New 3-Hour CE Seminar
Six Recent Appraiser Lawsuits (and the Lessons from Each)

Live Virtual CE Class on Zoom

February 26, 2021, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm Pacific
Approved for Appraiser CE Credit in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington

I’m sorry – the February 26 class is full. I will schedule another for late March. Please subscribe to our appraiser newsletter to be first to hear about our classes.

After purchasing the class, you’ll first receive a receipt and, later, within about 48 hours, you’ll get the Zoom details.

I am proud to announce that recently retired California Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers Chief Jim Martin has teamed up with me as a regulatory consultant to help appraisers and appraisal firms (About Us). Jim’s nine years as BREA’s Chief – with ultimate oversight over BREA’s regulatory and disciplinary processes – brings incredible insight into the regulatory and legal matters faced by appraisers and valuation businesses. We’ve already been helping clients together and look forward to helping many more.

You can hear from Jim directly! Jim is joining me as a special guest for a presentation of my new appraiser CE class: Six Recent Appraiser Lawsuits (and the Lessons from Each). As appraisers who’ve been in my other classes know: these classes are not about boring E&O insurance stuff. They are about real-world cases and problems. And, in this newest class, we’re going to discuss 6 very recent cases involving appraisers – 5 of the 6 cases we’ll discuss were filed during the pandemic. What are appraisers being sued for during the time of COVID-19? What about the reverse – are appraisers suing anyone in relation to their professional work? With Jim’s additional input, we’ll distill the lessons and takeaways from the individual cases.

The classes will be presented in Zoom. Like regular live classes, there are no quizzes, but you must pay attention and must have working audio and a video cam on your computer.

Details about the course:

Six Recent Appraiser Lawsuits (and the Lessons from Each)
3 Appraiser CE hours in CA, ID, MT, OR and WA
Approvals: CA BREA 2010722002, OR ACLB VALE-C-1220-0002, ID Board of Real Estate Appraisers, MT REA-CEC-REC-13559, WA DOL A21003643
Course Provider: Valuation Education LLC
Course Fee $50

Qualifies for LIA’s E&O discount

This seminar discusses the facts and legal issues in six recent lawsuits filed against real estate appraisers (5 were filed during the pandemic) and draws the key takeaways from each case. The cases discussed address such matters as: 

  • The appraiser who allegedly left the faucet running and flooded the property.
  • The appraiser accused of making a 15% error in square footage – will the appraiser be liable to the borrower?
  • Appraisers being accused of discrimination and violations of the Fair Housing Act – what happens in a HUD investigation?
  • The commercial appraisers who reported they performed a complete inspection but missed the flooding in the basement.
  • The appraiser sued 6 years after delivery of a report. Will the statute of limitations get the claim dismissed?
  • What are the main reasons that appraisers are being sued during the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • Do you need a giant Covid-19 disclaimer in your report?

In considering the six cases, you’ll learn about the key issues that cause legal problems and the best risk management measures that can be taken. 

At the end of the seminar, as time allows, additional current legal issues affecting appraisers will be discussed during a Q&A period. This discussion may include for example: (1) “will an LLC protect you from personal liability?”, or (2) “can an appraiser successfully sue a review appraiser for negligence over a ‘bad review?’”

Additional information

  • The course provider is Valuation Education LLC (operated by Peter Christensen and the Christensen Law Firm). The contact information for Valuation Education LLC is 805-696-2600 or peter@valuationeducation.com.
  • The instructor for the class is Peter Christensen, Christensen Law Firm.
  • The course is approved for 3 hours of appraiser continuing education (CE) in: CA, ID, MT, OR and WA.
  • The classes will be presented live in a Zoom meeting.
  • All students must participate by having working video and audio on a computer (this is a requirement for virtual CE presentations). Watching on a phone is not sufficient. Students must have a working webcam and microphone on their computer to earn credit.
  • I will either need to receive a scan of your photo ID by email before the class or see it on camera to verify your identity.
  • As will most regular “live” CE education (and unlike normal online CE classes), there will be no tests or quizzes – but you must attend and follow the presentation to earn CE credit.
  • After you purchase the class, I will email you about how to log into Zoom for the class. These classes will be password protected, of course, to prevent intrusions. The classes may be recorded.
  • Plan on joining a class 10-15 minutes before the actual teaching start time to ensure that you can login to the Zoom meeting.
  • Refund policy: If you need to cancel before the class begins or run into a technical issue, I’ll refund your money – no problem.
  • Are you concerned about whether Zoom will work for you? Email or call me and I can set up a personal practice Zoom meeting with you.

Thank you, Peter Christensen