Monday, September 15, 2014

10 Reasons to Attend the ARC Course on Sept. 29

Here’s our second installment of our Top 10 Reasons to Attend an ISA Course. This time, it’s for the Antiques and Residential Contents (ARC) Course, coming up Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 in Naperville, Ill.

Ten Reasons to Attend the ARC Course
  1. Complete a required step for achieving Accredited Member status
  2. Learn how to recognize valuable items in many categories
  3. Make new business contacts and friends
  4. Earn 52 ISA Professional Development credits
  5. Get hands-on experience in a local antique shop
  6. Learn the lingo for describing different items
  7. Gain from others’ experience in classroom discussions
  8. Take the mystery out of furniture identification
  9. Enjoy great accommodations at the Marriott and NIU
  10. Broaden your competency areas
  11. Discover the latest trends and tips in this category through our recently added Lecture, “Trends and Tips for 2014/2015”
This is the time to expand your skills and set yourself up for greater success. Do it through ISA education. Register for the ARC course today.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Board of Directors Election Results Announced!

We are pleased to announce the results of the recent ISA Board of Directors election. Three positions were available during this cycle, and we’d like to congratulate ISA’s newest incoming/continuing board members:

Perri Guthrie, ISA CAPP (Woodside, CA)

Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP (Elkins Park, PA)

Fred Winer, ISA CAPP (Baltimore, MD)

Thank you to all ISA members who participated in this important process by taking the time to cast your votes.

Nini Hamalainen, ISA CAPP and Selma Paul, ISA CAPP will be retiring from the board in November. Continuing board members include: Christine Guernsey, ISA CAPP; Libby Holloway, ISA CAPP; Steve Roach, ISA AM; Hughene Acheson, ISA AM; Marian Aubry, ISA CAPP; and Karen Rabe, ISA CAPP.

Perri and Fred will become officially seated at the next ISA Board of Directors meeting on Nov. 14 in Chicago. Officer elections will take place at that time, with results to be announced shortly thereafter.

Congratulations to Perri, Cindy and Fred!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Future Revisions to USPAP

The Appraisal Standards Board has issued their third exposure draft of proposed changes for the 2016-2017 edition of USPAP. Although the last thing on your mind is what might occur with USPAP in 2016, it does give rise to pondering issues that are sure to be significant in only a few years. Since the ASB is requesting comments on these proposals, I thought it might be wise to list a couple of them that might raise an eyebrow and even result in a few of members taking the time to put their thoughts on paper.
  • Changing the definition of an appraisal report to any communication of an appraisal or appraisal review to a client or authorized party that includes a signed certification. (Oral reports will still require the certification to be included in the workfile.) This will allow other correspondence sent between appraiser and client to be considered as preliminary and/or a “draft.”
  • Drafts must be clearly stated as “drafts” and that the opinions rendered are subject to change. They must not contain a signed certification. These communications must be kept on file or in file until superseded by the subsequent report.
  • Appraisal review reports may be exempt from the requirement to report the effective date of the review, unless it includes an assignment to value the property.
  • The ASB is suggesting retirement of ALL Statements on Appraisal Standards.
  • Any fees paid for the procurement of an assignment must be disclosed including referral fees or fees associated with a delivery system required by the client (a portal).
As you can see, revisions and issues never stop. These are only proposals, but this is the last draft for public comment. Go to for more information or to submit any personal comments.

Leon Castner, ISA CAPP

Monday, August 25, 2014

Don’t Fear the Fine Arts – 10 Reasons to Register for ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art Course

Early bird registration
ends Monday, Sept. 1

Appraising fine art can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you’re experienced in fine arts or completely unfamiliar with it, ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art Course is the best way to quickly learn the terminology and research practices for these types of appraisals. After seven days of hands-on, interactive instruction, you will leave equipped with the skills you need to expand your appraisal practice and never fear the fine arts again. 

Here are 10 more reasons to enroll: 
  1. You don’t need prior knowledge. The new course has been re-imagined with an updated and expanded manual, focusing on how one approaches fine arts. It is no longer only for those with a fine arts degree or previous experience in museums and galleries. 
  2. You will learn how to talk the talk. Students will understand and adopt the vocabulary to properly describe art works, their condition and art conservation techniques. 
  3. You will get answers from the best. The inviting and interactive learning experience allows for an open dialogue between students and experienced instructors, Richard Casagrande, ISA CAPP; Cathy Peters, ISA CAPP; and Meredith Meuwly, ISA CAPP.
  4. You will explore connoisseurship. You will understand the specifics of the art collection world and how to identify the most prized works of art. 
  5. You will get hands-on experience. The course includes guided tours of the Art Institute of Chicago and a print workshop, where you will get up close and personal with print techniques and processes. 
  6. You will earn 52 ISA Professional Development Credits. Apply these credits to your requalification. 
  7. You will learn research skills applicable to your entire appraisal practice. The skills you learn while exploring fine art can be applied to any appraisal.
  8. Your course guide will prove a valuable manual for years to come. The new Guide to Appraising Fine Art manual is a stand-alone resource for all personal property appraisers, regardless of specialty or background.  
  9. You will eat for free. Breakfast and lunch will be provided every day of the 7-day course, excluding lunch on the final day.
  10. You won’t be limited in your appraisal practice. At some point in your career, you will be approached with a work of art to appraise. Now you can tackle the appraisal with confidence.

Whatever your specialty, ISA’s Appraisal of Fine Art course will give you the skills and best practices to perform any appraisal, not only those for fine arts. Take the next step in your appraisal practice and register today

Early bird registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 1. Course registration will close Friday, Sept. 5, at 11:59 pm CDT.