You Are Not Alone – AGA
How many appraisers do you know that are enthusiastic about the future of our profession?
How many appraisers believe that they are alone in the fight to save their profession?
How many appraisers do you know that feel trapped in a “no win” situation with increasing liability and time commitment without being properly compensated or appreciated?
My name is Jan Bellas. I am the National Membership Coordinator for the American Guild of Appraisers (AGA). Please give me a few minutes to tell you how the AGA can help you and other professional real estate appraisers.
- AGA is a national organization focused on addressing the critical issues seriously affecting your business both on a national and state level such as “BLACK LISTING”, Appraiser Independence and Reasonable & Customary Fees.
- AGA’s sole purpose is to provide a UNIFIED VOICE FOR ALL PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS across the county and is NOT in competition with any other national association or local coalition. In fact, AGA works hand-in-hand with the professional national and local groups and individuals across the United States and welcomes collaboration with other allied groups in an effort to support the professional appraiser. Through this interconnected professional “Brotherhood” and “Sisterhood” of appraisers we will be able to create a UNIFIED VOICE that will be able to begin to allow our profession to truly be independent and autonomous.
- AGA is affiliated with the OPEIU that represents 104,000 other high end professionals such as doctors, nurses & pilots and has the full support of the AFL-CIO representing over 12.5 million consumer members. This relationship gives AGA unprecedented access to national and local legislative initiatives along with the entire gambit of federal agencies that will allow a proactive response to issues that arise. Additionally, AGA members have benefits that include savings on individual health insurance, discounts and other support services that would only be available in such large organization.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
GET MAD AND GET INVOLVED
IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO THE NUMBERS
Congress, State Legislatures and the Feds only care about the numbers of consumers and voters. If we do not have a sufficient critical mass, we will not get effective audiences with these rule makers in order to effect the necessary changes BEFORE they go live. AGA is fighting to keep the profession alive, to stop the abuse of the appraisers and the loss of their independence. I get calls every week from appraisers who are despondent feeling that they have little or no recourse in a fight against banks and AMC’s. If you are one of the lucky appraisers not affected by “Black-Listing”, think about your brother and sisters in the appraisal profession. Don’t sit back and watch appraisers being shut out of their profession as a result of blatant pressure by lenders who want to control the lending process. We are determined to stop the takeover of our profession.
BECOME AN AGA MEMBER TODAY!
Go to our website www.americanguildofappraisers.com, select JOIN and follow the directions. The 2015 annual calendar membership dues are $375.00. However, your Representative has negotiated price for you to just $225.00 if you join during our membership drive. Once membership has been established, you will receive your AGA Certificate and Membership Card to access your benefits.
We have some very dynamic plans for AGA in 2015 that include launching of the National Appraiser’s Complaint Hotline, E&O and USPAP seminars that are FREE to active AGA members. National legislative meetings with high level officials, the CFPB and other regulators and legislators are beginning to discuss patterns of abuse and solutions to protect appraisers.
As the National Membership Coordinator, I take my role very seriously. I have a personal goal to talk with as many professional appraisers across the country as I can because I want to hear your story because… AGA is YOUR VOICE. We want to build AGA to serve the working appraiser and not just to collect fees. Tell us what you want.
So who is the American Guild of Appraisers here for? YOU!
National Membership Coordinator
800-660-1835 (toll free)
ABOUT THE AMERICAN GUILD OF APPRAISERS/OPEIU GUILD 44 – The American Guild of Appraisers/OPEIU Guild 44 seeks to represent the interests of appraisers, developing a strong presence before the U.S. Congress and each of the state legislatures. By working closely and exchanging dialog with other like-minded organizations, the AGA works to educate consumers about the appraisers’ non bias, independent role in the value process, while ensuring the accountability of both the appraisal profession and the financial institutions with which the appraiser provides services.
ABOUT OPEIU – The Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO represents more than 104,000 members in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. OPEIU represents employees and independent contractors in banking and credit unions, insurance, higher education, shipping, hospitals, medical clinics, utilities, transportation, hotels, administrative offices and more.
Professional organizations and Guilds affiliated with OPEIU are a diverse group that includes nurses, pharmacists, chiropractors, appraisers, podiatrists, clinical social workers, minor league baseball umpires, teachers and helicopter pilots.