Congress introduces bill to block hedge funds from buying single-family homes
   Earlier this month, in response to the growing U.S. housing affordability crisis, Democratic lawmakers from both houses of Congress introduced bills that, if passed, would ban hedge funds from buying single-family housing market, reports Chris Clow of HousingWire.
   They would also be required to sell off all single-family homes they’ve owned over a decade.
   Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon introduced the “End Hedge Fund Control of American Homes Act of 2023” to the Senate. Rep. Adam Smith of Washington introduced the House version. Read more
‘Silver tsunami’ could reshape the housing market for years
   The U.S. housing market was plagued by high mortgage rates and low inventory in 2023.
   Meredith Whitney LLC Founder Meredith Whitney, who gained notoriety for predicting the 2008 financial crisis, says there will be two demographic trends impacting housing in the coming years.
   One is the fact that over the next few years, baby boomers will be turning 65.  
   Whitney argues many of these boomers will be looking to downsize, freeing up some housing inventory. It's a trend Whitney expects to start in the latter part of 2024 and continue for the next several years. Read more
Texas property taxes
   Greg Abbott's $18 billion property tax relief package for Texas homeowners and businesses came into force on Monday, despite backlash from residents who complained about the cuts not being enough to match the high tax burden they carry.
   The historic bill, the Property Tax Relief Act, was overwhelmingly approved on the Nov. 7 ballot by Texas voters and then signed into law by Abbott.
   But while the Texas governor celebrated the measure as the “largest property tax cut in Texas history,” his jubilant post on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, was filled with angry comments from Texas residents. Read more
IAAO accepting topic proposals for the 2024 Annual Conference
   IAAO is accepting presentation proposals for the 2024 Annual Conference.
   The is deadline is Jan. 31 to submit proposals for the education sessions offered at the 2024 Annual Conference, set for Aug. 25-28 in Denver.
   If you have experienced situations or processes that could benefit other IAAO members, please consider submitting an educational session for the conference. Sessions that provide unique experiences are encouraged. The 2023 post-conference survey respondents asked that presentation areas include:
  •  Leadership and management
  •  GIS
  •  AI
  •  Complex commercial property, special use property, and personal property.
   The Call for Presentations page is now open at www.iaao/Denver24. Information on submission guidelines is also online.
IAAO members asked to ratify bylaw updates
   The IAAO Board of Directors is requesting the membership ratify additions to the IAAO bylaws.
   The proposed bylaw amendments are primarily procedural in nature but impact the ability of the board to establish councils and affinity groups.
   The election will take place starting in late January. Any updates to IAAO bylaws must be voted on by IAAO members.
   At its November meeting, the directors reviewed potential amendments, and then in a special meeting in December approved submitting to a member vote the following additions to the IAAO bylaws.
  • Section 9.4. Councils: The Board of Directors may establish councils. The Board of    Directors shall determine the scope of the council, its organization, its responsibility, and its specific charge.
  • Section 9.5. Affinity Groups: The Board of Directors may establish affinity groups. An Affinity Group is a voluntary membership group that is based on a shared experience, common goal/purpose, and/or special interest.
IPTI, IAAO seeking session topic proposals
for virtual appraisal symposium
   The International Property Tax Institute and the International Association of Assessing Officers will present a joint (virtual) Mass Appraisal Valuation Symposium (MAVS 2024) on June 26-27, 2024, and are soliciting program topics for the symposium.
   The theme of the virtual MAVS is “Challenges and Opportunities,” and IPTI and IAAO are inviting potential speakers to let us know if you would like to be included in the program.
   Use the online application at www.iaao.org/mavspresent24 to submit the presenter information, topic, and a short synopsis of the proposed topic. The deadline to submit topic proposals is Feb. 2.
Early registration open for GIS/Val Tech until Feb. 12
   Registration is open for the 2024 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 8-11 at the Le Meridien/Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. Early bird registration will continue through Feb. 12.
   Additional workshops have been set up this year and the optional pre- and post-conference workshops will provide deep dives into many important topics.
   The GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference for professionals in property assessment, tax administration, mapping, and information technology has been the favorite annual event for assessors and GIS professionals who use technology to make property assessment and tax administration more accurate and efficient for a quarter of a century.
   See the GIS page for more info.
Using AI in property assessment workflows subject of Jan. 11 Nearmap webinar
   The application of artificial intelligence for change detection has revolutionized property assessment, enabling assessors to efficiently identify changes in the built environment, will be the focus of a Jan. 11 webinar by Nearmap.
