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ASA Region 1 Governor and NAIFA Member Shares Personal Insight on ASA/NAIFA Merger

Sep 20, 2017
Dear Fellow Members:

By now you should have received the ASA-NAIFA Proxy Vote Notice. NAIFA is a real property appraisal organization based in the United States, but with an international membership. I believe merging our two organizations will benefit all members of ASA. The Board of Governors voted unanimously for the merger.

Before I encourage you to vote "Yes," I'll reveal that I am a proud member of NAIFA. With that out of the way, here are my reasons to vote for the merger:

  1. The real property profession is losing members rapidly. The Appraisal Institute, for many years (but not recently) the leader, has lost 15,000 members (that's 50%) in the last ten years (Source: the Matrix Blog). Although we have a healthy membership, we should build it to protect ourselves from a similar fate. NAIFA is a smaller organization and probably would not survive a similar drop in members.
  2. We have a positive history of working together with NAIFA in government relations and other projects.
  3. The NAIFA organization started in response to banks controlling their appraisers. That's what the "Independent" part of NAIFA is all about. Ethical conduct is important to them.
  4. They are big on Education. Several years ago I participated in one of their education workshops. Here's what happened: eight people entered a conference room and stayed for two days, resulting in eight new courses. It was a great experience.
  5. Bottom line: 700-800 new dues paying, education producing, education attending members.
  6. ASA survives the merger, meaning NAIFA members join ASA.
Votes are due no later than October 5, 2017. If you have questions, please submit them via e-mail to or call (800) 272-8258.


Gary Snowdon, ASA – Region 1 Governor