From one of my appraiser colleagues in NYC on a McKissock class, taught by Dan Bradley, husband of Michelle Bradley who is chair of the Appraisal Standards Board of The Appraisal Foundation (this is COMPLETELY UNETHICAL). TAF BOT (the leadership that brought us the bat-shit crazy letter) is meeting in sunny Palm Springs San Diego right at this moment (probably to determine meanings of words like “The” and “This” and “That” and perhaps considering a new take on “misleading” that is still on the books!!!, of course, I realize that’s for the ASB to decide but please allow me some comic license here) so appraisers can do a better job at their craft. Don’t get me wrong, most of the BOT and who volunteer, are good people and mean well and some are trying to change from within, but it is a Bunton/David’s monarchy, period, and because of the lack of allowed new thinking, the organization lost its way long ago.
But I digress.
Back to what my colleague recently said:
Taking repetitive classes that do not either refresh memories or teach something new provides zero value to appraisers or the public. C’mon, this is not that hard to fix.
Combine this outrageous waste of time with the indoctrinated mantra of taking USPAP every two years when the updates (most are clerical and useless that we now know are only done to sell books and classes) could be taught in 15 minutes rather than seven hours. This is EXACTLY why I have been so critical of TAF over the past several years. I’ve had it. They are just doing this for the money to maintain financial independence (a stated and bizarre goal) and have lost their way. In actuality, appraisers have been abandoned by TAF and so has any concern about the public trust.
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