Three years ago I was new to the Valuation industry. Being a ‘newbie,’ I knew no one and the regulations and topics were all like a foreign language to me. I had no idea when I first started that I would be assisting with one of the best events in the industry, Valuation Expo. I know I may be a little biased, but let me explain why this is the best conference.
Number one on my list of why Valuation Expo is the best is the networking. Like I mentioned I knew no one. Since then, I have met so many people at each Valuation Expo event who have helped me along the way. Between getting clarification on topics and regs, to just connecting with people and forming friendships, there is no other place this could happen. With a little bit of liquid courage, the opening night reception made it easy to chat and meet new people right off the bat. From there the tradeshow was the perfect way to expand on conversations and learn about different products and programs available to appraisers.
2. Continuing Education
These days you can get continuing education from a lot of different places. But Valuation Expo brings in some of the best instructors. Most are from large lending companies or directly from the GSEs. These are the top people in the industry talking about what is happening right now in the industry and moulding the future for all of us. Not only are they discussing the topics that are relevant, they are discussing new legislations pending in the industry. This is the chance to ask them directly how these new regulations will affect appraisers and get that first hand knowledge. Where else can you go and get answers directly about what new guidelines appraisers will be facing in the future? Not only that, you also get 14 hours of approved CE, which is the best, because most don’t have to worry about taking additional courses for the year.
Valuation Expo is hosted in cities were traveling is made easy. This year Valuation Expo will begin in Baltimore, MD. I say begin because if you haven’t heard, there are two events this year, so the discussions can continue back to Las Vegas, NV in November. This is to help cut down on travel cost for those who live on the East Coast vs. West Coast. If you have never been to Baltimore it really is a cool city to check out, riddled with historic charm. This year the Baltimore event is in the middle of summer, July 11-13th, which is the perfect time to enjoy all the outside dinning, and area attractions that are in walking distance. After the CE classes are done for the day, its nice to get outside and enjoy some downtime. Right across the host hotel is the Pier Six Pavilion, you may be interested in coming in early or extending your weekend to check out one the concerts scheduled. I’m partial to Baltimore because it’s my home turf, I will say though; after heading out to Vegas a few times it’s a nice little get away. The Las Vegas event is November 10-12th, right before the holidays. (I cannot tell a lie, I’m looking forward to a little me time before the maddening family events that come with holiday season!)
I know I mentioned the tradeshow and networking earlier, but it really was a game changer for me. The tradeshow was where I made the most connections that really helped me in the industry. I met technology software folks, members from banks, insurance companies, and AMCs all offering great information. There were giveaways, promotional items, discounts and so much more. The space is filled with vendors and exhibitors, everything you could use or need to help you in this industry is right here all in one location. And like someone mention before, you make these connections with a handshake and face-to-face interaction, no cold calling or blind emailing.
Attending Valuation Expo helped me immensely in the industry, maybe some of these keypoints entice you to check it out. If you have been before then you know exactly what I am talking about. But if you are still on the fence about it, I encourage you to check out this video on what others have said from past Valuation Expos events. Registering early gets you the best discount and room block rate so don’t delay and right now there is a 20% discount on any pass, just use the code BUZZ. As always, if you have any questions about Valuation Expo email email@example.com.