In 2021, at least 40 residential properties sold for more than $50 million in the U.S., according to data compiled by the appraiser Miller Samuel. That’s about a 35% increase over 2020, which was also a record year.
   The country’s eight most expensive homes each sold for $100 million or more and are spread equally between the Los Angeles metro area; the New York metro area; Palm Beach, Florida; and ranches in Montana. Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch’s $200 million purchase of a 340,000-acre ranch in Montana from Koch Industries topped the list. Read more
   The Kansas chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization is urging the governor to issue an executive order aimed at stripping discriminatory language from residential property documents.
   Despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1948 and the federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 rendering racial restrictions unenforceable, documents created decades ago by homeowner associations or by individuals for filing with county governments include restrictions on renting, leasing, or selling property to members of minority communities. Read more
   Mayor Bill de Blasio, who vowed to fix New York City’s dysfunctional property tax reform system eight years ago when campaigning to be the city’s chief executive, released recommendations in his final days in office that include creating a new tax class for small residential and condo owners.
   “For far too long, New York City’s opaque and unfair property tax system has led to vast inequities in New Yorker’s property tax bills,” de Blasio said in a statement. Read more
Submit conference presentation ideas by Jan. 31
   Interested in presenting at the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference in Boston? The Call for Presentations is now open. The submission deadline is Jan. 31. Anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible, and registration discounts of up to $200 may be available to presenters. See the presentation information page on the IAAO site for more information in order to submit a presentation.
GIS/Val Tech Conference early deadline is Jan. 24
   Registration is open for the 25th Annual GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, March 27-30, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside hotel in New Orleans. The early bird registration deadline is Jan. 24.
   Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, will be the opening keynote speaker. Other keynotes include a presentation by Dr. John C. Finn, Ph.D., of Christopher Newport University on Geography of Segregation in the 21st Century, and a presentation by Water Wise Gulf South on ways to advance green infrastructure.
   For more than 25 years, the GIS/Val Tech conference has been the favorite annual event for assessors and the GIS professionals who use technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient. Optional workshops will provide deep dives into a number of important topics. Registration is available on the conference site. The full schedule is at https://gisvaltech2022.sched.com/.
IAAO’s new AAS Fast Track program allows designation completion in just a year
   The new IAAO AAS Fast Track Program now allows students the opportunity to achieve the Assessment Administration Specialist designation within 12 months and completely online. Any student may participate in the online courses offered for the AAS designation. Additional information and designation requirements can be found on the IAAO website  here .
   Live online courses will begin in February 2022, but students can begin taking available self-study courses at any time. The list of self-study courses is here . Pricing for self-study courses is $399 for members and $625 for nonmembers. Live online courses hosted by IAAO HQ and taught by IAAO-certified instructors are $499 for members and $725 for nonmembers. Approved AAS candidates who register for an AAS-required IAAO live online class by Jan. 14, 2022, can receive 10% off by using coupon code AAS2022 during online checkout.
IAAO joins other valuation groups for DEI webinars
   IAAO has joined the American Society of Appraisers, Appraisal Institute (AI), American Society of Farm Managers & Rural Appraisers (ASFRMA), MBREA, and the National Society of Real Estate Appraisers (NSREA) to present a series of free webinars on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
   The first webinar, “Revealing Relevance for the Appraiser Profession,” will air 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Jan. 31. Presenting experts David Doering, ASA, IFA; Robbie Wilson, ASA, RA, SRA; Scott Reuter, and Danny Wiley, SRA, will discuss details of a Freddie Mac study, including questions/points from the research and what appraisers can do in light of the research findings.
   They will also discuss how the three approaches to value inform an opinion of value; how comparable sale selection can lead to inadvertent effects on the opinion of value; how neighborhood or market area determinations are made, and how this definition can cause inadvertent negative impacts. Registration for the webinar is available here.

Resident access and transparency the topic
of Tyler online seminar in January

   Tyler Technologies, an IAAO Conference partner, will be offering a webinar on “Citizen Access and Transparency” at 2 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 28.
   Residents have come to expect the convenience of online services — whether they are ordering groceries or shopping for a new house — and increasingly they expect government to deliver the same level of services. The pandemic has only increased this demand. Residents need online access to information and to file marriage licenses, pay taxes, etc. Access to property valuation data is now an option.
   Find out how constituents, businesses, agencies, and community organizations can benefit from easy access to high-interest property assessment data online. Not only do these services improve efficiency, but they reduce waiting times and improve resident satisfaction. Register here
Mobile, cloud-based platforms focus of webinar with Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company
   IAAO Conference partner Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company, is offering an online seminar at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 21, on “How Mobile and Cloud-Based Platforms Increase Accessibility, Adaptability, and Productivity for Field and Office Staff.”
   This webinar, presented by Daniel Anderson, a Woolpert vice president and Data Cloud Solutions Practice Leader, will discuss how your jurisdiction can increase adaptability and productivity of office and field staff, no matter the circumstances. Register here.
McHenry quoted in Kansas City Star story
   IAAO 2021 President Greg McHenry was recently quoted in a Kansas City Star story about a proposal by a Missouri legislator to ban counties from increasing homeowners’ taxable property values more than 5% or the rate of inflation — whichever is higher — in each two-year reassessment. McHenry said that tax rates apply across counties equally, so homeowners whose properties appreciate faster would be shifting their tax burden toward those who experience more modest growth. Read more
Hot topic: Turnover and hiring
   IAAO Connect members are talking about turnover in the industry, and how jurisdictions are dealing with hiring difficulties. Read more

Brenda Dones of Weld County named 2021 Colorado Assessor of the Year

   The Colorado Assessors’ Association has named Weld County Assessor Brenda Dones as the 2021 Colorado Assessor of the Year, which recognizes her strong leadership and professionalism. Dones was presented with the award at the association’s 2021 winter conference on Dec. 8 in Colorado Springs. Read more
Iowa Supreme Court sides with Polk County Assessor Ripperger on public records dispute
   Property owners who want to remain at least partly anonymous can do so, according to the Iowa Supreme Court.
   The court mostly sided with Polk County Assessor and past IAAO president Randy Ripperger in a decision about a long-running public records dispute issued last week against the Iowa Public Information Board. Read more
   Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb recently announced several appointments to state boards and commissions, including Jackson County Assessor Katie Kaufman, and Rosemary Mandrici, St. Joseph County Assessor, to the state Certification Appeals Board. Read more
Latest data from BC Assessment paints a grim picture for young buyers, experts say
   The latest data from BC Assessment shows significant increases in property values across Canada s Lower Mainland. It’s another blow for young people hoping to buy, experts say. The numbers, which are based on market values as of July 1, 2021, showing increases hovering around 20 per cent and higher across the region for detached homes.
   It's been devastating for some of my clients,” Vancouver Realtor Kate MacPhail said. Read more
Mumbai waives property taxes on houses up to 500 square feet
   Property tax on residential units of up to 500 square feet, within the Mumbai municipal area limits, will be waived off, the Maharashtra government said late last week.
   In the current system, property tax is levied for a building. But since last year, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also started issuing property tax on individual flats. There are around 400,000 housing societies in the city. Read more
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