French tax authorities using AI software have found thousands of undeclared private swimming pools, landing the owners with bills totaling about €10m.
   The system, developed by Google and Capgemini, can identify pools on aerial images and cross-checks them with land registry databases. Launched as an experiment a year ago in nine French departments, it has uncovered 20,356 pools, the tax office said, and will be extended across the country. Read more
  The pandemic and remote work have impacted commercial real estate in San Francisco.
   Now eight landlords with properties assessed at more than $100 million want their property tax bills cut in half. Some of the city’s largest landlords have filed appeals to the city’s Assessment Appeals Board seeking a 50 percent reduction in last year’s taxable assessment, the San Francisco Business Times reported. Read more
Analyst who predicted the 2008 housing bust sees U.S. home prices falling in 2023 and 2024
  When Toll Brothers CEO Bob Toll tried to say the housing market had bottomed out in 2006, analyst Ivy Zelman famously quipped back, “Which Kool-Aid are you drinking, because I want some.”
   Of course, Zelman’s housing-bust fears proved more than correct, and all those at the time who thought demographics would continue to propel the aughts’ home prices forward were proved dead wrong. Read more
Additional candidate added to 2023 election ballot 
  An additional candidate has been added to the list certified to be on the ballot to run for the 2023 IAAO Board of Directors. A petition by Donna VanderVries, CAE, AAS, PPS, was certified as eligible for election this week.
   The following candidates will be on the ballot for the election, which takes place electronically Nov. 1-15.
President-Elect - Rebecca Malmquist, CAE
Vice President - Tina Stone, PPS, AAS; and Donna VanderVries, CAE, AAS, PPS
Region 1 - Alvin Lankford, CAE, AAS
Region 2 - Roderick Conley, AAS, RES; and Lloyd Funk, CAE
Region 3 - Dwane Brinson, CAE, RES, AAS; and Stuart Topliff
September webinar: Leases of government-owned property
   The lease of government-owned property is assessable in California and will be the focus of an IAAO webinar from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Learn about the laws and valuation methodologies used in Los Angeles County.
   The webinar will be presented by Allen Jolley, Supervising Appraiser, Los Angeles County Assessor's Office, and is eligible for one Continuing Education hour. Register here.
IAAO seeking committee, task force volunteers
   IAAO is accepting applications from members to serve on committees and task forces in 2023. Those interested in volunteering should visit the IAAO Volunteer webpage to apply. The deadline to apply is Oct. 6. IAAO recently updated the volunteer application process to better match members’ interests with IAAO committees and task forces.
   Members can apply to multiple committees and also may apply for the 2023 Open Call to improve their chances to be selected to serve. IAAO usually receives more applications than there are volunteer opportunities, but encourages all interested members to apply. Current 2022 volunteers interested in continuing to serve in 2023 must re-apply. Volunteer here.

November virtual workshop: Dealing with conflict

   “Getting Along: Navigating Conflict in the Workplace,” is the focus of the IAAO Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) one-day virtual workshop on Nov. 1. Amy Gallo, a conflict, communication, and workplace dynamics expert, will lead the workshop. She is an author, editor, and podcast co-host of Harvard Business Review’s “Women at Work.”
   She was also a speaker at the 2022 IAAO Annual Conference Women’s Initiative Network Luncheon in Boston. The event will teach a deeper understanding of interpersonal dynamics, including gender and racial dynamics, while increasing awareness of personal communication styles. The workshop, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, is $195 for members and $275 for nonmembers. Additional information and registration links are available online.

Early registration for Legal Seminar ends Sept. 30

   Registration is underway for the IAAO Annual Legal Seminar Dec. 1-2 in Austin, where attendees will hear from industry experts on legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry.
  Attendees may register online or submit a paper form with payment. Early registration fees are $500 for IAAO members and $700 for nonmembers until Sept. 30. Rates increase to $600 for members and $840 for non-members until Nov. 18 and then onsite rates are $700 for members and $980 for non-members.
   The seminar will take place at The Austin Omni Downtown Hotel, where attendees may reserve rooms by Nov. 1 for $211 per night, based on availability. IAAO will seek approval for continuing education credits for states if a request is received by Oct. 1. IAAO professional designees can earn recertification credit (13.5 hours) for attending the seminar. Read more.

IAAO president to participate in forum on education requirements for fair housing laws, valuations

   IAAO President Wade Patterson will be one of the speakers on a Sept. 12 online forum sponsored by The Appraisal Foundation on education requirements on fair housing laws and valuation bias. Registration for the forum is available online.
   The AQB is holding the public forum from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 12 to explore the requests to expand education requirements related to fair housing laws and valuation bias. Panelists will be from state appraiser regulatory agencies, professional appraiser organizations, education providers, consumer, civil rights, and fair housing advocacy groups.
   There will be an open forum at the end of the event and if you would like to participate, send comments and/or questions to Aida Dedajic (aida@appraisalfoundation.org).

Exposure draft of USPAP available for comments; 2020-21 version extended for additional year

   The Third Exposure Draft of proposed changes to the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) is available for review and comment. The Appraisal Standards Board is accepting public comments until Sept. 24. To submit a comment, click here. The Appraisal Foundation’s Appraisal Standards Board (ASB) recently announced that the current edition, 2020-2021 USPAP, will now be effective until Dec. 31, 2023. This extension is in addition to a previous one-year extension of USPAP issued by the Appraisal Standards Board in February 2021.

Jacksonville looks to land bank to deal with abandoned houses

   Jacksonville got involved in the land bank because it has an affordable housing problem, and several vacant and abandoned properties.
   “There are properties where people have just walked away from the homes,” Community Development Director Brian Nyberg said. “If we can salvage some of these properties, it will help. If the houses have to be torn down, we will hope for new construction on those lots. Demolition is a last resort.” Read more
    Cities from New York to Dublin are seeing young people struggle to find affordable housing amid low supply, high demand, and soaring inflation. But Sweden, where residents pay among the highest tax rates in the world to offset better social services, was supposed to be the exception. Read more
    The new policy is part of Scottish government's attempts to protect tenants from the cost-of-living crisis, but industry commentators argue it will have the opposite effect. Read more
   In the heyday of ping pong and free lattes in the workplace, many of the city’s fastest-growing startups paid for their high-priced office space with help from the state in the name of economic development.
   One-time unicorns like Peloton, Snap, and Casper agreed in recent boom years to create hundreds of jobs in exchange for tax credits offered under the state’s lucrative but controversial Excelsior Jobs Program, which aims to keep jobs from leaving the state. Read more
   Amid the debate over the revocation of 40% rebate on property tax, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) in the Indian state of Maharashtra has started preparations for the imposition of additional tax on a pilot basis on flats and bungalows having more amenities as compared to other premises in the same locality. Read more
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