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IL CE Renewal

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The Appraisal of Real Estate 15th Edition

The new edition is structured to follow the valuation process, moving from the identification of the problem through to the report of defined value. Significant changes in this edition include a step-by-step process for analyzing highest and best use, an up-to-date discussion of review theory and practice, and an intense focus on the property rights being appraised in a wide variety of valuation scenarios.

Midwest Easement Seminar

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Appraisal Institute National Update Bulletin

AI News

Complete Smart and Necessary Home Renovation Projects: Appraisal Institute
Tue, 11 May 2021 08:00:00 GMT

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today encouraged homeowners to focus on cost-efficient improvement projects when seeking to potentially improve their property’s value during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Appraisal Institute Continues to Fight Unconscious Bias: Valuation Magazine
Tue, 27 Apr 2021 08:00:00 GMT

Bias, both unconscious and structural, present a wide-ranging, multifaceted challenge to the real estate industry and have deep historical roots, according to an article in Valuation magazine’s first quarter 2021 issue.

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Industry News

Proposed Real Estate Tax Could Hit Smaller Investors: Report
Wed, 12 May 2021 12:30:00 GMT

President Biden is seeking higher taxes on real estate transactions with gains of more than $500,000 — so-called 1031 exchanges where investors defer paying taxes on real estate by rolling profits into their next property — but experts worry about the effect on smaller investors, in particular, CNBC [...]

Judge Tosses CDC Eviction Moratorium, Puts Ruling on Hold
Wed, 12 May 2021 12:30:00 GMT

A federal judge on May 5 threw out the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s national moratorium on residential evictions, but agreed to hold the ruling while the government works to reverse the decision on appeal, Reuters reported. The judge said that a moratorium on evictions was not part of [...]

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Second Quarter Board of Directors Meeting
Thu, 06 May 2021 00:00:00 GMT

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Instructor Spotlight

Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CCIM, CRE, FRICS

Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CCIM, CRE, FRICS is the Fogelson Distinguished Chair at Roosevelt University's Chicago School of Real Estate and founder and president of Karvel-Hamilton Real Estate Analytics. For over 20 years Dr. Hamilton has taught graduate and undergraduate real estate valuation courses, and for 30 years he has conducted valuation and appraisal services for the telecommunication and public utility industries and for numerous local and state agencies in the valuation of real property. Dr. Hamilton holds a BS, MS and a PhD (Real Estate) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS (Finance) from the University of Wyoming...

Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA

Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA is Vice President at Jacobson and Associates, Real Estate Appraisals and Consulting, in Sycamore, Illinois. During his 25+ years in the valuation and consulting of real estate, Jeff has extensive experience as an appraiser, consultant, expert witness, and investor. Jacobson is an approved instructor for the Appraisal Institute and the State of Illinois and actively teaches qualifying education courses including the Supervisory Appraiser/ Trainee Appraiser Course, Income Capitalization, among others. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University in Business Management and Administration with a minor...

Joe Mags, Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

Joe Mags, Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS has been an active instructor for AI for the past three decades. He was the 2011 National President and has served on the Education Committee in many capacities including Chair. Joseph is qualified to facilitate numerous courses and seminars.

Joe Wallace, MAI

Joe Wallace, MAI, is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner, at Praedium Valuation Group (PVG), which is headquartered in Chicago, IL. Mr. Wallace began PVG in 2001 and today the firm has a diverse service offering, which includes commercial valuations, residential valuations, litigation support and consulting services. PVG's clients include attorneys, developers, title companies, mortgage lenders and public agencies, as well as corporate and institutional owners and investors.

John Urubek, MAI, CCIM

John Urubek, MAI, CCIM has been an appraiser for 40+ years and heavily involved in the Appraisal Institute's educational system for more than three decades. He is now approved to teach all general level and all advanced level courses needed to become an MAI. On a national level, he has served on the Curriculum, Body of Knowledge, and Education committees. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He is a recipient of the national President's Award and the President's Award for the Chicago Chapter. He was extremely honored when inducted into the Instructor's Hall of Fame for the Chicago Chapter...

Kerry M. Jorgensen, MAI

Kerry M. Jorgensen, MAI is an active real estate appraiser and owns a small firm in Utah. He has been an instructor for the Appraisal Institute for more than 30 years and has served that organization as a chapter president and on the national board of directors, as well as on numerous committees and project teams. He has authored courses and seminars and is a contributor to the current editions of The Appraisal of Real Estate and The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal. Among his awards and honors are the 2014 Armstrong-Kahn Award - For Outstanding Original Article in the Appraisal Journal, the 2015 Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr...

