The Manfred Corona-virus Update

Contacting us:

We have had a very high volume of calls and are doing our best to return calls in a timely manner. If we do not answer, please leave a voicemail and we will return your call, if you don't leave a voicemail, we can't help you! Please note the new email address, [email protected]

Call- 518-489-1682 or Text- 518-378-5070


Salesperson/Broker Licensing Course: 

Classroom: All Salesperson classroom programs started running September 2021 and will be running in both the Classroom and Webinar format until further notice.

Self Paced Online/Instructor LED Online Courses: (BrokerThese courses are available online. Tech support and instructors are available to help and answer questions.


CONTINUING EDUCATION:

We are currently running classroom and webinar continuing education. Home Inspectors are no longer allowed to use webinars and must complete their continuing education in the classroom. However, all others, Real Estate Salesperson/Broker, Appraiser and Assessor may continue to complete their continuing education in either the classroom, live webinar or online (self-Paced). Makes perfect sense right!?

Home Inspector Continuing Education:

Please be advised that the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency declared by the Governor, expired as of June 25, 2021.  All temporary approvals for live distance education due to the State of Emergency, are no longer in effect.

All course offerings need to be offered in the manner allowed by regulation. The regulations require home inspection courses to be presented in a classroom setting where the instructor is present with the class. §197  Approval of distance learning for home inspection courses would require a change in regulations. Feel free to contact the New York Department of State to express your displeasure with this ruling and suggest the regulation be rewritten to clearly define the difference between a distance learning course and a live webinar classroom where the instructor and students are present in a LIVE-RECORDED format. [email protected]

FILING FOR EXTENSIONS:

NY State law provides for hardship extension waivers when licensees are unable to complete their continuing education requirement for license renewal.   NYS Department of State (DOS) will grant six (6) month waivers to students who are unable to complete their education due to the state of emergency. 
 
Licensees requiring a waiver must provide evidence of a bona fide hardship precluding completion of the continuing education requirements prior to the time the renewal application is to be filed.  A licensee seeking such a waiver shall go through the renewal process using eAccessNY.  When filling out the renewal application, the licensee would indicate that they did not complete the required continuing education.  Choose the option to upload documents and provide: 1) all documentation demonstrating such hardship and 2) a written request for such waiver.  The DOS will notify you if the waiver was granted.

How to access your E-Access Account: https://manfred.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360002042151-How-to-Renew-My-Real-Estate-License-
 


APPRAISERS:

Their is a high demand for real estate appraisers. Due to the shortage of appraisers, it is a great time to get into the business. But there is a catch!

Is a Career as a Real Estate Appraiser Right for You?

Manfred Real Estate Learning Center has been helping appraisers start and build their careers for over 30 years. Due to regulatory restrictions within the New York State Appraiser Board and Appraiser License Law, the Licensed Appraiser Assistant can no longer find adequate assistance from the Supervisory Appraiser to meet the state experience requirements, which has resulted in a lack of Appraiser Licensing education programs within the State of New York. 

Before you decide to become a Licensed Appraiser Assistant in New York state, you must ask yourself, how do I find a Supervisory Appraiser to get experience hours? We highly recommend you do this before you decide to take any courses, so many of the Certified Residential Appraisers are not hiring Assistant Appraisers, not because they desperately need them but because the State of New York requires the Assistant Appraiser to be hand-held supervised by the Certified Appraisers for all of their experience hours. Which takes away from their existing workload and business functionalities.

As a result of this Manfred Real Estate Learning Center, Inc. will no longer offer classroom, live webinars or online courses to meet these Appraisal licensing requirements.

Our school mission has always been about helping build careers and not just about selling courses or providing misguided information. In the future, Manfred will be only offering classroom and live webinars for continuing education 

 

NOTICE: Extension of Current USPAP

On February 19, 2021, The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) announced that the current edition of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) would be extended by one year. The 2020-2021 USPAP will now be effective until December 31, 2022.

Following the announcement, ASB Chair Wayne Miller made the following statement:

"USPAP has been a living document since its adoption in 1987. Initially, changes were being adopted so frequently, they were simply being added as inserts into a large binder. As time has progressed the updating cycle lengthened to one year and now two years. Like every profession, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the appraisal profession and how we conduct day to day business. Pressing issues have arisen in our profession over the past year ranging widely from concerns about fair housing matters to how to conduct a socially distanced property inspection. USPAP is a maturing document, and it can take longer to study the complex issues facing our profession and how they will impact our standards. We believe all of these are all critical issues and deserve thoughtful consideration before we issue guidance. With that in mind, we have decided to extend the effective date of the current USPAP by one year. This will provide continuity to the profession during this pandemic while also giving the ASB the appropriate time to carefully examine the challenges facing our profession before offering additional guidance.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the current version of USPAP effective?
With this announcement, the 2020-21 USPAP will now have an effective date through December 31, 2022. You will sometimes see this edition referred to as the 2020-2022 USPAP. 

Does this mean USPAP will be on a three-year cycle going forward?
No, we have made no decision on how long future USPAP publications will remain in effect.  We may return to two-year cycles, or choose another timeline, depending upon the need to make changes.

I am a real property appraiser. Since the effective date of USPAP has been extended, how does this impact the AQB’s continuing education requirements to take a 7-hour USPAP course? 
The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria has required, since 2003, each appraiser to “successfully complete the 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course, or its AQB-approved equivalent, every two calendar years.” The requirement to take the 7-hour course is not tied to the effective date or length of the effective dates of the current edition of USPAP. Extending the effective date of USPAP is an ASB decision, and it has no bearing on the AQB requirement for the 7-hour course.

I took a 7-hour USPAP course last year, thus, I am due to take the course again next year. Will the 2022 course be the same one that was offered in 2020-2021? 
No. A new 2022-2023 7-Hour National USPAP Update Course (and its AQB-approved equivalents) is currently being written and will be released on October 1, 2021 (and will be available to students shortly thereafter). The 2022-2023 course does not contain the same course materials as the 2020-2021 course.

What course materials do I need for the new 7-Hour USPAP Update Course? I already have a copy of the 2020-2022 USPAP.
You will need a copy of USPAP that is in effect when you take your course. If you already have the current edition, you won’t need a new copy. 

The Appraisal Foundation is unveiling a brand-new publication for the new update course called the USPAP Reference Manual. This innovative product will give users the opportunity to more quickly solve their USPAP problems as they arise in their daily appraisal practice reflecting the direction of the new 7 hour course. Folks taking an on-demand course will receive a special linked edition of the USPAP Reference Manual that allows them to move seamlessly between the Reference Manual and the sections in USPAP it references. You can also purchase this special linked edition of the Reference Manual in our online store.

 

 

“USPAP has been a living document since its adoption in 1987. Initially, changes were being adopted so frequently, they were simply being added as inserts into a large binder. As time has progressed the updating cycle lengthened to one year and now two years. Like every profession, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the appraisal profession and how we conduct day to day business. Pressing issues have arisen in our profession over the past year ranging widely from concerns about fair housing matters to how to conduct a socially distanced property inspection. USPAP is a maturing document, and it can take longer to study the complex issues facing our profession and how they will impact our standards. We believe all of these are all critical issues and deserve thoughtful consideration before we issue guidance,” said ASB Chair Wayne Miller.  

“With that in mind, we have decided to extend the effective date of the current USPAP by one year. This will provide continuity to the profession during this pandemic while also giving the ASB the appropriate time to carefully examine the challenges facing our profession before offering additional guidance.”