What is France’s empty homes tax and why more people will be paying it
   More people in France will be liable to pay the annual tax on empty homes in 2023 after the government extended the eligibility criteria. The amount is also set to rise by as much as 46% from last year’s bill.
   The tax is part of the state’s aim to reduce the number of empty properties. Read more
   One Boston-based company has foreclosed on dozens of New Bedford properties over the past several years, harvesting millions of dollars in home equity that once belonged to the property owners, a New Bedford Light investigation has found.
   The company, Tallage, bought property tax debt from the city and pursued foreclosure to collect on the debt. But many of the property owners lost their houses — and all the equity in them — over debts of just a few thousand dollars or less. Read more
U.S. house price
inflation slows
   U.S. single-family home price growth cooled further in November, surveys showed on Tuesday, which together with declining mortgage rates could help to slow the housing market’s slide deeper into recession. A surge in remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic led to a housing market boom, driving prices to record highs.
   On a month-to-month basis, home prices fell 0.6% in November compared with October, the fifth straight monthly decline.
Read more
Deadline looming to submit presentation ideas
for IAAO Conference
  Interested in presenting at the IAAO Annual Conference in Salt Lake City? The Call for Presentations is now open and the submission deadline is Feb. 6. Anyone interested is encouraged to submit presentation ideas as soon as possible. See the Call for Presentations web page for more information.
Interested in earning an IAAO designation? Take part in a Zoom chat to find out more. First is Feb. 16
   Beginning in February, join Professional Development Committee members, current designees, and program staff as they answer questions and share experiences in earning a designation.
  The first Zoom chat will be Thursday, Feb. 16, on earning an IAAO designation, followed by chats on the second Thursday of every other month focusing on specific designations, featuring designees who have completed the process. An April 13 chat will review the CAE and RES designations, followed by an Aug. 10 chat on the MAS and AAS designations. The year will wrap up with a chat on Dec. 14 on the CMS and PPS designations. There will also be chats in June and October about the overall designation program.
  For more information and to register, visit the Designation Discourse page
Registration for GIS/Val Tech now open
   Registration for the 2023 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 3-6 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort, is now open. The schedule of sessions for the event has been posted at gisvaltech2023.sched.com, and prospective attendees can bookmark sessions they want to attend. Attendees can also now reserve a hotel room at the Westgate Las Vegas.
   Discover the technology solutions to support your agency’s goals for accuracy and efficiency at the 26th GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, co-hosted by IAAO and URISA.
Nominations accepted for IAAO Awards, Fellows
   IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards Program and Fellows Program through May 1. The Awards Program boasts 17 categories recognizing individual and organizational achievements in several areas, including publications, technical expertise, and service to IAAO. Award winners and Fellow selections are recognized at the IAAO Annual Conference.
   The Awards Program is a highly visible event and all IAAO members and affiliated organizations are encouraged to submit nominations. Fellow nominees are brought forth by the IAAO membership each year and submitted during the awards nominations period. Read more  on the Fellows program, and also all IAAO awards.

