National Inventory Certification Association – Education and certification for industry professionals
02 Aug 2017

Owners of Texas-based Lonestar Inventory Achieve Appraisal Examiner Certification

Congratulations to NICA members Hassan Saiyid and Nash Khan for achieving their second industry designation.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Lonestar Inventory owners Hassan Saiyid and Nash Khan recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

 

Growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. This certification provides the education and the credentials they need to properly assist appraisers.  By collecting the required information, the appraisers are able to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report.

 

The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service. This enables appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and helps  Certified NICA members grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

 

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge required to collect and then submit the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

 

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the National Inventory Certification Association Education Committee, consisting of NICA members, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors, determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification.

 

Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. The inventory professional is also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective, chosen from the NICA curriculum. The Appraisal Examiner course was co-written by a property appraiser to ensure integrity and provide hands-on processes for accurate collection of information.

 

NICA’s Managing Director Cindy Hartman states, “Our industry is growing and the interest in the Appraiser Examiner certification has been very positive from clients and inventory professionals. Using the skills and knowledge of local inventory professionals, appraisers can reduce their travel time. This saves the client from paying additional expenses and adds another income stream for our members.”

 

Based in Friendswood, Texas, Lonestar Inventory offers residential and business asset inventory services to Houston, Texas and the surrounding area.

 

07 Jul 2017

Update on the Appraisal Examiner Certification

update Post-it noteWe have had a great deal of interest regarding the Appraisal Examiner Certification.

Nugent Appraisal is pleased with the progress as we work through the bumps of implementing a new program. The successes have been many, with the NICA members reporting how much they enjoy working with Ray Nugent. You just never know what or how many pieces you’ll be called to collect information on. Jobs have included just one piece of art to a whole-house estate.

To date, the following have achieved their CAE:

  1. Brandon Ely, Inventory Defense
  2. Cindy Hartman, Hartman Inventory
  3. Debra Palmer, Palmer Home and Business Inventory Professionals
  4. Donna Courtney, Courtney Inventory
  5. Hassan Saiyid, Lonestar Inventory
  6. Jo Soard, American Home Inventory Professionals
  7. John Maida, WJ Home Inventory Services
  8. Kate LeGrand, Capital Counts Inventory
  9. Lavon Kearney, Serenity Assured Inventory Solution
  10. Mike Hartman, Hartman Inventory
  11. Nash Khan, Lonestar Inventory
  12. Tim Edwards, Elite Inventory
  13. Tricia Hoekwater, Uniquely Yours Digital Solutions

Congratulations on your achievement!

28 Jun 2017

Tampa, Florida Member Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

Congratulations to member Debra Palmer for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

Debra PalmerPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that member Debra Palmer, owner of Palmer Home and Business Inventory Professionals, has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

 

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for personal property inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

 

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

 

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification.Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective, chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

 

Managing Director Cindy Hartman states, “Debra has been providing personal property inventories for years in the Tampa area. This certification brings additional credibility to her company and also enables her to expand her service to serve more clients’ needs.  

 

Based in Tampa, Florida, Palmer Home and Business Inventory Professionals offers residential and business asset inventory services and now appraisal services to the Tampa metro area. 

20 Jun 2017

Indianapolis Inventory Professional Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Jo Soard for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

Jo SoardPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Jo Soard, owner of American Home Inventory Professionals, has earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

 

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for personal property inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

 

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

 

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification.Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective, chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

 

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, American Home Inventory Professionals offers residential and business asset inventory services to Indianapolis Metropolitan area. 

 

31 May 2017

Be Prepared for Your Appraisal Examiner Project

measuring a rugWhen the Directors of the National Inventory Certification Association received their first Appraisal Examiner opportunity for Nugent Appraisal Services, their thought was “We hope we can represent Ray well!  Cindy said, “We didn’t have ‘real’ concerns, so to speak, since we’ve been doing inventories for years. However, representing someone other than ourselves did make me a little nervous.”  After their first Appraisal Examiner assignment, Ray asked them to share a couple “takeaways.” 

Take more tools than you expect for the job noted.

The assignment was a bedroom set and 2 rugs, so we didn’t figure we needed a flashlight. However, we did need one. Luckily we have flashlights on our phones, which was required to read the dark label, on a dark rug, in a dark basement.

Verify receipts. 

The client stated that she had matched the receipts up with the rugs, We failed to verify them, and when we began to type the report, found the receipts were not the correct ones. In the future we will always read the documentation presented and verify the measurements and other details.

Take control of the process.

Following up from the previous point, the client handed us the receipts and suggested we take the photos before we went to where the rugs were, which we did. Then, when we got to the rugs, we didn’t have the receipts with us to compare. Having them with us, and to take the photos of the receipts along with the rug, would have immediately shown us the receipts weren’t the right ones. When doing home inventories, we ALWAYS control the process and take the receipts to photograph along with the items – we failed to follow that “tried-and-true” method this time, and it caused issues when typing the report.

