Friday, February 25, 2011

Free 4-hour CE Seminar in Spokane, WA on April 30 to Support ACOW (Free for Appraisers who Join ACOW or, if Already an ACOW Member, Make a $20 Donation)

We believe that the Appraisers’ Coalition of Washington (ACOW) is a key to the future success of real estate appraisers and their profession in the State of Washington and that it serves as a great model for other state coalitions. ACOW was instrumental in the passage of Washington's AMC law.

To support ACOW and its membership, LIA Administrators & Insurance Services and READI are pleased to announce the presentation of their 4-hour live CE seminar entitled "Loss Prevention Program for Real Estate Appraisers” (WA course #AP544) in Spokane, Washington, on April 30, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, 303 West North River Drive, Spokane, WA 99201. CE credit is also approved in Idaho and Oregon.

The CE seminar is being given as a membership drive/fundraiser for ACOW. Accordingly, the seminar is free to all appraisers who:

1. Join ACOW on or after February 25, 2011 or, if already a member, make a donation to ACOW of $20 or more at the seminar; and also

2. Register with READI at Registration is free but appraisers need to email to receive a registration code because access is limited to professional appraisers. More information about READI can be found at It is LIA’s loss prevention resource for appraisers.

The seminar is given as part of READI's mission to support grassroots appraiser organizing and to defeat unfair liability risks faced by appraisers. In addition, appraisers insured through LIA's E&O program with Liberty Mutual become eligible for a discount on their E&O premium of either $25 or $50 depending on their level of coverage.

The presenter of the CE seminar is Peter Christensen, LIA’s general counsel and director of READI. The seminar addresses legal claims and issues affecting residential and commercial real estate appraisers. The information is based on actual claims and lawsuits filed against appraisers, including specific cases in Washington. In addition to the interesting facts involved in many of the cases, the seminar provides specific instruction about how appraisers can minimize their risk of being sued and about how to be prepared for such an event if it happens. We will also discuss the spike in FDIC litigation and other current appraiser liability problems.

Please register for the class by email to – and, as applicable, indicate if you either joined ACOW after February 25, 2011 or, if already a member, intend to donate $20 or more at the seminar. If you do not wish to join ACOW or make a $20 donation to ACOW and register with READI, the cost of the seminar is $50 (which LIA will donate to ACOW). Space is limited. If you reserve a space, please be sure to attend.

LIA Administrators & Insurance Services is the educational provider of the seminar.

The seminar is approved for 4 hours of CE in the following states: AL, AZ, CA, FL, HI, ID, MA, MN, MS, NC, NH, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA and WI. We will issue credit for any of these states.