Randall Neff, MAI, SRA

Randall Neff is a partner in Neff Valuation Group in Peoria, Illinois. Neff Valuation Group is a diverse practice that completes valuations of residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial properties for a variety of client types. Randall has been an appraiser since 1982, primarily involved in the valuation of commercial and industrial properties. He has been an instructor for approximately 20 years.

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Leadership Development and Advisory Council (LDAC)

The Leadership Development & Advisory Council (LDAC) is a group of dedicated appraisers who come together once a year in Washington, D.C., to formulate solutions to problems and challenges faced by the appraisal profession.

Chapter Leadership Program

Don’t miss this valuable, information-packed event. A must attend event for: Incoming chapter presidents (attendance required), Chapter Executive Directors, other Chapter Officers, Executive Council Members and Committee Chairs.

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Find An Appraiser

Search the Appraisal Institute's comprehensive appraiser database that lists professionals from all over the world. It has become an indespensible resource to those seeking valuation services, as well as a source of business for appraisers themselves.

This Directory lists real estate appraisers who are Designated Members, Candidates for Designation, or Practicing Affiliates of the Appraisal Institute.

Designated members who hold the MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations have met rigorous requirements relating to education, experience and demonstration of knowledge, understanding and ability.

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What Our Members Say

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute offers the best real estate appraisal education in the industry. The Chapter offers many gatherings, ranging from meetings, seminars, classes and social events which allowed me to meet and mingle with like minded professionals and expand my network"

-David Binz, SRA

"Being a designated member has opened many doors. I get inquiries from all around the country looking for work from MAI's. I have also made many friends and have enjoyed the classes and seminars. I think anyone involved in the real estate industry would benefit working with AI. The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is a comfortable facility with a friendly and knowledgeable staff."

-Bruce Darata, MAI

"CCAI has a proud history as being "the" innovative leader and influence in the Appraisal Institute. An aspiring appraiser cannot find a better environment or mentor network that encourage success. It offers outstanding opportunities in appraisal education and leadership. Many members have developed national fame for their specialties, published books and journal articles, seminars, and contributions to the profession. CCAI is truly a treasure. Nearing the end of my career, I personally realize the importance of CCAI in where I've been, what I've done, what I've learned."

-Richard C. Sorenson, MAI

"Whether just starting your career or already established, membership in The Appraisal Institute provides a wide variety of quality education options, consistently high ethical standards, and a variety opportunities to network with other appraisers, and related real estate and financial market participants."

-Karen T. Emerle, SRA

"Benefits of membership include up-to-date continuing education, opportunities to serve the appraisal professionals in the industry in various capacities, social interaction and access to a vast network of appraisal professionals. An MAI since 1984, and a member of the Chicago Chapter since1981, I strongly believe the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute could be an advantageous association for anybody who desires to be in the appraisal industry."

-Michael A. Wolin, MAI SRA

"The Appraisal Institute is the premier professional organization in the appraisal industry and the MAI designation is the most prestigious in the industry and widely recognized world-wide. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute is an important appraisal industry organization that advocates for its members through educational services, legislative activities and social activities."

-John C. Satter, MAI

"Being a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has provided me with many wonderful networking opportunities with other appraisers from all over the country. Classes are offered at convenient locations both downtown and in the suburbs. The Chicago Chapter has provided me with an outstanding education through their vast offerings of qualifying education on my path to designation as well as continued education course offerings to help maintain my state licenses. I have made many great friends and colleagues at the Chicago Chapter, and am honored to be a part of this professional organization."

-Alexandra M. Meade, MAI, AI-GRS

"I joined the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute because of the excellent educational resources afforded members and the ability to speak with seasoned veterans of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. It is truly difficult to find fellow appraisers that truly understand the business and have such a depth of insightful knowledge. The Chicago Chapter is the proverbial North Star of chapters, in my opinion, as the depth of appraisal knowledge in the Chicago chapter runs from rural to urban properties and from nationwide to worldwide properties. Every commercial and residential appraiser would benefit from joining the Chicago Chapter just to be well informed and to have the ability to call a knowledgeable fellow appraiser for those complex assignments or insight into running a fee shop."

