Federal eviction moratorium extended as industry begs for more help >
As part of his first wave of executive orders, President Joe Biden extended the federal eviction moratorium until the end of March. The moratorium began in September under authority of the Centers for Disease Control in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. It was set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020, but was extended by Congress for an additional month. Biden’s order was called “prompt and well-intended” by industry associations, which also highlighted their concerns about the moratoriums as they do not address underlying financial distress and are still leaving households accumulating huge amounts of debt. Read more
Thousands of flats across large swathes of London have been left virtually unsellable because of a “cladding crisis” that is threatening to bring the property market to a standstill. Lenders are refusing to advance mortgages on blocks in areas that do not have the highest level of safety sign-off. However, a drastic shortage of fire professionals qualified to assess safety standards for EWS1 forms means that hundreds of buildings in London do not yet have the all clear three and a half years on from the Grenfell inferno disaster. Read more
Feat-Right.pngDespite COVID-19, December mall traffic was surprisingly high >
Traffic statistics at American malls in the early days of this year’s expanded holiday shopping season fell in step with the volume of COVID-19 cases being reported — except during gift-buying crunch time in December. According to Placer.ai, the traffic analytics company for brick-and-mortar stores, the number of mall visitors decreased just 29% in October, a month during which weekly averages of new COVID cases ranged between 50,000 and 70,000. Compared to November, traffic rose by 10 percentage points to just a 32% falloff while COVID cases shot sky-high. Read more
+ Submission deadline extended to Monday, Jan. 25
The submission deadline to submit presentation proposals for education sessions that will be offered at the 2021 Annual Conference in Chicago, set for Aug. 29 to Sept. 1, has been extended to Monday, Jan. 25. If you have experienced situations or processes that other IAAO members would benefit from, consider submitting an educational session for the conference.  We encourage you to "think outside the box" regarding innovative topics for education sessions in 2021. Information and submission link can be found at https://www.iaao.org/Chicago
+ Nominations accepted for Awards, Fellows programs
IAAO is accepting nominations through May 1 for its Awards Program and Fellows Program. 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 annually and submitted during the awards nominations period. Read more
+ Impact of COVID-19 on hotel, restaurant values Webinar is Jan. 29
IAAO will present a webinar on "The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel & Restaurant Values," on Friday, Jan. 29, and will cover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on lodging properties and restaurants. These two property types have been more affected than any other because of travel and safety restrictions. Presented by Tim Wilmath, topics will include: Prior Recessions and Expansions, COVID-19 impact projections and timelines, industry projections for COVID-19 impact on value, and suggested valuation approaches for pandemic adjustments. The program will run from noon to 1 p.m. Central Standard Time. Register here
+ IAAO Members: Discount Available on ASA's ARM designation courses
IAAO members are eligible to receive up to a 33% discount toward Appraisal Review & Management courses leading to the Appraisal Review Management (ARM) Designation offered by the American Society of Appraisers.  IAAO’s partnership with ASA is designed to augment members’ real and personal property professional development. The 33% discount can be claimed using promo code IAAO20. Course Information
+ Hot Topic: Assessing spent nuclear waste >
IAAO Connect members are discussing the assessment of nuclear waste. Read more
Employees of the Christian County, Missouri, Assessor’s Office will eventually end up working in the same spaces that once housed the county’s most wanted. The Christian County Commission recently approved Assessor Danny Gray’s budget proposal to allocate about $34,000 for the removal of three jail cells on the third floor of the 100-year-old Christian County Historic Courthouse. The renovation will give the assessor the chance to expand his office. Read more
+ Battle over Florida beach access uncovers
century-old mystery
Tucked inside the opulence of Palm Beach is a street dotted with shotgun-style cottages more reminiscent of Hemingway’s Key West than flamboyant Henry Flagler. Root Trail, a modest passage without the pomp of manicured swales, leads east to the Atlantic through a simple beach cut-through slotted between private properties. But the once obscure conduit from road to ocean is now embroiled in a century-old mystery and legal tug-of-war that could see the path padlocked forever. Read more
+ Longtime Beaufort County tax assessor to retire >
Bobby Parker thought he was just a few years away from retiring when he took on a new job as an appraiser with the Beaufort County Tax Office. He didn’t expect to stay long. Nearly 28 years later, the 84-year-old Washington native is preparing to retire as the county’s tax assessor on Dec. 31. “It’s a job that I didn’t think I would ever have,” Parker said with a smile. Parker has been with the tax office since April 15, 1993.  Prior to that, he worked for 31 years with the U.S. Geological Survey. His plan to retire after working as an appraiser for a few years changed when the tax assessor at that time retired and asked Parker to apply for his position. So he did. Read more
+ Vermont tax commission recommends using income tax for education funding >
A recommends wide-ranging reforms to make Vermont’s state taxes fairer and more resilient in a changing economy. The Vermont Tax Structure Commission proposes broadening the sales tax and expanding Vermont’s income tax base. But the topline recommendation is eliminating the homestead property tax for education and replacing it with a straightforward income tax to fund Vermont’s public schools. Property taxes contribute about two-thirds of all revenues to the state’s $1.8 billion Education Fund.  Read more
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County Assessor, Richland County See more
+ Rosenberg, Texas >
Director of Litigation, Fort Bend Central Appraisal District See more
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Lead Appraiser, Kenai Peninsula Borough See more
+ Yuma, Arizona >
Appraiser IV, Yuma County See more
+ Phoenix >
Real Property Chief Appraiser, Maricopa County See more
+ Myrtle Point, Oregon >
Sr. Profession, Valuation Lead Appraiser, CoreLogic See more
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Chief Appraiser, City of Augusta See more
+ Foothill Ranch, California >
Vice President of Operations, Associa See more
+ Avondale Estates, Georgia >
Appraiser-Tax Assessor's Office, Columbia County See more
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