Dear friends and colleagues:

The Officers and Board of Directors have worked hard to achieve our 2017 goals.  Mid year is a good time to review and focus on the future.  Our #1 goal is education so that our members remain the most relevant resource in the field.  Here is a review:

February: Jonathan Miller, one of the nation’s most recognized experts on residential appraisal addressed the members on residential market drivers.

March: Patricia Johnson (Community Development Corp of LI) discussing the affordable housing issues we all face as Long Islanders.  Most interesting, the definition of “affordable” included many of our retirees and younger residents just starting out.

April: LIAI participated in the new Nassau Coliseum behind-the-scenes tour.

April: Joint symposium with the Real Estate Institute at Stony Brook.  This covered important topics affecting the future of real estate on Long Island including population trends, transportation, walk-able downtowns, renewable energy, challenges to development approvals and of course the politics of moving forward.

May: Steven Dubb (Beechwood Organization) addressed the many projects they are working on to address the affordable housing and senior housing issues.

May:  Candidates Night:  The LIAI hosted 12 Candidates and Practicing Affiliates to the May dinner meeting free of charge.  Designated members greeted each candidate and introduced them to other designated members.  Each table had a mix of Candidates, Practicing Affiliates and Designated members.  This was a huge success for all and will guide future Candidate/Practicing Affiliate events.

May:  Socks for Soldiers – At the May dinner meeting, the LIAI teamed with the Socks for Soldiers organization to collect socks and other items for US military personnel active in many areas of the world.  The response to this drive was overwhelming with donations far exceeding our anticipated goals.  The list of items donated can be seen on our website

May: Practical Highest & Best Use.  This seminar discussed several highest and best use issues appraisers need to consider in determining the H&BU of a property.  An outstanding review was received by the attendees.

June:  Following the annual golf outing, Paul Mateyunas (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) discussed valuation of high-end homes, estates subdivisions and mansions on Long Island

June: 7-hour Drone Technology seminar by instructor Lamar H. Ellis, III, MAI, SRA.  The number of applications where drones are being deployed has exploded.  Discussed how this impacts real estate valuation, future applications and legislation.

Summer and Fall Events

September 13:  Dinner meeting with Robert Knakal discussing issues impacting the growth of the Long Island market.

October 24: Joint dinner meeting with the Community Bankers Association.

October 26:  Joint seminar with the Suffolk County Bar Association where a mock trial will demonstrate the components of a court testimony using a simple tax certiorari case.

November 4:  Business Practices and Ethics

November 17 & 18:   Course AQ-15, NYS Level G-1, required of new NYS General licensees,15 Hours

December 5:  Dinner meeting and Installation of the 2018 LIAI President, Tonia Vailas, MAI, and 2018 LIAI Officers

December 15: USPAP 7 Hour Update Course, 2018/19 version


Our chapter has 233 members with a total of 26 candidates for SRA or MAI designation and 18 candidates for the AI-GRS or AI-RRS designation.

A committee comprised of Ronald Haberman, MAI; Ann Sheehan, MAI; John Biordi, MAI, Kevin Matheson, SRA and Thomas Byrne, SRA, AI-RRS has been formed to develop a “Candidates Resources” section on our chapter website which will have links to course offerings, review classes, Capstone dates, test dates and locations.  Keep a look out on our website for future candidate events.

If you have questions of need assistance as a candidate, candidate advisor or want to get involved with the LIAI, please reach out to myself or members of the board.  If interested in becoming a Candidate advisor, please contact myself, Ron Haberman, MAI or Kevin Matheson, SRA and we will guide you through the registration process. Let’s do what we can to have our candidates achieve their goals!

I encourage all members and affiliates to join us at the dinner/seminar meetings, educational offerings, seminars, and social outings.  Our board strives to provide topical and informative programs that will keep our profession a viable and respected body into the future. Just a reminder to all our members and affiliates – our chapter scholarship is available to all.

Hope you all have an opportunity to enjoy some of Long Island’s beaches, parks, and recreational facilities over the summer. See you in the fall!

Michael Scalia, MAI, AI-GRS

Long Island Chapter Appraisal Institute President 2017