Archive for September, 2013

ASA & NAIFA Submit Letter to Richard Cordray RE: CFBP Implementation of Dodd Frank De Minimis Issue

TweetBy: John D. Russell, JD, Director of Government Relations at American Society of Appraisers On September 9, ASA and NAIFA sent a letter to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and its Director, Richard Cordray. In the letter, ASA and NAIFA urge the CFPB to use authority it was granted under the Dodd-Frank Act to review […]

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Engagement Ring Shopping: The One Missed Step That Could Cost You

TweetAs summer begins to wind down, there’s another season starting to build momentum: Engagement Season. Engagement Season is known to coincide with the winter holiday season, according to Weddingwire.com who estimates that 33 percent of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. As such, it’s safe to say that Engagement Ring Buying season is […]

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Chapter Focus: Texas Chapters

TweetChapters come in all sizes and activity levels. In large states like Texas, you can see this wide gamut of both size and activity illustrated as well. Texas is home to five ASA chapters, which are (in size order): Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, and Corpus Christi. The chapters are spread out geographically […]

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ASA’s Real Property Discipline Participates at Recent IAAO Conference

TweetRepresentatives for ASA’s Real Property Discipline recently participated in the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) annual conference on August 25-28 in Grand Rapids, MI ASA-RP members, Paul K. Bidwell, ASA, Lawrence J. Golicz, ASA, Ronald E. Prat, ASA and Kristen Sieloff, ASA helped man ASA’s booth and promote ASA-RP and the new Ad Valorem/Mass […]

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Forensic Gemology — Fighting Fraud with a Microscope

TweetWe recently sat down with Montoursville, PA based gems and jewelry expert Gary L. Smith, who recently became the registered trademark holder of “Forensic Gemologist®”, to learn more about this new and exciting specialty. Q: What is a “Forensic Gemologist®”? A: An individual who is able to discern, using established forensic techniques, whether gemstones have […]

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ASA’s New Leaders Convene at HQ for Training

TweetIn August, the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) elected leaders attended a newly established program held at ASA’s headquarters in Reston, VA. The leadership event, created and facilitated by EVP/CEO Jim Hirt, gathered 12 volunteers from across the U.S. The training provided a first class professional program giving the necessary tools to lead ASA in […]

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