Current Issues & Misconceptions in Appraisal

Date: April 27, 2023

Location: Atlanta, GA

Atlanta Area Chapter
Suzanne Brockway
Topgolf Atlanta Midtown
1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Suzanne Brockway
Whitmer, Ted




This seminar is a forum to discuss current issues in appraising real property and to review common theoretical mistakes in appraising property. The seminar begins with a review of logical thought and cognitive biases. Misconceptions follow the appraisal process. Commonly misunderstood terms, application of appraising to the defined problem, misconceptions in the Sales Comparison, Cost and Income approaches are covered. Approximately one-third of the class time is devoted to current issues in appraising literature. The topics include racial bias, property tax, condemnation and other issues that are currently being debated. The class provides a forum for discussion and does not necessarily conclude to “one way to appraise fits all.” This class is a moderate to advanced presentation of appraisal theory and issues.

Instructor/Developer - Ted Whitmer, MAI, AI-GRS, CRE, CCIM

Mr. Ted Whitmer is an appraiser, attorney, instructor, author, investor, asset manager, and consultant. Mr. Whitmer holds the MAI & AI-GRS designations from the Appraisal Institute, is a member of the State Bar of Texas, is a Certified Commercial & Investment Member or CCIM, a Counselor of Real Estate or CRE, a broker and the author of The Comprehensive Appraisal Workshop, Attacking & Defending an Appraisal in Litigation, and Maximizing the Value of an Appraisal Practice among others. Whitmer is an AQB Certified USPAP Instructor. He teaches many courses and seminars and was visiting professor of Finance at Stephen F. Austin State University. He has taught courses at the University of Houston and a graduate level course at Texas A&M University. Consulting clients include General Motors, Walmart and many attorney firms on litigation matters. Mr. Whitmer received his BA from Stephen F. Austin State University (1977), a MBA from Texas A&M University (1981) and a JD from the University of Houston (1988). He is married to Donna and has four children. 


To receive credit, 100% attendance of classroom time is required.


The Appraisal Institute has approved this seminar for 20 AI points.  The  GA Real Estate Appraisers Boards has approved 4 hours of CE credit. 

Additional Information


Topgolf Atlanta Midtown, 1600 Ellsworth Industrial Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA, 30318 /


  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Seminar
  • 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Chapter Business Meeting
  • 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Topgolf Play & Dinner 
  • 5:45 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Dinner Served

Must Register Separately for all above functions. Note that Topgolf registration includes Dinner.

Early Registration Deadline is 4/20/23.

Disclaimer Information

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the program is filled, e-mail to be placed on a waiting list.   The Atlanta Area Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is not responsible for registrants' non-refundable airline reservations, lodging, or other expenses incurred by the participant. 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

It is the policy of the Appraisal Institute to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are participating in Appraisal Institute Educational Programs.  If you need accommodations to participate because of a disability; please notify us in writing at least two weeks in advance of the program and we will arrange for reasonable accommodations.

Enrollment Cancellation Policy:

If a registrant wishes to cancel registration, a cancellation notice must be submitted in writing via email stating the reason for the cancellation and his/her AI account # to

Enrollment Cancellation Fees:


  • Up to 4 days prior to the program start date, $25 cancel fee
  • Less than 4 days prior to the program start date, no refund will be provided




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National Disclaimer

This Educational Program was developed by an outside party. The Appraisal Institute Chapter made arrangements for the Third-Party to offer the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) based on a certain chapter or local need for such topic, solely educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program and does not endorse the Program or its content.

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State Credit

Please note that 100% attendance is required in order to receive any approved state credit or to be awarded AI CE points. It is imperative that you check with your state board for state approval information before completing registration.

Other Information

If you have a disability and require accommodation, please notify the sponsor at least two weeks in advance for reasonable accommodations to be arranged.

The Appraisal Institute reserves the rights to cancel, limit, or reschedule the program and to change instructor assignments and facility locations at any time.