-Mark T. Gasick, SRA, AI-RRS

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has been a great source of education to advance my career in the real estate appraisal industry. It also offers many opportunities for networking with my peers, as well as serving the organization."

-Cameron Rex, MAI

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has established itself as one of the leading providers of appraiser education and training in the country, and actually the world. With the expansion and establishment of the four different designations, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, and AI-RRS, education and training is more important than ever in the advancements of our careers as appraisers. Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and give some of your time and energy to make it great. It really is going to give back to you as much as you give to the organization and more. Whether it be sponsorships, or donations of time, it will make a difference in your life and career as an appraiser."

-Mark S. Whitsitt, SRA

"Prior to joining the Chicago Chapter, the leadership was very helpful to me, when I approached them with questions. So, I joined the chapter. Since joining, leadership opportunities have been made available to me that were not available at other chapters. I have also participated as a member. The members have been very supportive of me and helpful in my journey. I have enjoyed my time with the chapter members and hope to continue to do so."

-L. Stacy Letton, MAI, SRA

"As the owner of a small appraisal firm, I often struggle to find new opportunities to meet leaders and experienced appraisers in our industry. Becoming a member of the appraisal institute and getting involved in the chapter, has given me access to a vast network of these professionals, and has been the single greatest decision I have made as a leader, appraiser and a business owner."

-Sam Louise, Standard Valuation Services

"The Chicago chapter of the appraisal institute is a wonderful resource for continuing education and appraisal networking. I look forward to the annual conditions of the market seminar every year."

-Susan Z. Ulman, MAI

"Joining the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute was a defining moment in my career and over time has converted my business into a professional firm. The appraisal industry is changing and building strong relationships with other professionals is essential to staying ahead. Nowhere else can you find better real estate valuation experts."

-Kenneth J. Mrozek, Jr., MAI, SRA

"The Chicago Chapter’s website is my go-to resource in finding appraisers for my firm. In addition to being able to post available positions, I also can take a look at appraisers who are seeking work. This is a great resource available to Appraisal Institute members and affiliates."

-Kent D. Steele, MAI

"Becoming a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute provided me an opportunity to network, as well as, employment opportunities. The majority of my employment opportunities were due to membership and access to the CCAI website. The benefits are surmountable when it comes to membership discounts on courses, educational offerings, employment postings, scholarship opportunities, etc. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute is a professional powerhouse for real estate appraisers and other professional organizations of real estate services."

-Barbara Neal

"I have found the instructors at the Chicago Chapter and the fellow members are extremely willing to help others in this profession to succeed. Their help extends beyond the classroom into ones daily business practice. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute has provided me with the tools to help me be better prepared for the challenges facing our profession. CCAI has been and continues to be made up of people who recognize a need and are willing to work to fill that need to improve the organization or a fellow member, often at great sacrifice to their own to their own needs."

-John G McMahon, SRA, AI-RRS

"The local chapter has the most comprehensive and frequent CE and QE offerings available to appraisers. The Staff at CCAI always WOW's the membership in customer service."

-Keith Wolf, SRA, AI-RRS

"The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute provides one of the largest networks of appraisers in the US. To be a part of the Chicago Chapter has not only benefitted person growth but professional growth as well. I believe any company would benefit with working with the CCAI. With an extensive membership and networking opportunities there is no limit to the cross impacts between business. The CCAI values its members and looks out for their best interests. To be as successful as it has been year over year is a testament to the strength its community."

-Kenneth Konrath, MAI

"I feel honored to be affiliated with what I considered to be some of the best appraisers in the country. The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute keeps me up to date with issues and I stay informed of the changes in the profession, some I even had to privilege of participating in their development. The Chicago Chapter gave me a good foundation for my career and has sustained me as I near retirement. But, one of the most important benefits are the relationships I developed with other members of the Chapter that have created lasting friendships."

-Sharon Bagby, SRA

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute provides high quality professional education, industry support, interesting social events and chances to become involved and meet with other appraisers. If you are looking to expand your appraisal knowledge and network with other appraisers, the chapter is by far the best option."

-Keith Solomon, MAI

Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. To learn more about the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s Scholarships visit this site. To make a donation or if you have any questions please contact Sarah Walsh at

Appraisal Institute Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Appraisal Institute Education Trust (AIET). To learn more about the AIET, visit the Appraisal Institute Education Trust. Or visit the Charitable Entities section to make a donation. Please email if you have any questions.

