Empty office buildings won’t be the solution to the U.S. housing shortage
   A cocktail of headwinds has kept housing unaffordable for many Americans, but the increasing number of empty offices is unlikely to bring any meaningful relief to the supply-starved market.
   The pandemic ushered in a new era of remote work, and it's caused a structural decline in office demand that is set to worsen in the years ahead, Goldman Sachs said.
   Real estate experts have theorized that office-to-residential conversions could be a promising solution to the supply problem, but strategists at the bank caution that would be neither simple nor cheap. Read more
These cities are the best hidden gems with real estate under $300,000, according to Opendoor
   Opendoor just released its list of the hottest ZIP codes and hidden gems from 2023, and cities in the South and Southeast got lots of love.
   Despite a market that many consider to be overpriced with outrageous interest rates according to the real estate platform, nearly 4 million houses were bought last year, and 20 neighborhoods in particular stood out for selling property the fastest.  
   Almost half are in Texas with Houston suburb Cypress, Texas, jumping to first place, while the rest are in Florida, the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma. Read more
Property tax refunds when cities ignore ‘public nuisances’ heads to Arizona ballot
   The Arizona Legislature passed a ballot measure that would allow property owners to apply for property tax refunds if their local governments don't address illegal camping, panhandling, or "public nuisances.”
   It passed the House and Senate on party line votes. Democratic Sen. Priya Sundareshan opposed the bill, saying it would take away critical funding for cities.
   ... And so I'm so confused why we're rushing to, in essence, defund the police when I know my colleagues on the other side have a problem with that, she said.
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Register for GIS/Val Tech, April in Charlotte
   Register now for the 2024 GIS/Valuation Technologies Conference, April 8-11 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The conference, co-hosted by IAAO and URISA, is focused on using technology to improve the property tax assessment process.
   Three program tracks with multiple sessions in each: GIS Technologies, Leadership, and Modeling & Valuation will be offered. Additional optional workshops have been set up this year and the pre- and post-conference workshops will provide deep dives into many important topics. See the GIS webpage for more information.
Conference registration opens in April, hotel block now available
   Registration for the 2024 IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 25-28 in Denver, will open in April, and members planning on attending can now reserve a hotel room.
   The conference headquarters is the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. The conference hotel room rate is $239, and rooms are available online. The cutoff date to reserve a hotel room in the conference block is July 31.
   More than 60 sessions are expected to be offered at the conference. Session titles, times, and speakers will be available on the 2024 Conference Education Sessions page released later in the spring. Attendees should have the opportunity to earn 10 or more credit hours.
IAAO offering CAE courses online for Fast Track completion
   IAAO has set up live online courses to allow students to complete the Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation education requirements in a year. Between the live online classes and self-study options, students will have opportunities to take all classes required to earn the designation.
   The CAE requires courses 101, 102, 112, 311, 400 and workshops 151 and 171. Courses 101, 102, and Workshop 171 are now self-study courses, and dates for the live online courses have been released.
   Start the process now and get on the fast track to a CAE designation! See www.iaao.org/fasttrack for course dates and information.
IAAO awards program nominations and submissions are open
   IAAO is accepting award nominations through May 1. The IAAO Awards Program celebrates achievements by individuals and organizations in the valuation profession. All IAAO members and affiliated organizations are eligible to submit nominations.
   Winners will be announced at the IAAO Annual Conference in Denver. The submission deadline is May 1. For more information on how to submit a submission, see the March issue of Fair+Equitable magazine or go to www.iaao.org/awards.
The Fellows Council of IAAO is asking for nominations
   The Council is seeking nominations for individuals who have distinguished themselves and made a significant contribution to the organization. The Council is looking for members with at least 10 years of IAAO membership and at least 15 years of experience in the assessment profession.
   The IAAO Fellows title recognizes individual IAAO members who have dedicated their careers to the development of the profession and have made exceptional contributions to IAAO and the assessment industry.
   Submit your nominee using the IAAO Fellows Nomination form on the IAAO website by May 1.
March is Membership Madness
   Refer a new member in March and you and that new member will be entered into the IAAO Membership Madness bracket for the chance to receive one free IAAO Self-Study Course and a bundle of IAAO swag.
   IAAO Membership Madness bracket entries are reserved for the first 32 IAAO members who refer a new member, as well as the new member they refer, between March 1 and March 31. Matchups will be decided by coin flip and will be revealed on YouTube and Facebook Live at 10 a.m. Central on Monday, April 8.
   For current members to be eligible, the new member must include the current IAAO member’s name on their application. One entry per IAAO member. To refer a member, have the new member include your name on the membership application, available online.  
Mobile technology focus of Data Cloud’s March 20 webinar
   The demand for enhanced data collection tools and heightened data quality is becoming increasingly critical to all aspects of appraisal operations and Data Cloud Solutions, an IAAO Strategic Partner, will be reviewing it during a webinar, “Enhancing Every Facet of Your Appraisal Operation through Mobile Technology,” at 1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, March 20.
   A well-designed and fully integrated mobile solution not only increases productivity but greatly improves data quality resulting in more consistent and predictable values leading to fewer appeals.
   In this session, Daniel Anderson, Founder of DCS, will be leading a discussion on how mobile technology has improved not only productivity for field staff but also improved overall operational efficiency while lowering costs for hundreds of jurisdictions across North America.
   Topics will include optimized travel routing, instant photo association, sketching, GIS maps and integrations, workflow management, data validation and quality control, field location tracking, and reporting. Register here.
Hot topic: training for grade vs. condition
   IAAO Connect members are discussing training tools for reinforcing the differences between grade and condition for field appraisers. Read more
Check out the requests for proposals on Connect
• Broward County Property Appraisers Office Sketching Program
• Marion County, Indiana Request for Information (RFI) for Property Tax Software Solutions. Read more
A big shift awaits the housing market: 9 million boomers to sell their homes by 2035
   There will be 9.2 million fewer baby boomer homeowner households by 2035, according to a recent analysis published by Freddie Mac.
   While economists at Freddie Mac estimate that the number of baby boomer homeowner households will decline from 32 million in 2022 to 23 million by 2035, they don’t anticipate this picking up steam for a few more years. They say what some have called a “silver tsunami” will really be more of a “gradual reduction.” Read more
Louisiana governor makes it easier for companies
to get tax breaks that take money away
from cash-strapped schools
   Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry signed an executive order on Feb. 21 removing school boards’ veto power over corporate property tax breaks that take money away from schools.
   It also did away with a requirement that projects granted the tax breaks create jobs and retain jobs.
   Now, companies that apply for Louisiana’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program, which can grant property tax breaks of 80% over 10 years, will go to a local industrial board, then a state industrial board, for approval. If the local and state boards disagree on whether to grant a tax break, the governor will be the tiebreaker. Read more
Amid Australia’s housing crisis, why are taxpayers propping up the price of empty holiday homes?
   Debate is once again raging about the role vacant homes and short-stay rentals play in pushing up the cost of housing. Much of the commentary about the issue has missed the point, treating it as an isolated problem.
   But the sheer number of holiday homes and short-stay rentals across Australia are a symptom of a housing system that’s unfair at its core. Read more

Missouri’s senior property tax freeze could affect schools, local entities
   If Boone County voters approve a senior property tax freeze on the ballot April 2, schools and other local taxing entities could see a drop in revenue.
   The loss of those funds could affect the ability of cities to pay for basic items, such as police salaries. For school districts, the result could mean less money for teachers, several local government leaders reported. Read more
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