Is it doomsday for Downtown LA’s office market?
   In 2010, Union Bank Plaza, next to the 110 freeway on the edge of Downtown Los Angeles’ financial district, had “all the characteristics investors want,” JLL broker David Doupe said at the time.
   “A strong rent roll, high credit tenancy, and long-term leases in a market with high barriers to entry.”
   How things have changed. Read more
Why analysts believe property tax relief in Texas has become a ‘legislative Vietnam’
   Texans pay some of the highest property taxes in the nation. And that was proven yet again during the past few months as many Texas homeowners were shocked upon opening their appraisals and seeing the jump not only in the value of their property, but also in their proposed taxes.
   Republican leaders made big promises before the regular session that they would lower our property taxes.
   Yet six months later, and in the middle of a second special session, and no relief is in sight. Read more
The multibillion-dollar lawsuits that could reshape how we buy and sell houses forever
   Let's say you're ready to sell your house. Trying to find a buyer and sifting through offers sounds like a nightmare, so you hire a real-estate agent.
   In exchange for their guidance, you agree to pay the agent 3% of the sale price, which they say is industry standard.
   Your agent advises you that in order to drum up sufficient interest in your home, you should also promise to cover the commission for the buyer's agent — another 3% of the sale price. Read more
Functional feminism: An apolitical guide to women’s empowerment subject of July 18 WIN call
   Women’s advocate and Florida lawyer Dana Brooks will speak at noon Central on Tuesday, July 18, during the next Women's Initiative Network conversation. As a lawyer, advocate for women, collaborator, mother, and small business mentor, Dana is one of Tallahassee’s “25 Women You Need to Know.”
   She began her career in clinical social work but felt called to advocacy and problem-solving. Join us as Dana discusses her new book, Functional Feminism: An Apolitical Guide to Women's Empowerment, released on Amazon. Conversations are free, and all are welcome. Register here.
July 26 webinar on overcoming obstacles
in rebuilding an assessment department

   A 20-year-old CAMA system, limited staff, a flood, and COVID all were obstacles faced by the Jackson County, Missouri, Assessment Department in recent years.
   Assessors have a small window of time to determine the priorities of a department, so join the IAAO webinar to learn what resources are available to help you evaluate your department and also how Jackson County managed the challenges.
   The webinar, set for noon Central on Wednesday, July 26, will be presented by Jackson County Director of Assessment Gail McCann Beatty, AAS and is eligible for 1.5 CEU hours. The cost is $55 for IAAO members and $77 for nonmembers. Register here.
Conference golf registration deadline is July 27
  July 27 is the deadline to sign up for the golf tournament at the IAAO Annual Conference. The tournament will be Sunday, Aug. 27. The Utah Chapter of IAAO is hosting the event at the Eaglewood Golf Course.
   Fees are $110 per person and separate packages including transportation and/or golf club rentals are also available. Register here.
USPAP workshop to be offered at conference
  IAAO is offering Workshop 191 on Sunday, Aug. 27, in Salt Lake City before the start of the IAAO Annual Conference.
   The workshop is a national seven-hour USPAP Update offered for continuing education for licensure and certification through The Appraisal Foundation. The workshop provides a general overview of USPAP guidelines, advisory opinions, statements, and other appraisal practices.
  Conference registration is not required, but participants must register by Aug. 9 for the workshop. The cost is $229 for members and $339 for nonmembers. The USPAP textbook is included. Register as part of conference registration or register here.
IAAO members requested to complete survey
on geospatial data infrastructure

   To help provide a better understanding of the current state of the nation's geospatial infrastructure, IAAO members are requested to fill out sections of a survey from the Coalition of Geospatial Organizations (COGO) by Aug. 1.
   IAAO has been working on the National Spatial Data Infrastructure survey with COGO, a national coalition of 13 member organizations and six advisory organizations spanning all aspects of the geospatial field. The survey will cover eight data set areas and respondents can select individual areas to answer. They may also forward the survey to others in their office to complete.
   Every few years, COGO assesses the status of the NSDI, with the intent of helping the nation move toward a more complete NSDI.
   Providing up-to-date geospatial data and decision support tools to assist governments on funding allocations, day-to-day infrastructure decisions, and help in preparation and response to natural disasters and other emergencies. Complete survey here.
Check out IAAO’s Industry Service Partners webpage
   IAAO has established a new Strategic Business Partner Program for year-round engagement of members and the business community and current partners are listed on a new Industry Service Partners webpage.
   IAAO Strategic Business Partners are companies that have made a commitment in support of IAAO and assessment jurisdictions. These companies are dedicated to the mass appraisal community, and offer programs, products, and services that can help your jurisdiction run effectively and efficiently.
   The Industry Service Provider webpage can be used as a source for companies providing the resources needed to administer property tax.  For more information about the program contact Leann Ritter at ritter@iaao.org or call 816-701-8161.
Hot topic: movie theaters
   IAAO Connect members are talking about gathering information on sales and lease data for movie theaters. Read more
The Appraisal Foundation seeking candidates
for its Board of Trustees

   The Appraisal Foundation is seeking qualified candidates to fill two public interest positions on its Board of Trustees. One is open to anyone with an interest in valuation to fill the remainder of a term ending Dec. 31, 2025. The second position, with a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2024, is reserved for an individual whose principal profession is in academia.
   Completed applications for Board vacancies must be received by Aug. 1. Please contact Board and Councils Program Manager Arika Cole at 202-624-3072 or via email at arika@appraisalfoundation.org with any questions about the application process. Apply here.
    Applications to join the ASB and AQB, the Foundation's two technical boards, are also now open. These boards are responsible for maintaining the standards and qualifications, respectively, to ensure they build public trust and advance the valuation profession. The deadline to apply to join these boards is Aug. 1, 2023. Click here to apply.
Minimum wage workers cant afford
a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the U.S.

   Housing affordability, especially among U.S. workers earning minimum wage, continues to be a crisis, according to a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).   
   The report states that nowhere in the country can those earning minimum wage afford a “modest two-bedroom rental home at fair market rent by working a standard 40-hour work week.” Read more
All of RICS’ professional standards board resign
   The entire board responsible for setting and policing professional standards within the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) resigned.
   In a statement both on its website and within an email to members, the organisation’s President Ann Gray wrote that the Chair of the RICS Standards and Regulation Board (SRB), Dame Janet Paraskeva, along with all its members, tendered their resignations. Read more

U.S. housing market defying crash expectations
as supply shortage keeps prices high
   The U.S. housing market is defying expectations of a crash this year as limited inventory and high demand keep prices high. That is according to Fannie Mae economists, who predicted in a revised forecast that home prices will fall at a slower rate than previously anticipated later this year.
   The government-backed mortgage giant estimated that home prices will only decline by 1.2% in 2023 and 2.2% the following year – a marked improvement from February, when it predicted that prices would tumble 4.2% this year and another 2.3% in 2023. Read more
Record number of Coloradans protest soaring property tax valuations
Tens of thousands of Coloradans are protesting soaring property valuations that threaten to take out a lot more from people's pockets than in previous tax years. The sharp rise in protests also means a significant increase in the workload for county assessors and their staffers and, later, for county commissioners and district courts that ultimately have the final say on how much tax liability each property owner faces. Read more
New law requires Maine towns to return excess proceeds from tax foreclosures
   A new law could allow the owners of properties that are sold during tax foreclosures to receive some extra money back
   Maine is one of a dozen states where municipalities are not required to return any excess proceeds to most owners after a property has been sold through a tax lien foreclosure. Read more
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