Newly Designated Members

MAI Members

MAI Members

Smedmore Montgomery Bernard, Jr., MAI

Abby C. Cain, MAI

Charles J. Crawmer, MAI

Marie-Danielle Faucher, MAI

Dana W. Floberg, MAI

Jacqueline L. Hujar, MAI, AI-GRS

Pedro Davi Jimenez, MAI

Salvatore A. Louise, MAI

Michael S. Lysien, MAI

Vytautas Norusis, MAI

Nina Audre Owen, MAI

Christy Simon Whitt, MAI

Jourdan E. Sullivan, MAI





SRA Members

SRA Members


AI-GRS Members

AI-GRS Members

Ibiyinka A. Aboyade-Cole, MAI, AI-GRS

Joseph E. Batis, MAI, AI-GRS

Robert D. Becker, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

Joseph J. Calvanico, MAI, AI-GRS

Karen L Dabek, MAI, AI-GRS

Jacqueline L. Hujar, MAI, AI-GRS

Holly E. McQuestion, AI-GRS

John R. Yast, MAI, AI-GRS



AI-RRS Members

AI-RRS Members

Warren C. Grover, SRA, AI-RRS

Jacqueline L. Hujar, MAI, AI-GRS, AI-RRS



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Posted Jobs

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

Mon, 10 May 2021 16:26:22 GMT

We are currently looking to add a part time, transitioning into a full-time, certified general or residential appraiser to our firm focusing on ad valorem appraisals. The majority of our work is within Cook County (lending and ad valorem) and all of our work is within the greater Chicagoland area. Ideal candidates will have experience in preparing ad valorem appraisals and have either a Certified General or Residential license. Willing to train an associate real estate trainee with a minimum of one year experience.

George Stamas

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser or Analyst

Sat, 10 Apr 2021 18:13:16 GMT

Do something you love, and never work a day in your life. Training offered; Education compensation; Health, Dental, Life and Investment Benefits Earning potential is above $100K. Plus, a fun-Loving group of people making the best out of an intense industry. Good attitudes do best in this environment. Trainee or Certified General Welcome Boutique, Chicago-based, appraisal firm. Ideal Candidate: Analytical, detail oriented, excellent writing skills (journalism background a plus), finance or math science, computer savvy, capable of long sessions in excel or word to analyze data; entrepreneurial mindset, career-oriented. *Candidate must hold or be in the process of obtaining an appraiser trainee license. *Candidate must be on the path to becoming a certified general appraiser Candidates for consideration must have strong grasp of narrative writing and math skills; strong proficiency in word and excel as well as strong keyboard and computer efficiency. A writing sample and cover letter are required for consideration. Candidates are required to research the appraisal field prior to application and be, proactively, on the pathway to obtaining an appraisal license. The Real Estate Appraisal Industry rewards individuals that are dedicated, hardworking, self-motivated and have an entrepreneurial spirit. Appraisal training hours are long and entry level trainees are expected to work beyond normal business hours to complete assignments and meet deadlines (including nights and weekends). Casual office environment. Client encounters are business casual. Ethics and code of conduct are of high importance. Tasks include: Learning and executing the appraisal process, data entry, market analysis, write ups of analysis, taking photographs, fact checking, editing and interviewing brokers. Application Requirements: • **Must include cover letter with resume** • Illinois Trainee courses, license, or scheduled classes • Bachelor's degree. • 2 years administrative or narrative experience required • Strong foundation in English narrative • Access to reliable transportation or vehicle for walk through appointments • Capability of commuting to South Loop Chicago Office 5 days / per week. • Solid math and analytical skills. • Good communication skills. • Strong history of Real Property Finance or Real Estate education • Strong computer skills, excel, word and internet browsers; Macintosh based • Typing speed beyond 35 wpm is required. *Please do not apply if typing speed is not at 35 wpm or greater • **Must include cover letter to show writing skills** Entries without a full cover letter will not be considered. Entry Level starts $35,000 to $40,000 base; $60,000 to $80,000 with bonus. Compensation is directly commensurate with experience, history and aptitude. Education and benefits are available and negotiable. Annual earning growth potential is beyond $100,000+ The Appraisal Career is writing intense. Only strong writers should apply. Only those with strong computer skills and Apple/Mac experience should apply.

