SOURCE: Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Inc.

August 31, 2005 00:25 ET

Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers to Offer Fannie Mae Seminar

HOLTSVILLE, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 31, 2005 -- The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Inc. will offer a three-hour Continuing Education seminar titled "Fannie Mae and the Appraisal Process" at Koenig's Restaurant in Floral Park, NY, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2005. Registration will be at 3:00 PM. The course will be followed immediately at 6:30 by a cocktail hour reception and dinner, to honor past education chairman Robert A. Gregory. Mr. Gregory will be presented with a special honorary designation during the program.

Michael B. Ferland, Senior Appraisal Consultant for Fannie Mae, Dallas, TX, will present the seminar, along with Jackie O'Garrow, Senior Deputy Director, New York Commercial Business Office, Fannie Mae, New York.

The seminar will include an overview of Fannie Mae appraisal guidelines. Property valuation, unacceptable appraisal practices, fraud in the mortgage marketplace, Fannie Mae's technology vision, and the new Fannie Mae appraisal forms will all be addressed, to be followed by a question and answer period.

The seminar is approved by the New York State Department of State for continuing education credit for real estate appraisers, brokers and salespersons.

The cost for the seminar and dinner is $60 for Columbia Society members who register in advance ($70 at the door), and $75 for non-members who register in advance ($85 at the door).

To register and purchase tickets online, visit For more information call 631-732-6200.

The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers, Inc., is the oldest and largest regional appraisal organization in the New York metropolitan area. Since its founding at Columbia University in 1945, it has been dedicated to the advancement of the art of real estate appraising by developing and maintaining ethical standards and the promotion of quality appraisal education. The Columbia Society stands out among appraisal organizations in the excellence of its educational programs and its strict membership requirements. Candidates for membership must show appraisal experience, completion of appraisal courses, and meet other qualifications prior to acceptance as designated members.

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