   The webinar will review how with AI and up-to-date imagery, you can create solutions that save time, money and resources that help your team identify and manage changes.
   With solutions such as change detection, you can create repeatable processes and workflows that enlighten and expand the possibilities of your department.
   The webinar, “Leveraging AI for Change Detection and Machine Learning in Property Assessment Workflows,” will be offered by Nearmap, an IAAO Strategic Partner, at 10 a.m. Central on Thursday, Jan. 11. Register here.
Tyler Jan. 17 webinar: Enhancing assessment operations and recovering revenues
   Tyler Technologies is offering a webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 17, to explore the industry landscape and note specific examples of how clients are relying on Tyler solutions and services to enhance the functions of their assessment offices and recover revenues to support constituents.
   The webinar, “How to Enhance Assessment Operations and Recover Revenues,” will be offered by Tyler, an IAAO Strategic Partner, from noon to 1 p.m. Central. Register here.
   For questions or information regarding strategic partnerships, please contact Leann Ritter at ritter@iaao.org.
Interested in an IAAO designation? Attend the
Feb. 15 Zoom chat
   If you are interested in an IAAO designation, Professional Development Committee members are continuing to offer Zoom chats on the second Thursday of every other month to answer questions and share experiences about earning a designation.
   The next chat is Thursday, Feb. 15, and will be a discussion on earning an IAAO designation. Current designees will be available to answer your questions. There is no charge, and you can register here.    
   Future chats will focus on CAE and RES designations, the MAS and AAS designations, and the CMS and PPS designations. Additional chat dates and links to register are on the designation discourse page.
Eagleview to host Jan. 31 webinar on uncovering lost revenue and boosting accuracy
    Take a deep dive into the significance of sketch verification for property assessors during a webinar by Eagleview on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
   By integrating sketch verification into regular assessment practices, assessors can recapture missed tax dollars and streamline their review processes, ensuring no change goes unnoticed. Sign up to explore how staying proactive with sketch verification can seal the cracks, bolstering both efficiency and revenue for local governments.
    The webinar, “Sketch Verification: The Key to Uncovering Lost Revenue and Boosting Assessment Accuracy,” will be offered by Eagleview an IAAO Strategic Partner from noon-1 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Register here.
Hot topic: residential additions
   IAAO Connect members are are discussing what constitutes a significant/substantial “attachment” of an addition to residential structures. Read more
Fulton County homeowners push back against corporate property tax breaks
   The Fulton County (Georgia) Board of Assessors is stuck in a rare stalemate on whether or not to grant millions in property tax incentives for several major corporations.
   “For the first time ever, the Board of Assessors has not been able to rubber stamp it. They haven’t got the votes,” fair property value advocate Julian Bene said.
   Bene is applauding the Fulton County Board of Assessors for the 2:2 vote that stalled the approval of a $32 million tax incentive for a local data center being built at the Tilford Yard.
   “If that $32 million was paid by that entity, there would be relief on the homeowners,” said Lee Morris, one of the two Fulton County Board of Assessors members who voted against the recent tax breaks. Read more
San Diego County assessor’s office wins award
for its title fraud protection program
   The San Diego County Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk (ARCC) Office has been honored with an award for providing a free real estate fraud notification service that protects San Diego County property owners against title theft.
   The award, presented by the Center for Digital Government, recognized ARCC’s “Owner Alert,” a free service that is available to any San Diego County property owner. Read more
Judge declines to dismiss San Francisco housing vacancy tax lawsuit
   The San Francisco City Attorney’s Office will have to go to court this year to defend a voter-approved tax on vacant homes, a judge recently ruled.
   Prop. M, also known as The Empty Homes Tax, was approved by 54.5% of San Francisco voters in 2022, but it immediately faced a legal challenge from a group of property owners who argue that the measure violates their constitutional rights to keep properties vacant.
   The opponents of the new tax, who include the San Francisco Apartment Association and the San Francisco Association of Realtors, have since been engaged in a year-long back-and-forth with the City Attorney’s Office. Read more

Where townhomes and condos will deliver
the biggest discounts for first-time homebuyers
   The monthly cost to own a home — especially for those who haven’t built equity by owning a house already — has never been higher, and has caused many wannabe first-time homebuyers to throw in the towel.
   But there is hope. For many newbies, it might just be a matter of making a shift toward something they can better afford—like a condo or townhome.
   These lower-cost homes have historically been a stepping-stone for buyers looking for a less expensive alternative to a single-family home. And now is no different. Read more
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