Jada Dwawn

Commercial Tax Analyst

Mon, 29 Mar 2021 17:45:36 GMT

Want to make a real impact on people's lives and businesses? Elliott & Associates is looking for a Senior Tax Analyst to help us lower property taxes for Illinois taxpayers. We provide a flexible, goal oriented, team environment. While we are a law firm, we greatly respect the skills of the valuation professionals on our team. This role is a great balance between using your valuation expertise and and providing service to our team and our clients. Roughly half of your day will be independent - preparing legal briefs. The balance of your time will be spent administrating our portfolio of client properties deciding whether and when to appeal, answering client questions, and providing top notch valuation research and advice to our team. You will also be involved in the new client intake process seeking to convert qualified leads into long-term clients. Our core values of excellence, accountability, respect & integrity, team development and innovation drive every decision we make – along with profitability. You will excel if you are goal oriented, empathetic. and strive for excellence. Who We’re Looking For: This job requires the ability to quickly understand and preliminarily value commercial real estate. Drive, determination and a self-disciplined approach to achieving results that meet these established criteria are necessary for successful job performance. The job environment is structured and job expectations are clear. While the pace of the work is faster than average, quality is never compromised. The focus of communication and organizational relationships is based on technical expertise. The work requires specialized technical problem solving and ingenuity while working within approved organizational systems and technology, and the demonstration of the values of integrity, quality, caution and calm. New ideas and concepts are also important but will be carefully analyzed and tested before communication and adoption. Goals are a key. Success will include managing up and down in the law firm. You will have the necessary authority to enforce policies, procedures, and deadlines. You will need to patiently coach and train members of our administrative team. This is key to effective delegation and sustainable team success. You will assist in educating the administrative team technically so that the firm maintains consistent quality standards throughout. The position encompasses a defined span of control and opportunity for someone who engenders trust, a sense of urgency and consistent achievement of quality standards. Role Responsibilities: Collar county leader: You will lead of the commercial and multifamily collar county docket. Responsibilities include: meeting pre-defined annual production and settlement goals; providing recommendations and progress reports to leadership and consulting the managing attorney as needed. You will be accountable for making initial appeal recommendations (within defined guidelines), managing appeal resolution and overseeing result processing. You will ensure that the process from obtaining client documents through the appeal is timely. And, that clients are well informed throughout. You will be responsible for settling appeals with local assessing officials prior to hearing. The ones that you cannot settle, you will escalate to an attorney for presentation at hearing. Building rapport with clients and assessing officials is key. Brief production: Workload varies annually based on reassessment cycles. You could be asked to produce 400 briefs in a high volume year - both in Cook and the Collar counties. A low volume year could be closer to 200. Advanced planning and prioritization of high stakes appeals is key. We provide you with the technology and tools so that you can focus on sizing up and strengthening your case. Last minute requests: There will be times when you will be responsible for obtaining client documents at the last minute. You will also be responsible for reviewing appeal notes on and preparing re-review evidence. Re-review deadlines can be under 24 hours. Retention: Our team sets and monitors an annual retention goal for existing clients. You will be responsible for providing timely client support upon request. Conversion: You will be one of a few gatekeepers for new clients. Your goal is to convert quality leads into happy, long term clients. Treat each file as if it were your own, while also setting clear expectations with the client. Keep leadership apprised of your progress. Valuation research: You will provide research and seasoned valuation recommendations internally, on request. This is a shared responsibility with our other Senior Analyst. Proficiency in CoStar and MLS will aid in your success. Desired Skills and Experience: Goal oriented. Setting and achieving goals should excite you. A proven ability and desire to hone your technical skills in Cook and the Collar counties. A proven ability to use communicate your technical expertise to clients in simple terms. You must enjoy working up an appeal while also engaging with clients and talking with them about their business and how Elliott & Associates will solve their real estate tax needs. A dependable and reliable team player. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with coworkers and clients. 3-10 years of property tax experience. Required: Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and comfort in learning new technology platforms. Experience in Microsoft Teams is a plus! Benefits: We offer a competitive salary, 401k, health insurance, and vacation benefits program. Compensation is commensurate with experience.

