APB Focus Group Interested in Your Input
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What is the goal of the Focus Group?
Please read the memo below from a member of the Appraisal Practices Board. The Board is meeting FEBRUARY 23, 2017 in Torrance, California. They are sincerely interested in appraisers written input. It doesn’t have to be a formal letter. Jot down some thoughts and views in your email and either send it to the APB, Mrs. Desmarais, Vice Chair of APB (lap…@comcast.net), or if you prefer send to me (m…@mfford.com) with subject line “Forward to TAF/APB” or something similar. Please try to get comments in by 02/22/2017.
The original agenda has been modified so that it is now an open format meeting.
Any and all issues that are a concern of appraisers may be brought to their attention. I encourage all to send their input. APB is absolutely interested in your opinion and is making every effort to reach out to us.
Try to be helpful in the process. (1) Identify the problem as you see it and; (2) IF you have a suggested solution please provide it.
The below memo may provide some helpful information about what they are looking for.
Please forward this to other appraisers in your area that may have expressed specific views or opinions.
Thank you all.
AGA, OPEIU- AFL/CIO
MEMO: The Appraisal Practices Board’s (APB) 2017 Focus Group
Who is in the Focus Group?
The focus group consists of a small group of different appraisers who are located throughout the United States. You are one of the recognized volunteer members. And for that, we thank you.
What was the original intent of the Focus Group?
The original intent of this group was for you to independently review our published Valuation Advisories (there are 9 such publications plus one “toolkit”, for a total of ten documents) and then to provide your very general thoughts, suggestions, reactions and opinions to the APB.
On January 26th, 2017, the Appraisal Foundation suspended the current work of The Appraisal Practices Board while they reevaluate the mission of the group and the needs of appraisers.
What is the goal of the Focus Group now?
The goal is now much more broad. We are still seeking your input and feedback, but rather than having you review our current publications, we would like you to either directly address any (or all) of the following list of questions:
- What are the current needs of needs of appraiser professionals related to guidance on recognized valuation methods and techniques?
- Are they able to meet those needs?
- What type of guidance should be available to appraisers?
- What format should it be in?
- What should The Appraisal Foundation know about how difficult it is (or is not) for appraisers to obtain guidance on recognized valuation methods and techniques when they need it?
If none of these exact questions are important to you, feel free to provide us whatever feedback you see fit for us to have. The overall goal is simply for The Appraisal Foundation to determine if guidance on recognized methods and techniques is even needed, and if it is, how to structure that guidance going forward. If you would still like a copy of the nine publications, let me know and I can forward those directly to you.
How long will the Focus Group last?
The Focus Group officially begins today: January 31rd, 2017. The last day to submit your comments will be February 22, 2017.
Why these dates?
The APB has an in-person meeting on February 23, 2017 in Torrance, California. Therefore, the timing is ideal for us. Having your comments by February 22, 2017, ensures we have the most current feedback. We will be using your comments to refer to as we discuss likely changes to both our procedures and our publications.
What format should I use to provide my comments?
Any format will do, just sent your comments via email. The emails are being collected by Lisa Desmarais at lap…@comcast.net.
Are your comments that important?
Yes. Your comments are extremely important to us. They will be very carefully considered and discussed by every member of the Board.
How will your comments be used?
To ensure complete candor, the comments you provide will be given to the APB without your name attached. Your comments are considered confidential and they will not be shared with the public (or with any other Focus Group member). Thus, any feedback you provide will be used by the APB only, as we make internal decisions. Your name will only become known to the APB once our task is complete (though, even at that point, the APB members will never know who provided which comments).
Will you need to interact with anyone else in the group?
You will not need to contact any other member in the group. Each member will work on their own, at their own pace. Your main contact will be with Lisa Desmarais, Vice-Chair of the APB. She can be contacted anytime at lap…@comcast.net or 303-642-7040. If you have any questions at all, she will be more than happy to help.
The APB is very grateful to you for volunteering your time for this very important project. Nothing matters more to us then hearing from you: the very people we are seeking to serve. We assure you any comments you provide will be very seriously contemplated. And for those comments, we will be most appreciative. Now, enjoy your task! We are all ears.