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.

2022 Highlights:

  • The chapter was an ad sponsor for the NAACP Cape May County Annual Freedom Fund Gala.
  • By the end of March, the chapter will have offered 26 CE hours on Zoom. That’s an impressive amount of continuing education hours in the first quarter of a non-recertification year!
  • In April, the chapter is returning to in-person classroom offerings! We are also returning to Atlantic City in September, and will enjoy a NEW LOCATION: Top Golf in Mount Laurel on September 22.

2021 Highlights:

  • In the spirit of serving the community, the chapter collected non-perishable food items and money to donate to local food banks at the December installation dinner.
  • In 2021, the chapter offered a total of 83 education hours over Zoom.
  • We annually award Educational Scholarships, promoting the importance of quality education as well as in earning an Appraisal Institute designation. In 2021, we awarded $935 in scholarship money. In addition, two of our members were awarded Gail Lubeck memorial scholarships from the Philadelphia Metro chapter this year.
  • Maria Nucci, SRA, AI-RRS was designated with her Review designation.
  • We held the 25rdAnnual September Symposium, featuring Susanne Curran.
  • Joshua D. Garretson, MAI, AI-GRS, AI-RRS serves on the Appraisal Institute’s Board of Directors.
  • The chapter was well represented at every regional meeting and conference call.
  • The chapter has remained financially secure and have not raised our chapter dues in at least 18 years.
  • On October 21, the Appraisal Institute’s Virtual Chapter Leadership Program (CLP) was attended by incoming Chapter President Joseph Heenan, MAI, SRA, and Chapter Executive Director Lisa Weiss. The CLP is a way to educate and motivate Incoming Chapter Presidents to manage their boards and membership. Also included in the CLP were the 2021 Chapter Awards Program. This recognized chapters that did exemplary work in the areas of state government relations, newsletter communications and special projects during the preceding year.  The Southern NJ Chapter received the Chapter Newsletter Award, Medium Chapter category, The chapter also won this award at the 2018 and 2020 CLP.

2020 Highlights:

  • The chapter was well represented at every regional meeting and conference call.
  • The chapter has remained financially secure and have not raised our chapter dues in at least 17 years.
  • We offered a total of 41 education hours over Zoom.
  • Named Best Chapter Newsletter (Medium Chapter)…this is the second time in three years!
  • In the spirit of serving the community, the chapter collected non-perishable food items to donate to local food banks at its January installation dinner. We collected 165 units of food and $70 to support community food bank efforts in Southern New Jersey.
  • We awarded $1,200 in scholarship money to chapter members through the SNJAI Education Scholarship program.
  • Joshua D. Garretson, MAI, AI-GRS, AI-RRS was named the Volunteer of Distinction for the 1st Quarter by the  Appraisal Institute.  This national recognition program honors volunteers for their service to the Appraisal Institute, to the real estate valuation profession and to their local communities.
  • Maria Nucci, SRA, has been chosen for the 2020 Noeline Fuller Scholarship, awarded by Region VI.  Noeline Fuller, MAI, SRA was an advocate for education and women in pursuit of the AI designation.  The region is honored to continue her mission to encourage women to get their designation and get involved at a chapter and region level.  It is with great pleasure that they offer Maria this scholarship named in memory of Noeline.

2019 Highlights:

  • Executive Director Lisa Weiss was featured in the Appraisal Industry Professional Profile in the April 12 edition of the Mid-Atlantic Real Estate Journal.
  •  Held the 23rd Annual September Symposium, featuring a State of the Industry Report presented by women in real estate.
  • Sent President Charles McCullough, Vice President Michael Descano, member Joe Heenan and member Josh Garretson to Denver for the Appraisal Institute Conference.
  • We collected 40 units of food and $250 at the April dinner meeting/seminar to support local food banks.
  • Joshua D. Garretson, MAI, AI-GRS, AI-RRS has been elected to the Appraisal Institute’s Board of Directors serving as a Third Director for the first year, beginning in 2020. The five-year commitment at the national level automatically rolls the elect into the position of region vice chair in years two and three, and then into regional chair in years four and five. Garretson, as part of this leadership team, will be instrumental in guiding various programs and projects throughout the next five years, including oversight of the organization’s objectives as well as monitoring the continuation of the Appraisal Institute’s educational programs, legislative affairs, public relations outreach, AI individual benefit services and international expansion.
  • Sent Michael Descano, MAI, and Sherrie Lisa Galderisi, SRA, to LDAC in May. The Leadership Development & Advisory Council (LDAC) is a group of dedicated appraisers who come together once a year in Washington, D.C., to formulate solutions to problems and challenges faced by the appraisal profession. Through a series of roundtable discussions, LDAC provides a forum where ideas and opinions on targeted topics of concern to the appraisal profession are exchanged.
  • We became members of the Southern NJ Development Council. The SNJDC is composed of key leaders and decision-makers from the public and private sectors. SNJDC represents organizations among 30 broad business types, including casino/gaming industry development, education, engineers, the health care industry, transportation, and tourism. SNJDC is proud to contribute to our region’s growth by working cooperatively with the region’s county economic development directors in serving as Southern New Jersey’s “Unified Voice for Progress.”
  • We collected 193 units of food and $275 at the January installation dinner to support local food banks.
  • We have 2 members currently serving on National committees:
    • Joshua D. Garrretson, MAI, AI-GRS, AI-RRS: Admissions and Designation Qualifications Committee
    • Edward T. Molinari, SRA, AI-RRS: Education Committee

2018 Highlights:

    • Named Best Chapter Newsletter (Medium Chapter)
    • Raised money and food for local food banks at January’s installation dinner & April’s dinner meeting
    • Offered a total of 88 education hours in a non-recertification year
    • Sent President Al Crosby, Vice-President McCullough, member Joe Heenan and member Meghan Payne to Nashville for the Appraisal Institute Annual Conference
    • Received a grant from the Appraisal Institute Education and Relief Foundation to run a solar class in 2019, making it possible for us to run it at a reduced rate for students
    • Successfully ran our 14th annual Seminars at the Shore, highlighting the southern-most part of the chapter
    • Became a sponsor at the Cowtown Rodeo
    • Continue the SNJ tradition of sending a quality candidate to LDAC. Michael Descano, MAI went for his first year & looks forward to returning this year
    • Because of successful education offerings, were able to offer the new USPAP class for a reduced “Membership Appreciation” price of $30
    • The chapter was well represented at every regional meeting and conference call
    • The chapter has remained financially secure and has not raised chapter dues in at least 15 years