Danielle Elliott

Commercial Real Estate Review Appraiser

Thu, 11 Mar 2021 0:05:29 GMT

Job Description JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small business, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at Our Firmwide Risk Function: Our Firmwide Risk function is focused on cultivating a stronger, unified culture that embraces a sense of personal accountability for developing the highest corporate standards in governance and controls across the firm. Business priorities are built around the need to strengthen and guard the firm from the many risks we face, financial rigor, risk discipline, fostering a transparent culture and doing the right thing in every situation. We are equally focused on nurturing talent, respecting the diverse experiences that our team of Risk professionals bring and embracing an inclusive environment. Commercial Real Estate Group (CRE): Work with the best commercial real estate team in the industry! As the largest financial institution and multifamily lender in the country, JPMorgan Chase is looking for well-seasoned real estate review appraisers who want to bring their significant expertise and knowledge to a team that specializes in multifamily and commercial appraisal assignments, with a strong emphasis on multifamily product ranging from 5 to 500 units. We are dedicated to helping real estate appraisal professionals grow with our team. We will provide all of the equipment, training, data sources, and software for real estate review appraisers who have an eagerness and passion for ensuring that appraisal reports meet our strong quality assurance standards. This position will provide experienced real estate reviewers with an opportunity for professional growth within a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly-collaborative team. A successful candidate’s essential job duties include: · Performing reviews of appraisal reports for multifamily residential (5+ units) and/or commercial properties to determine the credibility of market values developed for financially-related transactions in accordance with internal appraisal policies/procedures, industry standards, and regulatory requirements (USPAP & FIRREA). · Using risk-based decisions, work with stakeholders to ensure that appraisal reviews are complete, accurate, adequate, relevant, and reasonable based on sound real estate appraisal methodology. · Learning and performing the administrative tasks that drive the CRE Appraisal Review process. · Continual development of local market knowledge and national real estate trends. Qualifications: · A 4-year college degree is preferred. · State Certified General Appraiser License (Commercial Positions). · 5 to 10 years’ experience appraising and/or reviewing complex multifamily residential, mixed-use, and/or commercial properties. · Significant experience appraising or reviewing for financial institutions is preferred. · Strong analytical, business writing, and oral communication skills are a must. · Computer/technology knowledge is required as well as a proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook (Microsoft Office Suite). · Comprehensive knowledge or certification of Argus software is preferred. · National Review experience is a plus. · Ability to multi-task and elevate critical issues in a timely manner. · Must be self-motivated and manage time efficiently to meet service-level deadlines. · Strong critical thinking and problem solving. · Understanding of various construction types and mechanical systems as well as hazards such as flood, environmental, earthquake, and zoning conditions. · Ability to analyze properties with complex characteristics. · Superior knowledge of local real estate metro areas and neighborhood. · MAI designation from the Appraisal Institute or equivalent credential is preferred. About Us JPMorgan Chase & Co., one of the oldest financial institutions, offers innovative financial solutions to millions of consumers, small businesses and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under the J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Our history spans over 200 years and today we are a leader in investment banking, consumer and small business banking, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. We recognize that our people are our strength and the diverse talents they bring to our global workforce are directly linked to our success. We are an equal opportunity employer and place a high value on diversity and inclusion at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of any protected attribute, including race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital or veteran status, pregnancy or disability, or any other basis protected under applicable law. In accordance with applicable law, we make reasonable accommodations for applicants’ and employees’ religious practices and beliefs, as well as any mental health or physical disability needs. Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veterans About the Team Commercial Banking is focused on helping our clients succeed and making a positive difference in our communities. We provide credit and financing, treasury and payment services, international banking and real estate services to clients including corporations, municipalities, institutions, real estate investors and owners, and nonprofit organizations.

Chase Bank

Certified General Appraiser

Tue, 09 Mar 2021 16:38:36 GMT

We are currently looking to add a full-time certified general appraiser to our team. Our clients are best‐in‐class banks and government agencies. The majority of our work is within Cook County and all of our work is within the greater Chicago Metro Area. Candidates must be proficient in Word and Excel, have a certified general real estate license, and have a passion for real estate. Ideal candidates will also be experienced in Narrative 1 or similar report writing software. If interested please submit your resume & cover letter to Founded in 2001, Praedium Valuation Group is a professionally-managed commercial and residential real estate valuation and consulting firm. Since the firm’s founding, Praedium Valuation Group has completed more than 70,000 appraisal and consulting assignments for its clients in the Chicago area. Praedium Valuation Group co-founders and owners, Joe Wallace, MAI, and Sara Chambers, SRA, met while attending the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Today, the two lead the firm’s talented team of 20 certified appraisers.

