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Welcome to the Ohio Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.  We are a professional organization which now includes just under 500 leading practitioners of real estate appraisal and consulting serving the Buckeye State.  Please take a look at our educational offerings and "find an appraiser" links.  Our Chapter is home to some of the finest instructors in the industry, and our quarterly Chapter meetings offer timely and engaging mini-seminars on a wide range of real estate appraisal topics.

The Ohio Chapter is proud to be a part of the Appraisal Institute.  Our chapter professionals are committed to the highest standard of professional appraisal practice and have been tested and trained to the highest levels of educational standards in the business.  Confident in our rigorous standards of appraisal practice, we are dedicated to maintaining the highest level of professionalism and quality through a commitment to life-long learning.  We encourage you to consider the benefits of the Appraisal Institute if you are looking for an appraiser or an appraisal career.

Note from the 2023 Ohio Chapter President

Gregory Williams, President

It has been a productive 1st half of the year for Ohio Chapter of the Appraisal Institute (OCAI)! I want to thank the chapter’s officers, committee members and volunteers for their time and hard work.

The Education Committee continues to ensure that we have great offerings for our appraisal professionals. The live online seminar course Inconsistency: It’s Hiding in Plain Sight in Your Residential Appraisal taught by Mark Smeltzer, MAI, SRA, AI-RRS was held in April. And that same day, during the lunch break we held our 2nd Quarter Chapter Business Meeting. In May, the Impact of Short-Term Rentals (STR) on Real Estate Valuation seminar was held in Dayton, Ohio. The course discussed the STR market and best practices to value these types of properties. The class was taught by Jason Ferris, MAI, SRA and was offered in a hybrid format. We had 10 attendees in the classroom and an addition 19 virtual attendee.

OCAI will be offering additional courses in the 2nd half of the year. In September, we will be offering the Eminent Domain webinar featuring Kevin O’Grady, Chief Appraiser at the Federal Highway Administration and moderated by Past National President of the Appraisal Institute, Jeff Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS. This course will offer a wonderful opportunity to hear from some of the best in the appraisal industry and eminent domain space. More details on the course will be forthcoming.

Over the past couple of months OCAI’s Board, Education and Scholarship committees have worked with Bill Garber (AI Director of Government and External Relations) and his team on raising awareness within Ohio of the Appraisal Institute’s Appraiser Diversity Initiative (ADI). The ADI program was created to attract new entrants to the appraisal profession and foster diversity in the appraisal community. On June 22nd, OCAI Board members will participate in an ADI event in Columbus to introduce OCAI to the attendees. And we look forward to working with AI national to help mentor the Ohio ADI scholars.

The Economic Seminar Committee has begun planning for the 46th Annual Economic Seminar to be held December 1, 2023, in Dublin, OH. Our goal is to ensure that the day is filled with meaningful, insightful, and useful information for participating appraisal professionals. The committee is reviewing speaker suggestions and conducting outreach to prospective speakers. The committee is excited that Mr. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors is scheduled to speak at this year’s Economic Seminar. In the coming months there will be more news to share regarding OCAI’s premiere event.

If you are interested in getting more involved in the chapter or would like more information about upcoming events or education, please email me at: gwilliams@frg-consultants.com.

Wishing everyone a safe and happy summer!

Gregory Williams, MAI, AI-GRS
2023 Ohio Chapter of the Appraisal Institute

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