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Appraisal Subcommittee's Annual Report Released

The ASC’s 2020 Annual Report is available on the ASC website at: Click here for a copy. 

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With great sadness, we announce the loss of Vicki Ledbetter Metcalf

On June 4, 2021, Jim Park with the Appraisal Subcommittee notified the appraiser community of the loss of our dear friend, mentor, and co-worker Vicki Ledbetter Metcalf. AARO sends their condolences to Vicki's family and friends. 

Jim Park wrote, "Vicki was the longest serving ASC staff member having started at the agency in 1991 when it was first stood up.  She served many roles with the ASC, both informal and formal.  She was our historian, mentor and friend.  Not only did she serve as a Policy Manager; she also served as the Acting Executive Director for over two years.  More recently and maybe most importantly, she helped me and many others better understand her perspective, as a black woman, the DE&I issues we are currently struggling with in the appraisal industry and society as a whole. I know some of you knew Vicki well and we will let everyone know how her family plans to move forward.  In the meantime, her husband, Hollis, has asked for privacy, so please hold off on contacting him or Vicki’s family. As soon as we have more information we will share that as well. Please keep her husband Hollis and their family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this difficult time and may her memory be a blessing to all." 

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PAREA Discussed at Spring Conference

Leaders discuss practical implications of PAREA at Spring Conference.

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Diversity and Bias Discussed at the Spring AARO Conference

A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion panel  was moderated by Sherry Bren. The panelists included Scott DiBiasio, Manager of State & Industry Affairs for the Appraisal Institute; Peter Fontana, Chairman of the Montana Board of Real Estate Appraisers; and Craig Steinley, Vice President of the Appraisal Institute.

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AQB Holds Public Meeting

AQB held a public meeting with updates from the Appraisal Foundation, the ASC, the AQB, and the ASB.

Here are some links to helpful resources that were discussed during the meeting:
Download the agenda. 
Sign up for the Appraisal Foundation news.
Find out more about the podcast.
Sign up for to be notified when new podcast episodes are released.
Check out the Veteran's resource page.
Take the national demographic survey.
All up-to-date information on PAREA can be found on this website.
Learn more about the USPAP extension.
The Discussion Draft will be posted on our Exposure Draft page.
View the First AO-16 Exposure Draft and Comments:
Read the ASC News.
Find coronavirus guidance.
Read new AQB Q&As,
More information on the National Uniform Licensing and Certifications Examinations can be found here.
View current AQB approved courses.
Find out how to become a USPAP Instructor here.
To read more information on the Real Estate Degree Review Program and to see a list of approved colleges, go here.

If you have a school to join the real estate degree review program, please let Jalin Debeuneure ( know!
You can view the Exposure Draft and Comments here.
View the Webinar on the 1st Exposure Draft of Criteria.


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South Dakota Loses A Remarkable Asset

Sherry Bren has left her position as the Executive Director of the South Dakota Appraiser Certification Program and has retired from the State of South Dakota effective March 26, 2021. AARO would like to wish Sherry Bren well as she takes on new endeavors and enjoys the retirement life. Sherry has been a staple in the Appraiser profession and with AARO. If you'd like to keep in touch with Sherry, her  current contact information is below: 

Phone: 605.222.1721

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New People Appointed to AARO Board

The Executive Committee has voted to assign the Immediate Past President position to Anne Petit and the vacant Director position to Eric Brinton. 

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CLEAR awarded grant in partnership with AARO to provide education to members

The ASC awarded CLEAR, in partnership with AARO a competitive grant to provide education for members.

In 2016, AARO’s leadership adopted a strategic plan to develop and implement a comprehensive roadmap to fulfill the organization’s far-reaching and attainable future vision.  This award is a giant step towards realization of AARO’s vision. 
As part of the strategic plan, the Education Committee designed and delivered the Regulator Training Course – Basic Level and the 2019 Case Studies for Investigators Course.  Additionally, they developed the Intermediate Level Regulator Training Course and the 2021 Case Studies for Investigators Course for delivery in 2021.  All of this was planned to demonstrate AARO’s unique ability to develop and deliver regulator education to advance the competency and professionalism of all state appraiser and AMC regulatory agencies.  The Education Committee laid the foundation for AARO’s success.  Thank you to all of the individuals named above that also serve on the Education Committee and the other Committee members:  Craig Coffee, Joe Ibach, Tom Lewis, Amelia Lovorn, and Steve McCaleb.


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AARO Elects New President-Elect and Secretary

The Executive Committee voted to approve Tom Veit as the new President-Elect and Allison McDonald as the new Secretary. Please welcome me in congratulating Tom and Allison to their new roles. We still have an open position for the Immediate Past President and one open position on the Board of Directors.  

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The ASB extends USPAP through December 31, 2022

The ASB "decided to extend the effective date of the current USPAP by one year. This will provide continuity to the profession during this pandemic while also giving the ASB the appropriate time to carefully examine the challenges facing our profession before offering additional guidance.”

For FAQs about this announcement, click here.

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