The Southern New Jersey Chapter Welcomes You

As the leading organization for professional real estate appraisers, the Appraisal Institute represents over 18,000 professionals in nearly 50 countries. The Southern New Jersey Chapter has over 150 members. We are the home to appraising professionals in the following counties: Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Atlantic, Cumberland, Cape May, Monmouth, Mercer and Ocean.  Our members perform a variety of services ranging from single family valuation to feasibility studies for regional malls and hotel-casinos. Whether it’s assistance on a home purchase or providing expert testimony for litigation, Appraisal Institute members are uniquely qualified to meet these needs.


EDUCATIONAL OFFERINGS: In person and virtually!

We have SUCCESSFULLY run MANY continuing educational offerings virtually since Quarter 2 of 2020. Virtual offerings are held using ZOOM from the comfort of the student’s own home/office. Because of the positive feedback, we will continue to hold seminars using this platform…and we will reintroduce in-person learning! We are here to help you meet your mandatory CE requirements! Please note whether the seminar you are signing up for will be held in-person or virtually before registering.

Residential Roundtable 2024 (4 CE Hours) @ Bonesaw Brewing Company, Lager Loft
May 2 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Check in at 12:45 pm
  • Seminar is 1-5 pm
  • Food Networking 5-6 pm
  • Cash bar included


Richard Negro and Deborah Peacock (HUD)
Common Myths, Misconceptions and Questions regarding FHA Appraisal Guidelines

This presentation will address FHA guidelines regarding Appraisal Reporting requirements in an effort to clear up common misconceptions of these guidelines by the industry participants, including Loan Officers, Loan Production staff, Appraisal Management Companies, Loan Processors, Underwriters and Appraisers. Many of the examples have come from questions submitted through the FHA Resource Center. The presentation will follow an outline beginning with an understanding of the specific Intended Use in an FHA Appraisal Assignment and how this Use helps to define and understand the various roles in Mortgage Processing. The presentation will include instructions on how to navigate the online version of the HUD 4000.1 handbook for easy reference. The presentation will allow ample time for Q & A on these specific topics as well as an open forum Q & A.


Matt Carelli
AnnieMac and the Residential Appraisal

AnnieMac Home Mortgage is a lender based in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, with branches throughout the U.S. The company provides a complete suite of mortgage solutions, with a department dedicated specifically to the underwriting and processing of renovation mortgages, like Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle® Renovation. The presentation will discuss what mortgage companies are looking for from appraisals, as well as insight on Fannie Mae’s Collateral Underwriter review tool.


Michael J. Pratico, Jr., AI-GRS
Swinging Interest Rates & Best Practices

As a bank reviewer, the presenter will go over lending work and types, property types, and the current role as an appraiser. He will go into details regarding best practice ideas, anecdotal data to monitor and watch, as well as reconsideration of value and bias.


Michael J. Acquaro-Mignogna, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS
Tips on How to Improve your Career as a Residential Appraiser

This presentation will touch on the new PAREA program and what it can offer new appraisers to the practice.


Eugene A. Soda, Jr.
Residential Updates, Changes

We will discuss the new desktop products and their anticipated impact. He will also present on market conditions, listing analysis, and contract analysis.


Walt Krzywicki, MAI, AI-GRS
Common USPAP Myths

We will follow up and summarize some of the current changes in USPAP (for those who have yet to take the latest class); and also go over some “Common Misconceptions of USPAP.”

Cancellation Policy

Any & all cancellations are subject to an admin fee.  No credit/refunds for cancellations made on or after 7 days prior to class.  No credit/refunds for no-shows.  Our cancellation policy is stated on registration portal.

Desktop Appraisals (Bifurcated, Hybrid) and Evaluations (7 CE Hours) @ Via ZOOM
Jun 3 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Check in begins at 8:15am
  • class starts at 8:30am          
  • 7 CE Hours      
  • Instructor: Mark Smeltzer, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, DESKTOP APPRAISALS ARE HERE TO STAY.  Recently released by Fannie Mae, after March 19, 2022, loan casefiles meeting certain requirements will receive the option to obtain a desktop appraisal reported on Uniform Residential Appraisal Report (Desktop) (Fannie Mae Form 1004 Desktop).  As the world changes, so do processes and methods used in many businesses including the appraisal profession. While alternative appraisal services like bifurcated, hybrid, and desktop appraisals and evaluations aren’t new, they are becoming more popular. Many appraisers are uncertain about the general requirements of each service, how appraisal standards might apply, and how these services might create liability. You’ll gain more clarity about the different services being requested which will help you to decide if these services are for you. It will review the expectations of alternative appraisal services, potential uses, appraisal standard implications, scope of work, and liability concerns as it applies to residential and commercial assignments. And it will review evaluation formats and the business opportunities for them.

Cancellation Policy

  • Any & all cancellations are subject to an admin fee.
  • No credit/refunds for cancellations made on or after 7 days prior to class.
  • No credit/refunds for no-shows.
  • Our cancellation policy is stated on registration portal.

This Seminar Is On Zoom

Students must have computer, webcam & microphone capability to participate & receive CE credit. The platform will be interactive and live. The instructor must be able to physically see and interact with all students and students must be able see and interact with the instructor. A copy of your driver’s license must be emailed to the Chapter office as verification after you have registered for the offering prior to the offering start date. You will receive a separate email from the Chapter Office with log-in/access information.  You do not need a paid account from ZOOM to participate. If you are using your Ipad/Iphone/smartphone download the ZOOM app prior to offering. Check your webcam privacy settings on your computer. Check state approvals before registering to make sure the states you are licensed have approved the course/seminar & allow Virtual education in place of classroom education.  Contact the chapter with questions regarding participation guidelines:


Contact Lisa Weiss at or (856) 415-0281

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the latest educational offerings.

New Jersey Appraiser Law & Regulations (Mandatory class in your NJ cycle) @ Ott’s
Sep 24 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Fall Dinner Meeting and Seminar

  • 2 CE Hours
  • 4:00 – 6:00 pm NJ Appraiser Law & Regulations     
  • Presenter: Susanne Curran, MAI, AI-GRS
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm Buffet dinner (cash bar) and chapter meeting

NJ Appraiser Law, Regulations   N.J.S.A. 45:14F-1, et seq. Real Estate Appraisers Act

Purpose: This course is required by NJ regulations every two years.  Students will learn about the law itself, the regulations that pertain to the law including specific areas noted in the regulation.

13:40A-5.4 (b):  All licensed and certified real estate appraisers shall be required to complete a two hour course on New Jersey law and rules governing the practice of real estate appraising.

Questions? Need help enrolling?

Email:   Call: 856.415.0281

Cancellation Policy

  • Any & all cancellations are subject to an admin fee.
  • No credit/refunds for cancellations made on or after 7 days prior to class. 
  • No credit/refunds for no-shows.
  • Our cancellation policy is stated on registration portal.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the latest educational offerings.