Upcoming webinar: The Inns and Outs of Vacation Rentals

   Vacation rentals, from property classification to valuation, are hot topics in the assessing industry. In this interactive panel discussion, learn how assessors from across North America tackle the issue.
  The webinar, set for noon Central on Wednesday, Feb. 22, will be presented by Mark Chapin; Marcy Martin AAS; Terry Taylor, CAE, RES, AAS; and Greg Martino and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Appraisal Foundation accepting applications for Board of Trustees
   The Appraisal Foundation has opened up applications for the Board of Trustees. This year, there are five at-large seats the Board is looking to fill, including seats designated for a consumer representative, academic, and a state licensed or certified appraiser not affiliated with an Appraisal Sponsor of the Foundation. This Board plays a critical role in the management of The Appraisal Foundation and makes possible the work of the two independent boards responsible for writing standards and qualifications for the appraisal profession.
   The deadline for applications is March 1. Contact Boards and Councils Program Manager Arika James should you have any questions at arika@appraisalfoundation.org.
Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria
draft released
   The first exposure draft of proposed changes to the Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria has been released for public comment by The Appraisal Foundation. This exposure draft would make fair housing a required component of an appraiser's qualifying and continuing education.
   Public comments are critical to the development of new editions of the criteria, and the Appraiser Qualifications Board values all input it receives. The Appraiser Qualifications Board is now accepting all public comments until March 13. To submit a comment, click here, and the AQB will review your feedback.
   Appraiser Qualifications Board Chair Brad Swinney and Vice President of Appraisal Issues Lisa Desmarais will host a webinar to discuss the exposure draft at 1 p.m. Eastern on March 1. Register here to attend the webinar.
Topic submissions for appraisal symposium
extended to Feb. 21
     The International Property Tax Institute and IAAO will present a joint virtual Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium on June 21-22, and are soliciting program topics for the symposium.
  The theme of the virtual MAVS is “Valuing Properties in Uncertain Times,” and IPTI and IAAO are inviting potential speakers to submit topics for the program. Use the online application at https://www.iaao.org/mavs23 to submit the presenter information, topic, and a short synopsis of the proposed topic. The deadline to submit proposals has been extended to Feb. 21.
Hot topic: Building size adjustments
  IAAO Connect members are talking about documentation on approved methodologies for making building size adjustments. Read more

Rich Americans are snatching up prime real estate in other parts of the world

 While the U.S. housing market has been slowing down — thanks to elevated home prices and mortgage rates — there’s been a growing trend of wealthy American buyers investing in overseas homes, buoyed by favorable exchange rates and a strong dollar. Read more

With regulatory spotlight on bias, home appraisers worry about losing their independence

  As President Biden administration’s effort to root out bias among home appraisers marches on, those in the field worry the push could undermine their independence.
  Since the White House launched the Property Appraisal and Valuation Equity, or PAVE, Task Force in June 2021, there have been two congressional hearings on the matter and draft legislation from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the former chair of the House Financial Services Committee, that would impose federal oversight over the appraisal profession.
  Democrats no longer control the House, so the odds of legislative changes to appraisal regulation are slim, but regulators remain fixated on the issue. Read more
  Greek tax authorities are giving Airbnb-style property hosts until February 28 to update information on the Independent Authority for Public Revenue (AADE) platform in order to avoid fines for tax evasion.
   More specifically, property owners who are found in violation of related short-term rental laws will be fined with up to 5,000 euros.
   Short-term rental hosts are also required by February 28 to make any necessary changes to their submitted data as tax officials begin inspections for the 2022 tax year. Read more
The U.S. states with the highest property taxes
  In some states, houses are cheap, property tax rates are less than half of 1% and the average property tax payment is just a few hundred bucks per year.
  In the most expensive states, however, rates soar over 2%, homes are pricey and average annual property tax bills routinely creep above $5,000 and beyond.
  Using data from the Tax Foundation, GOBankingRates ranked the states with the highest property taxes in America, including the percentage rate, the average dollar amount paid and the average home value. Read more
+ Kansas City, Missouri
Assessor, International Association of Assessing Officers See more
+ Portland, Maine
Tax Assessor, City of Portland See more
+ New Orleans
Residential Appraiser Supervisor, Orleans Parish Assessor's Office See more
Residential Appraiser, Orleans Parish Assessor's Office See more
Commercial Appraiser Supervisor, Orleans Parish Assessor's Office See more
Commercial Appraiser, Orleans Parish Assessor's Office See more
+ Portland, Maine
Tax Assessor, City of Portland See more
+ Nashville, Tennessee
Commercial Appeals Appraiser, Metro Gov't of Nashville and Davidson County See more
+ Wellington, Kansas
Appraiser, Sumner County See more
+ Rochester, Minnesota
Deputy County Assessor, Olmsted County See more
+ Pittsurgh, Pennsylvania
Chief Assessment Officer, Allegheny County See more
+ Burgaw, North Carolina
Tax Administrator, Pender County See more
+ Columbus, Ohio
Deputy Appraisal Director, Franklin County Auditor's Office See more
+ Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Associate Assessor, City of Calgary See more
+ Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Associate Assessor, City of Calgary See more
Assessor, City of Calgary See more
+ Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Specialized Appraisal Manager - Assessor's Ofice, Kootenai County See more
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