Ashley Piper

Appraisers Seeking Positions

Trainee Position wanted

Thu, 04 Mar 2021 17:47:54 GMT

Looking to switch careers from commercial/residential property insurance underwriting into real estate appraisal. I recently received my Illinois trainee license and I am not looking for a supervisor.

Terry Crowley

Appraiser Trainee

Thu, 11 Feb 2021 19:44:34 GMT

I have a diverse and well-rounded background in real estate - residential brokerage, commercial real estate development, government real estate, commercial real estate consulting and a master's degree in urban planning with concentration in real estate. I have worked on large scale development projects, done extensive financial analysis including development proformas, discounted cash flow analysis, land residual analysis, highest and best use studies, market studies and more. I have extensive knowledge of real estate taxes and TIF and have successfully challenged assessments on commercial properties. I have also worked at the Illinois Housing Development Authority focusing on statewide single-family rehabilitation programs. I have a good understanding of valuation methods and real estate finance concepts and looking to further diversify my skills and work in the appraisal field. Email: Thank you.

Brian Godlewski

Appraiser Trainee

Tue, 02 Feb 2021 1:53:08 GMT

I am reaching out to you to share my knowledge and experience in the Real Estate Industry. I am currently a Managing Broker, Investor and licensed General Contractor. My duties are to determine offer prices for acquisition, develop scope of work, prepare layouts for the Architect per Chicago and FHA codes, perform home Inspections, placing orders for material per square footage and determine ARV for property and provide approx. marketing time. As a broker my duty is to determine the proper price for my clients. I am looking to bring my experience to the team of an Appraiser Supervisor in exchange for more knowledge and mentorship. I currently have EO Insurance, MLS access and Total. I am eager and ready to produce.

Anthony Davis


Thu, 03 Dec 2020 6:02:59 GMT

I am seeking a Supervisory for Appraiser Trainee. I just received my license as Associate Real Estate Trainee Appraiser in the State of Illinois and I come from Venezuela where I graduated as a Civil Engineer and Real Estate Appraiser. Here in the USA I also got a license as Life Insurance Producer and I work as such since I arrived in this great country. I am currently a Practicing Affiliate of the Appraisal Institue and I have my goal focused on advancing my professional preparation in the Appraisal area and I am committed to putting the best of my professional training at the service of a company dedicated to Valuation in the State of Illinois, USA.

Kenic Navarro

Appraiser Trainee

Tue, 17 Nov 2020 16:08:02 GMT

I am seeking a mentor for Appraiser Trainee. I just passed the examination and although I am fairly new to Appraiser career, I have been Real Estate Broker for many years. I also completed numerous BPO's and PCR's. I am located in Niles, IL. Feel free to contact me at

Piotr Ganatowski


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+AI Submits Letter in Support of Fairness in Valuation Legislation
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 0:00:00 GMT

The Appraisal Institute on March 9 sent a letter to the House Committee on Financial Services expressing its support for the Real Estate Valuation Fairness and Improvement Act of 2021.  The legislation would establish an interagency task force to analyze federal collateral underwriting standards and guidance and provide resources for promoting diversity in the valuation profession. Diversity in appraisal is a major focus of the legislation, and it would provide vast financing resources for promoting greater diversity in the appraisal profession.

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+Calls for Passage of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 0:00:00 GMT

Twelve organizations signed a letter to congressional leaders calling for immediate passage of the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act. Passage of the Act remains the fastest and most efficient way to halt this abuse of the conservation easement tax deduction, and is necessary to save taxpayers billions of dollars each year while preserving legitimate conservation easements.

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+Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and Forms Redesign Timeline
Wed, 31 Mar 2021 0:00:00 GMT

The Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD) and Forms are being updated to reflect changes to the appraisal industry, address future appraisal needs, and facilitate ongoing digitization in the appraisal process and the mortgage industry.

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+New Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Continuing Education (CE) Requirement Reminder
Wed, 24 Mar 2021 0:00:00 GMT

A new law passed in 2019 requires individuals with licenses issued by DPR that require CE to renew their license also complete 1 hour of CE on the topic of sexual harassment prevention training. This requirement is in effect for all renewals after January 1, 2020. 

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+2021 Membership Renewal Form
Thu, 03 Dec 2020 5:00:00 GMT

Since 1994, ICAP has been representing the interests of Illinois real estate appraisers in Illinois and on the national level. This is the 2021 membership drive. Please, renew or begin your membership.

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