Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the Association of Georgia Real Estate Appraisers (AGREA)?
The Association of Georgia Real Estate Appraisers (AGREA) was initiated to address the needs and issues of the appraiser community here in the state of Georgia. We promote respect and profitability as well as build professional networking opportunities for Georgia real estate appraisers.
Is AGREA incorporated as a nonprofit?
AGREA is not a nonprofit. The cost and time involved in incorporating and properly maintaining the organization, per nonprofit requirements, would affect the productivity of the organization.
Is this primarily an Atlanta group? How would I benefit as a rural Georgia appraiser?
AGREA is not primarily an Atlanta group. Although most of the administrative management of AGREA is done in Atlanta, we are looking for appraisers in rural areas to host networking events to further dialogue about today’s issues. AGREA can be as large and far-reaching as you make it.
Is AGREA part of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers or any other national organization?
AGREA isn’t a member of a national organization, although we do participate with The Network of State Appraiser Organizations as we connect with other nationwide entities when supporting movements for national changes to benefit the future of the appraisal industry. Furthermore, AGREA is focused on Georgia real estate appraiser issues and being a political voice within the state of Georgia.
I’ve joined AGREA, now what?
Call or email AGREA. Ask what can you do, how can you be a part of the organization, and not just listed as a member. Let your voice be heard!
What are the responsibilities of a networking host?
AGREA will schedule with the venue and notify members in the area. Simply attending the event, greeting members as they arrive, presenting yourself, providing AGREA name tags and introducing the attendees to one another are key duties of a networking host. Estimated time required would be 3 hours per month. This will help you to meet appraisers in your local area.
What are the responsibilities of a chairperson?
A chairperson’s primary responsibilities will include meeting once a month to discuss upcoming events, membership needs, member relations, educational events, HVCC changes, and appraiser related legislative news. A chairperson must offer ideas, large or small, that can influence change for Georgia appraisers. Estimated time required would be 4 hours per month.
What is the purpose of the networking events?
Our networking events are opportunities for members to come out after work and meet other local appraisers within an informal environment.
What is a round table and why are round table discussions limited to 20 people?
A round table is an opportunity for appraisers to communicate their successes as well as frustrations and issues that affect their businesses. Likewise, professionals can discuss their experiences that possibly cover similar issues to address or learn from. The 20-person limit is needed to keep all participants involved, focused, and undistracted by side conversations.
Who is AGREA?
As a member, YOU are AGREA. Your actions, voice, and involvement are what makes up the core of our organization. Advocate for your own livelihood. Get involved and make a difference!
Who is on the Board?
We have an Executive Board in place. The rest of the positions of the Board are under development. Moreover, there are committees being formed that are dedicated to making the organization run smoothly.
Why is AGREA needed in today’s market?
We, as a group, need to take a stand in telling AMCs and lenders what our minimum fees are. AMCs will keep “scope stuffing” (the act of adding further requirements without increasing payments such as the MC form, more comps, 216, additional listings, pending sales, etc.) along with obtaining a higher portion of appraisal fees, while lenders will continue to be unconcerned with appraisers not receiving a fair allotment since, ultimately, a completed report is still submitted.
Who should join AGREA?
Individuals who proactively become involved in the future of their careers, those who realize that it takes more than just complaining about what’s wrong, professionals who are tired of appraisal fees decreasing while mandated compliance and time required to complete a report escalate. Discussions are significant, but only actions will get things done.
Who should become a networking host, committee member, or chairperson?
Those who can dedicate 2 – 4 hours per month to making major changes within the industry and want to meet key persons who influence the appraisal profession.
How do I become a networking host, committee member, or chairperson?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org describing the position you are interested in fulfilling.
What are the responsibilities of a committee member?
A committee member will assist the chairperson in researching issues that affect AGREA members. Estimated time required would be 3 hours per month.
Why should I network and know what other appraisers are doing in their businesses?
Networking and having open dialogue with fellow members will encourage appraisers to stop looking at each other as competition, and instead be united as a voice against AMCs who propose nominal payments, low fees, and scope stuffing.
What advertisers can be listed on the AGREA website?
Anyone! Preferred advertisers would provide services or products directed toward helping appraisers in their businesses. If you are interested in having your business featured on our website, please complete the form located on the Contact Us tab.
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