Let the client guide the “getting to know you” conversation.

Our client was very friendly and shared her business ventures, then encouraged us to tell her about what we do. Others might want to be just strictly business. Let the client direct the conversation, being cognizant of their body language to help determine if they are wanting to chit-chat or have you just get in and get the job done. Be respectful of their time, and you could very likely be referred to others.

Plan to be there longer than expected. 

Our client had additional items to document in addition to the ones discussed with Ray Nugent. Though we didn’t mind (Ray did tell us he suggested she take advantage of the hourly rate and add additional items to be appraised). Be sure to be prepared for this to happen, and allow yourself plenty of time.

Ask questions about the purpose of the additional item appraisals.

Our original purpose for this assignment was to collect information of the bedroom set and 2 rugs for the purpose of a donation. When she said she had additional items for us to document, we failed ask if they were also for donations or another purpose. This information is important for the appraiser.

13 Apr 2017

Indiana Member Earns Appraisal Examiner Certification

National Education Association congratulates member Kate LeGrand for achieving Appraisal Examiner Certification.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Kate LeGrand, Certified Inventory Specialist and owner of Capital Counts Inventory, has recently earned the additional designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

Kate commented, “This certification enables me to expand Capital Counts Inventory‘s service offerings and serve more needs. For example, if an executor asks the estate attorney to refer an inventory professional to document the estate’s contents, and also an appraiser to value specific items, we can serve both needs. This enables the client and attorney to work with just one professional instead of two.”

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

Based in Plainfield, Indiana, Capital Counts Inventory offers examiner appraisal, business, and home inventory services in the State of Indiana.

07 Apr 2017

New Jersey Member Earns Appraisal Examiner Certification

Member John Maida has achieved his designation as Certified Appraisal Examiner.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that member John Maida, owner of WJ Home Inventory, has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

“Adding property appraisal services to the other WJ Home inventory options enables me to serve my clients’ needs when they are asking for valuations of their antiques, collectibles, etc. Achieving this certification shows clients and referral sources that I value education and choose to raise my professionalism to another level,” John explained.

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

Based in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, WJ Home Inventory offers examiner appraisal and contents inventory services in the State of New Jersey and also Eastern Pennsylvania.

03 Apr 2017

South Carolina Member Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

Member Donna Courtney has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Certified Inventory Specialist Donna Courtney of Courtney Inventory has recently earned her second designation, Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

To help ensure that the personal property inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective that is chosen from the NICA curriculum.

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. Having the knowledge and expertise to collect the information required by appraisers to properly assign value enables the Appraisal Examiner to serve their clients’ needs. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between the two industries.

Courtney said, “I am often asked if I can appraise items while providing an inventory service. Though I am not an appraiser, my CAE designation provides me with the knowledge and confidence that I can now offer appraisal services. This business partnership established by the National Inventory Certification Association and appraisers brings additional value to my company, and an added credential to my business. I see it as a win for both industries, and most importantly, for the client.”

Based in Little River, South Carolina, Courtney Inventory provided appraisal examiner services as well as residential and business asset inventory services in Southern North Carolina and in South Carolina.

29 Mar 2017

Bay Area Member Earns Certified Appraisal Examiner Designation

The National Inventory Certification Association announces that member Tricia Hoekwater of  Uniquely Yours Digital Solutions achieved her second NICA certification.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Tricia Hoekwater, owner of Uniquely Yours Digital Solutions, has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

To help ensure that the personal property inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective that is chosen from the NICA curriculum.

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. Having the knowledge and expertise to collect the information required by appraisers to properly assign value enables the Appraisal Examiner to serve their clients’ needs. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between the two industries.

“When an appraiser doesn’t have the resources due to increased workload, or chooses to utilize my company to document the information for their appraisal assignment, my certification as an Appraisal Examiner gives them confidence in my expertise,” Tricia explained.

Based in Pittsburg, California, Uniquely Yours Digital Solutions offers appraisal examiner services as well as residential and business asset inventory services in in the San Francisco Bay Area.

24 Mar 2017

Michigan Member Earns Certified Appraisal Examiner Designation

Tim Edwards, Certified Inventory Expert and owner of Elite Inventory, recently achieved the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) congratulates Tim Edwards, owner of Michigan-based Elite Inventory, for recently earning the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the Association’s Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective, chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

Edwards commented, “I am often asked if I provide appraisals in addition to my home and business personal property inventory services. This certification provided the knowledge and expertise I need to collect the information an appraiser requires. This saves my client time, by not having to schedule another appointment with an appraiser. It also saves them money, as I have already collected the information during my inventory service. This new working relationship with the appraisal community is a win for both industries and our clients.”

Based in Clarkston, Michigan, Elite Inventory offers appraisal examiner services as well as residential and business asset inventory services in the state of Michigan and neighboring states.