamb currently stands as President/CEO of Lamb Hanson Lamb Appraisal Associates, Inc. (LHL). This makes him the fourth consecutive generation of his family to operate a local appraisal firm, and the third consecutive generation of Appraisal Institute designated members. His father Michael B. Lamb, MAI/SRA and grandfather Berkley A. Lamb, SRA both served as past presidents of the local chapter. Mr. Lamb is a Washington State General Certified appraiser and has been providing valuation services since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in Business Administration. He is involved in performing a full spectrum of commercial and residential appraisal services to clients located throughout Western Washington and the Greater Pacific Northwest.

Michael Sanford, President, A Drone Solution LLC
Mr. Sanford has been flying professional UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) since 2015, as a hobbyist and for multiple commercial applications. He is currently exploring the use of thermal imagery cameras mounted on drones to identify potential water intrusion issues on property, along with two more platforms giving the company a complete comprehensive solution for a wide variety of industry needs.

Carrie Sessions,  Legislative and Policy Analyst, U.S. Department of Ecology
Carrie is the Legislative and Policy Analyst for the Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Program. In that role, she leads discussions about statewide policy issues and potential policy changes, analyzes proposed legislation, and works with the legislature on changes to water law. During the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions, she was highly involved in the development of the new law on streamflow restoration and rural domestic water use (ESSB 6091). Prior to joining Ecology, Carrie did policy and economic analysis on the state, federal, and international levels, including work for consulting firms and for the United Nations Environment Program. She also spent several years teaching applied leadership. Carrie is a graduate of Colorado College and holds a MPA and MS from the University of Washington in environmental policy and economics, with an emphasis in water resource management.