Buffalo, New York – (BUSINESS WIRE) – November 17, 2021 –
Solidify today announced the launch of its Scholarship and Mentorship Program for Appraisal Trainees. As part of the program, the company will join the Appraisers Diversity Initiative (ADI) as an advisory sponsor and in-kind sponsor that will provide scholarships and mentorship to new entrants to the valuation profession.
“We are thrilled to support the development and advancement of the next generation of appraisers by partnering with ADI,” said Lauren Cook, President of Solidify. “With more financial and advisory support, we can make the appraisal profession more achievable and move the industry forward by increasing the diversity of appraisers.”
One of the goals of ADI – a collaboration between the AI Evaluation Institute), the National Urban League, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – is to create relationships and partnerships with sponsors for the benefit of ADI participants. ADI sponsors workshops and other activities to inform aspiring appraisers of the requirements to become an appraiser and the multiple career opportunities available. Through an essay competition, ADI award winners receive education grants to complete prerequisite course requirements to become an appraiser. Solidifi will award 10 scholarship packages to appraisers for ADI trainees to be selected after the upcoming workshop on November 18th.
“Receiving an ADI scholarship and assistance from Solidifi has changed the future of my career,” said appraiser Marcus Knight, ADI award winner and one of the first interns to participate in the Solidifi Teacher Match Program. “I have direct access to Solidifi and AI contacts that I can reach out to at any time for guidance. I am very grateful for this support.”
“For aspiring appraisers, finding a qualified supervisor to oversee their training is often cited as a significant barrier to entering the profession,” Cook said. However, more and more appraisers and independent appraisal companies on the Solidifi network are opening their doors as supervisors to trainees. Through its national network of appraisers, Solidify has facilitated the appraiser-supervisor relationship with over 90 trainees to date.”
About the Valuable Diversity Initiative
The Appraisers Diversity Initiative is a collaboration between The Evaluation Institute, the National Urban League, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The objectives of the Appraiser Diversity Initiative are to attract diverse new entrants to the residential valuation field, overcome barriers to entry (such as education, training and experience requirements), and provide support to position aspiring appraisers for professional success.
Learn more about the Octagon Diversity Initiative.
About the Evaluation Institute
The Valuation Institute is the global professional association for real estate appraisers, with approximately 17,000 professionals in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Its mission is to promote professionalism, ethics, global standards, methodologies and practices through the professional development of real estate economics worldwide. Founded in 1932, the Evaluation Institute advocates equal opportunity and non-discrimination in the evaluation profession and conducts its activities in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Assessment Institute personnel benefit from a range of professional education and advocacy programs and may hold the prestigious MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations. Learn more at www.appraisalinstitute.org.
Solidify is a leading provider of network management services to the residential lending industry. Our platform combines the capabilities of proprietary technology and network management with tens of thousands of qualified independent professionals to create an efficient marketplace for providing real estate lending services. We are a leading independent provider of residential and property valuation and settlement services. Our clients include the top 100 real estate lenders in the US Solidifi is a wholly owned subsidiary of Real Matters (TSX: REAL). Visit www.Solidifi.com for more information and stay connected with our latest news on LinkedIn.
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Publication date: 11/17/2021 02:00 PM / Disc: 11/17/2021 02:01 PM
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