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[search] [content_band style=”color: #333;” bg_color=”#dde2ff” border=”all” padding_top=”1px” inner_container=”true”][feature_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”info-circle”] General [/feature_headline][gap size=”20px”][accordion id=”my-accordion”] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What is the Association of Georgia Real Estate Appraisers (AGREA)?” open=”false”]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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Who is AGREA?”]As a member YOU are AGREA, YOUR actions are AGREA, YOUR inactions are AGREA.  What YOU do or don’t do will make all of the difference. GET INVOLVED!  Advocate for your own livelihood.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”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.  Interested in making a difference?  Join a committee.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Is this primarily an Atlanta group?  How would I, as a rural Georgia appraiser, benefit?”] 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, as wide spread, and as much of a voice in the financial market as YOU make it.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Where is AGREA located?”]AGREA is located at 3355 Lenox Road NE Suite 750 Atlanta, GA 30326.  Please look at the Contact Us page for more information.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”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 nation-wide 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.[/accordion_item][/accordion][feature_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”users”] Membership [/feature_headline][gap size=”20px”][accordion id=”my-accordion”] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Who should join?” open=”false”]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 actions get the job DONE! [/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”I’ve joined AGREA, now what?”] Call or e-mail AGREA.  Ask what can you do, how can you be a part of the organization, and not just listed as a member.  You’re a member!  Let your voice be heard! [/accordion_item] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”How do I become a networking host, committee member or chairperson?”]Send an e-mail to describing the position you are interested in fulfilling.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What are the responsibilities of a committee member?”] Assist the chairperson in researching issues that affect AGREA members.  Estimated time required would be 3 hours per month. [/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What are the responsibilities of a chairperson?”]Meet 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.[/accordion_item][/accordion][feature_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”ticket”] Events [/feature_headline][gap size=”20px”][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Why should I network and know what other appraisers are doing in their businesses?”]Networking and having open dialogue with members will encourage appraisers to stop looking at each other as competition!  Knowing your fellow industry associates are fed up with low fees and scope stuffing will prompt a different response when AMCs propose nominal payments.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What is Piedmont Park – AGREA Family Day?”]This is an event opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled day at the park with other appraisers and their families.  Offered are field activities, light snacks and beverages for everyone!  It’s the weekend – time to relax!  Family Day is also a “dog friendly” event as long as all dogs can play well with one another.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What is the purpose of the Networking events?”]They are opportunities for members to come out after work and meet other local appraisers within an informal environment.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What is a round table and why are round table discussions limited to 20 people?”]It 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.[/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What is AGREA’s Community Activity – Project Open Hand?”]AGREA is big on community service.  Open Hand is a nonprofit organization that provides Comprehensive Nutrition Care™ for a diverse population of men, women and children with unique nutritional needs.  Duties include preparing or delivering meals for less fortunate individuals.  It is extremely humbling to spend time serving a good cause for the betterment of others.  Just a few hours can make a great impact![/accordion_item][accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”Will AGREA have events in other areas?”]Yes, please suggest a location and note if you are willing to host in the Contact Us form.  Events are based on the interest of AGREA members.[/accordion_item][feature_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h3″ icon=”puzzle-piece”] Advertising Space [/feature_headline][gap size=”20px”][accordion id=”my-accordion”] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”What advertisers can be listed on the AGREA website?” open=”false”] Anyone!  Preferred advertisers would provide services or products directed toward helping appraisers in their businesses.[/accordion_item] [accordion_item parent_id=”my-accordion” title=”How do I get listed?”]Complete the form located on the Contact Us tab.[/accordion_item] [/accordion][/content_band]