What's New!

Annual Conference registration now open!

Registration is now open for the in-person and virtual component of the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1 in Chicago. The Annual Conference is the premier platform to share successes, discover best practices, and learn the latest research in the field of property appraisal. Participants may register online, or registration forms are available to download. More than 70 sessions will be offered at the in-person conference and the virtual conference component will include access to a select number of education sessions, networking opportunities, exhibitors/sponsors, and more.

July 1 is deadline to submit materials to run for Board

Members interested in running for the IAAO Board of Directors should submit candidate materials by July 1. Check out the Elections page for more information. Regular members in good standing will be able to vote electronically from Nov. 1-15, for the Regular Board Member, Associate Board member, and Officer positions.

IAAO accepting applications for Content Editor position 

IAAO is looking for a Content Editor for the Professional Development department to support our education design Team. The Content Editor will support the education design team in maintaining quality training materials for the entire IAAO Professional Development program. As part of the PDD team, the position will work with and be part of an experienced group of professionals who are dedicated to supporting IAAO. For more information, check out the description for more information.

IAAO Statement on Fair and Equitable Assessments

Recent news reports have highlighted potential disparities, or regressivity, in low-income properties being overvalued during the assessment process. IAAO and its members are committed to providing fair and equitable property valuation assessments.

IAAO believes regressivity in assessment is a serious issue. Valuation disparity is an assessment, legislative, political, and educational issue. Property tax caps, credits and freezes may contribute to disparities in valuations. Therefore, all parties must work together to identify any issues that currently exist and to prevent disparities from occurring in the future.

IAAO promotes the following as cornerstones of providing fair and equitable property assessments:

  • Appraising properties on a regular basis to determine Fair Market Value
  • Following IAAO technical standards on assessment and office operations
  • Allocating adequate resources to jurisdictions to carry out the assessing function in accordance with best practices
  • Providing assessors and assessing staff with training and ongoing professional development

IAAO continues to develop additional tools to assist assessors, jurisdictions, and the public on fair and equitable assessment matters.

To better understand the assessment and appeals process, IAAO offers property owners a brochure, “Understanding your Assessment,” which can be accessed at www.iaao.org/UnderstandingAssessment.

U40 Leadership Lab Grant applications now accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the U40 Leadership Lab Innovation Grants to send to the Annual Conference under-40 members who have implemented a creative idea and have had a tangible and positive impact on the processes or procedures in their jurisdiction. The grant provides financial aid to those who would not typically be able to attend the conference and the winners will then present their improvement at the conference in Chicago. Applicants not selected, or who are selected but not asked to present, agree based on their application, that their improvement may still be shared. A Grant Application form is available to download. The submission deadline for applications to be received by IAAO by post or electronic mail (scholarships@iaao.org) is July 1.


Meetings & Programs

Learn Excel’s most useful assessing tips & tricks in June 29 webinar

Need to learn more about Excel and all the tips and tricks it offers? Vision Government Solutions is sponsoring a free webinar on June 29, 2021 at 1:30 pm EST to “Discover Excel’s Most Useful Assessing Tips and Tricks. David Cornell of Cornell Consultants, and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) will review Excel’s new charts and graphs; show how to apply logic based conditional formatting; teach participants how to automate data preparation and cleaning; use Power Query, Pivot Tables and Power Pivot Tables; and how to create custom statistical measures in Excel (coefficient of dispersion, for example). Sign up online at https://www.iaao.org/VisionJune29Web.

Volunteers needed for Annual Conference

IAAO is looking for volunteers to work at the IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago, Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. By agreeing to volunteer eight hours, attendees can qualify for a reduced conference registration rate of $395. Once you are confirmed, each volunteer will receive a volunteer coupon code to use when registering. Most of the volunteer positions at the Annual Conference are associated with the registration desk, badge scanning at entrances to sessions, and assisting with coordination of offsite events. To volunteer, fill out the online form at https://illinoisiaao.org/volunteer-form/ or contact the Local Host Volunteer chairs, Chesney Leafblad at cleafblad@warrentownshipassessor.com, or Tim Jorczak at tjorczak@assessor-blm.com.


Industry Events

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  • August 29 2021
    87th Annual Conference On Assessment Administration 08/29/2021 The 2021 IAAO Annual Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Aug. 29 to Sept. 1. Register online or download and submit the paper registration form. You may register for the virtual component using the online registration process or by submitting the paper form. To make a hotel room reservation, see the link to the hotel on the Conference Hotel Page. Add to Calendar
  • December 2 2021
    42nd Annual Legal Seminar 12/02/2021 The 42nd Annual Legal Seminar offers the unique perspective of members who are primarily involved in legal issues. The seminar presents substantive and procedural developments in law that affect assessments and valuation. The seminar will take place in Ft. Lauderdale on December 2-3. Add to Calendar
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Find the resources you need in the library

Looking for an IAAO resource? Find all of our internationally recognized publications, standards, and periodicals here. Members have full access to the IAAO Library as well as IAAO Connect, our member community networking tool.

Learn more about the Library during the summer of 2021 with our Words With Assessors game. For more information, check out the article in the May/June 2021 issue of F+E.

Research Exchange

The new IAAO Research Exchange is also now available. The Research Exchange is the central repository for research papers and journal articles relevant to the property tax assessment and administration community.

Subject Guides

The library recently released two new subject guides. The Marijuana Valuation Subject Guide provides links to articles, reports and websites with information on this new special property type. The Sustainable Architecture Subject Guide focuses on how green buildings features impact property valuation.

Research Exchange

Subject Guide on Marijuana Valuation

New Sustainable Architecture Subject Guide

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