Houses in Italian cities and the countryside have always held an allure for foreign buyers. Now the pandemic is supercharging demand from well-off Americans and Britons. That’s because a range of tax incentives, relatively lower prices and the potential for working remotely has kindled their desire to buy second homes in Italy. “There’s been a dramatic change in demand,” said Knight Frank agent Bill Thomson of the real estate market in Italy. His group recorded the highest increase in interest from Britons and Americans in recent times. “As a business, we’ll have the best year we’ve had in the last 10 years,” he said. Read more
   Property tax rate reductions being proposed by New Brunswick municipalities to help homeowners and renters deal with significant assessment increases are also promising to generate tax windfalls for large government and business properties next year. Provincial rules require municipal property tax reductions to be universal and there is nothing municipal leaders can do to steer savings in any direction, even if they want to. Read more
   House prices continue to rise in Northern Ireland despite fewer properties being put on the market, a survey has found. The report by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Ulster Bank revealed that the number of properties being listed for sale fell in October, adding to existing supply issues. It comes after Ulster University found that the overall house price here has risen to £198,821 — up by more than 10% in a year. Read more
IAAO election results announced
   IAAO recently completed the election process for the Board of Directors and the following members were elected:
President-Elect - Patrick Alesandrini, CAE, RES, Tampa, Florida
Vice President - Rebecca Malmquist, CAE, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Region 1 Director - Kara Endicott, CAE, RES, Olathe, Kansas
Region 2 Director - Greg Hutchinson, Howell, New Jersey
Region 3 Director - Bobby T. Lee, Esq., AAS, Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Associate - Ryan Cavanah, CAE, Nashville, Tennessee
   Members also voted to approve amendments to the IAAO Bylaws proposed by the IAAO Governance Committee.  Read more
Mobile, cloud-based platforms focus of webinar with Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company
   IAAO Conference partner Data Cloud Solutions, a Woolpert Company, is offering an online seminar at 1 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 21, on “How Mobile and Cloud-Based Platforms Increase Accessibility, Adaptability, and Productivity for Field and Office Staff.” “If COVID-19 taught us anything, it’s that appraisal operations need the ability to adapt to changing circumstances.”
   This webinar, presented by Daniel Anderson, vice president, will discuss how your jurisdiction can increase adaptability and productivity of office and field staff, no matter the circumstances. Register here
Resident access and transparency the focus
of Tyler online seminar in January
   Tyler Technologies, an IAAO Conference partner, will be offering a webinar on “Citizen Access and Transparency” at 2 p.m. Eastern on Friday, Jan. 28. Residents have come to expect the convenience of online services — whether they are ordering groceries or shopping for a new house — and increasingly they expect government to deliver the same level of services. The pandemic has only increased this demand. Residents need online access to information and to file marriage licenses, pay taxes, etc. Access to property valuation data is now an option.
   Find out how constituents, businesses, agencies, and community organizations can benefit from easy access to high-interest property assessment data online. Not only do these services improve efficiency, but they reduce waiting times and improve resident satisfaction. Register here
March Virtual Instructor Workshop registration deadline is Dec. 31
   The registration deadline for the Virtual Instructor Evaluation Workshop (IEW) for prospective instructors interested in becoming certified to teach IAAO courses live online is Dec. 31. The Virtual IEW is an intensive three-day event taking place March 3-5, 2022, and offers potential instructors the opportunity to highlight instructional skills and abilities when delivering IAAO educational material virtually.
   Before participating in this event, IAAO recommends that potential instructors have experience in both public speaking and in managing live online sessions using a virtual platform such as Zoom.
   The Virtual IEW is open to both current and prospective IAAO instructors who have a passion for teaching and developing others in the assessing profession and want to be certified to teach IAAO courses virtually. Registrants must have completed and passed the course(s) required in the section for which they are registering, be an IAAO member in good standing, and meet the requirements for prospective instructors as outlined in the IAAO Instructor Handbook.
   For more information and to register, go to www.iaao.org/view2022 by Dec. 31. All IAAO members are welcome to apply, and we are especially looking for individuals who speak a second language. Also, IAAO offers a limited number of scholarships. If interested in applying for a scholarship, please contact Director of Professional Development Heather Moser at moser@iaao.org.
Renew your IAAO membership today
   IAAO membership dues for 2022 are now available to pay online on the IAAO website, and members who are not on an agency bill may pay on the website or return the invoice emailed to them. To pay online, log in to the IAAO website, click on “My Account,” and then select “Renew My IAAO Membership.” To pay by mail, return the invoice with payment in U.S. funds to the IAAO Lockbox address on the invoice.
Legal Seminar set for Fort Lauderdale in December
   Remaining space is limited for the IAAO Annual Legal Seminar, Dec. 2-3, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The seminar will cover legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry.
   Registration fees are $550 for members and $750 for nonmembers and the seminar will take place at The Dalmar Hotel. IAAO professional designees can earn recertification credit (up to 13.5 hours) for attending the seminar. Read more
+ Hot topic: ‘Dry cabins’
IAAO Connect members are talking about "dry cabin" valuations. Read more
   Under Fritz Kaegi’s predecessor as Cook County, Illinois, assessor, commercial properties were valued far too low, valuations varied widely among similar properties, and the property tax burden was unfairly shifted onto the owners of less expensive properties, according to a new study Kaegi commissioned from IAAO. The story was published by several news outlets, including the Chicago Tribune, Crain's Chicago Business, and Chicago's Hispanic newspaper, the Lawndale News. Read more
   Two court rulings on Tower Health’s tax-exempt status are attracting the attention of those in the health care industry as well as municipal and school district officials. Tower Health, a nonprofit, owns six hospitals in the region. Read more
   Zillow’s decision to pause its house-buying business, Zillow Offers, has led to some speculation the housing market might not be healthy. Zillow said its decision was based on a backlog of renovations, labor shortages, and other operational delays. The Seattle-based company stopped buying early in the pandemic when there was uncertainty in the market. Some analysts have suggested Zillow is again getting ready for a change in the market. Read more
   Five hundred dollars was all it took for Robert Perry Tucker II to gain an interest in an Asheville, North Carolina, house that had been owned by a Black family since 1918. Two older heirs signed deeds selling their shares of the house to a Tucker company for $250 apiece.
   With their ownership in hand, Tucker’s company used a Reconstruction-era law to force a sale of the entire property, and another Tucker company bought it at auction for $3,750. The eight heirs whose family had owned the property for a century received $445 each. The Tucker company that bought the property sold it in three months for $55,000. Read more
   New quick-commerce grocery delivery companies sweeping New York City have several things in common: they’re all app-based, their couriers primarily travel on electric bicycles and scooters, and their goal is to get customers their groceries within 20 minutes. The speed of delivery is the backbone of their business model, and they accomplish it with “dark stores,” micro-warehouses stocked goods and groceries and placed in their target neighborhoods. Each dark store serves about one square mile, on average — about an eight-minute ride from the warehouse to the edge of the delivery zone. Read more
   More affordable housing is finally coming back onto the market. More low-priced homes were put up for sale in the third quarter of 2021 than any other segment, according to the latest housing report from real estate brokerage Redfin. Homes in the “most affordable” tier, which represents homes priced below 95% of others on the market, rose by 13% compared to a year before. The affordable listings were up across the U.S., but the highest in cities across the Midwest and South. Cheaper houses are hitting the market as people who can no longer afford to pay their mortgages put their homes up for sale. Read more
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