Join the AXIS Team in Chicago for the premier real-estate appraisal conference for valuation professionals, The Valuation Expo.  The event takes place on March 18-20 at the Palmer House Hilton.

As a valued AXIS Panel Member, we are offering you an early registration discount fee of 20% off. Just enter promo code AXIS19 during checkout and the discount will be applied. However, this offer ends March 5, 2019, so make haste!

As for accommodations, the Hilton has a block of rooms at a reduced rate for the Expo at $149 +taxes & fees, Group Name: Valuation Expo. The room block offering ends 2/28 and rates will significantly increase thereafter due to St. Patrick’s Day events.  For info visit:

In addition to learning valuable industry information at the conference, you can also register and attend Approved CE courses by adding them to your booking.
Visit here for more details:

See you there!


AXIS is now offering electronic funds transfer for
fee payments!

AXIS AMC is partnering with Sekady Capital to
provide our appraisers with options to accelerate
their cash flow!

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Sekady, via Direct Deposit (ACH), will post your AXIS payments
on the 10th of every month into your bank account. This service is
provided to all AXIS appraisers at no cost. This ensures
certainty as to when your funds will be available at your bank and
avoid the potential issues of postal delays and lost (or stolen)
checks. It also simplifies your accounting since all activity,
including paid or pending items, are available to review
on your Sekady dashboard.

In addition to the standard ACH delivery, Sekady provides an
option, once the completed appraisal report is delivered to the
lender and Sekady receives the invoice from AXIS, for you to
receive your funds the following business day. This can be
achieved by selecting Sekady’s QuickPay. The QuickPay feature
has a mere cost of 5% of the appraisal fee. This fee only applies
if you actively elect to utilize this service. You can find QuickPay
on your Sekady dashboard and is available for any pending
deposits you wish or need to accelerate.

This enhanced payment service from AXIS through Sekady is
not mandatory to participate. However, keep in mind, this new
service substantially decreases our environmental
footprint, combats the rising costs and unreliable service of the
US postal service. Let’s go GREEN for 2019!


Click the Register button below register and create a FREE account.

1.  Create a new profile and enter your banking information to
receive direct payments for completed appraisals and services.

2.  Once the profile is complete, the Sekady system will email a
confirmation to confirm your account.*

Thereafter, Sekady will send notification emails for each pending
payment(s) it receives for completed orders from AXIS on your behalf.

*(check SPAM folder if not received)


If you need assistance or have questions with the sign-up process, please
contact Sekady’s friendly staff directly at (208) 452-1910 or via email:

Or if you have general questions about this new option please email or call 888-806-2947 and ask for any of your favorite AXIS
team members.


From Our Desk to Yours

An editorial by Michael Simmons

Christmas … 2018

I was going to start this letter by reflecting on how quickly this year has sped by … until I was reminded that time appears to slow down for objects (like you and me) in motion. In fact, depending on one’s perspective; time itself is relative. The faster we go, the slower time appears to move. We call this time dilation. And, since the key to deciphering that time is not a constant is tied to the Theory of Relativity,  that might explain why I decided not to go down that temporal rabbit hole. But, just case you are interested, here’s the equation:. (Editorial note: just to be clear, none of this has any applicability to time adjustments for an appraisal. Different calculus – and very different curriculum.) Continue reading

From Our Desk to Yours


November…. For some, it means the end of daylight savings time. To almost everyone else, it signals winter and the start of the holiday season. It also marks the final two chapters of 2018. But to absolutely every one of us, this November should mean one thing above all others: We here at AXIS hope that everyone exercised their civic duty and voted. To understand the issues of our day and express our personal opinions in concert with all our fellow citizens is a nearly unique privilege and duty that we owe to generations past, present and future. It defines us as Citizens of our democracy.

Now let’s look at what defines us in the world of appraising: Continue reading

From Our Desk to Yours

An editorial by Michael Simmons

Two weeks ago I boarded a plane to attend the Appraisal Summit in Las Vegas and lead a panel discussion on ways to benefit your business by bringing aboard a trainee. Once the boarding doors closed the pilot announced that we would be delayed. It seemed that a plastic cowling around the plane’s window in front of the Pilot had come apart. We were told to expect an hour delay. 20 minutes later the pilot came back on the intercom and in an excited voice announced we were close to being cleared for takeoff. It turned out that they were repairing the loose windshield with a ‘good epoxy’ and something the pilot described gleefully as ‘High Speed Tape” that was good up to 1,000 miles an hour! Not surprisingly, the aircraft got what I would consider to be eerily quiet. Continue reading

September 2018 Newsletter

From Our Desk to Yours

An editorial by Michael Simmons

Last month I started our Newsletter with a conversation about Summer. Except it really wasn’t about Summer. It was really just a way to introduce the topic of transitions in the world and their velocity of change – and how our industry gets impacted. So let’s continue the conversation. Continue reading


AXIS is blessed to have many employees coming from different backgrounds and ages. One day we posed the question: “What music reminds you of summer? You know, those lazy days spent by the water with the warm sun and an ice cold drink?”.

We were surprised by all the different responses. Some are iconic, some we never even heard of.  So we thought we would compile an AXIS Summer Mixtape playlist so you can enjoy some summer music on the way to your inspections. See if you recognize what we chose.


TRACKLISTING: Continue reading

Appraiser Independence Requirements, clearing up the myths

Now that some time has passed since the inception of the Appraiser Independence Requirements, there has been much debate over exactly what these mean to Appraisers. We typically hear that we should not have any type of conversation with Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Lenders or any other parties with an interest in a real estate transaction. However, there are exceptions that we all should be aware of, in those instances where additional information could prove vital to a valuation. Continue reading