A few weeks ago, Valuation Review checked into Chicago’s Palmer House-Hilton Hotel, the site of the 2019 spring Valuation Expo show.

The conference’s opening reception kicked off the three-day event with appraisers and others comprising the valuation profession to mix and mingle socially to start many a conversation, as well as open up a few doors for the  betterment of appraisal businesses everywhere.

Valuation Expo

Jim Amorin, past President and current CEO of the Appraisal Institute

Many educational sessions and informative topics were presented to the attendees including updates from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expert panelists discussing the role of the appraiser and how they believe that role will change in the future.

Appraisers also heard experts on the subjects of bifurcated appraisals, automated valuation models and collateral valuation. Speakers offering their expertise included Cheryl Walker (HUD), Scott Reuter (Freddie Mac), Matt Carlson (CoreLogic), Lima Ekram (Moody’s Investors Service), Richard deVerdier (MB Financial

Bank), Paul Chandler (Property Sciences), James Heaslet (Veterans Affairs), Sehar Siddiqi (National Association of Realtors), Jim Amorin (Appraisal Institute), Brian Quinlan (Property Mortgage), Ernie Durbin (Clarocity), Tony Pistilli (Computershare), Leland Trice (Valucentric) and John Bredemeyer (Realcorp).

I truly enjoyed my stay in Chicago and plan to bring you many informative and educational stories from the windy city. We also had the opportunity to sit down with Allterra Chief Operating Officer Crispin Bennett, who shared with us his thoughts about this year’s event.

If you weren’t able to travel to Chicago for this year’s event, there’s no need for disappointment because we have you covered with conference stories soon to appear at www.valuationreview.com. Check them out and keep me informed about other topics of interest. We are here to help you and your business.