Saturday , 16 January 2021

What will happen after the Presidential Election?

Valuation Expo takes place right after the Presidential Election. Be a part of the most important appraisal expo conference for valuation professionals to hear what direction the industry will go. Beginning on November 10th, attendees will have access to the ACI Sky Lab, a day long workshop dedicated to learning more about ACI products. The trade show opening reception begins at 4pm on Thursday allowing attendees to mingle and network at ease with over 30 vendors and exhibitors. The general session which includes 14-hours of continuing education begins on November 11th lasting into November 12th. So what are the CE topics?

Rob Chrisman will be giving the keynote address on day one, November 11th, with a discussion about the industry from the lender’s perspective. He will address what CEOs are thinking about, and how best to serve the consumer. Rob produces a widely read Daily Mortgage News & Commentary and has experience in capital markets, working with investors. An industry update panel will follow the keynote address.  This panel of experts from FHA, VA, and USDA will provide a look at what is happening with policy makers. After lunch, the second half of day one will be dedicated to Big Data. In this session appraisers can learn how to leverage access to data and analytics tools. Appraisers can expect answers to what clients will expect going forward, and how the role of the appraiser might change in the future.

A Fannie Mae update panel session will take place on day two of the conference (Nov. 12th). This session will be led by Zach Dawson, Fannie Mae’s Director of Collateral Strategy & Policy. Zach and his team will provide an overview around Appraiser Quality Monitoring and how to access Fannie Mae resources including updates, release notes, lender letters, and more. The Fannie Mae team will discuss Collateral Underwriter (CU) and provide some insight on how CU analyzes adjustments by performing regression analysis using millions of property transactions to produce statistically-derived and market-specific adjustments for time, physical attributes, and location.

After the lunch break on day two, the second half of the day will be dedicated to an appraisal best practices panel. The “successful outcome” with an appraisal is to produce a credible appraisal report. Post mortgage crisis, a lot of focus was placed upon the appraisal and the appraisal process. In this session, panel speakers will discuss what clients expect to see in a report and how to achieve those optimal results.

It’s not all work and no play. We will be in Vegas after all, the entertainment capital of the world. Be sure to enjoy some area attractions like the Carroll Shelby Museum which offers free guided tours, or the Las Vegas Motor Speedway where you can drive a super car on the track. Looking for a good dinner? Check out Giada’s at the Cromwell, Gordon Ramsay Steak, or the Golden Steer Steakhouse, just to name a few.

You still have time to register for Valuation Expo. We said this before, and we will say it again, appraisers cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and not be a part of the most important appraisal conference for valuation professionals. For more information visit or email

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