The Silver Tsunami: Which areas will be flooded with houses once baby boomers start leaving them? >
The massive baby boomer generation has already begun aging into retirement, and will begin passing away in large numbers in coming decades — releasing a flood of currently owner-occupied houses that could hit the market. That could help end the last few years’ inventory drought, as well as a more fundamental shortage of houses in certain places. Read more
Homeowners could use a sales or appraisal price to determine their taxable property value if they disagree with the county’s assessment under a bill introduced Monday. The bill is intended to prevent counties from assessing properties higher than their actual value in order to collect more money from new construction, Republican Rep. Mike Moyle said. “What I was trying to do is find a way to force the assessor to use an appraisal or a sale that’s taken place … versus them coming up with a number out of thin air ...” he said. Read more
Urban farms have dotted the county for years, just not in the numbers that can fill every plate. For years, farming advocates have touted ways to boost their numbers, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Two cities, San Diego in 2017 and Chula Vista in 2018, have tried one method: establishing urban farm incentive zones where landowners who dedicate vacant lots to farming can receive property tax breaks. And because food deserts aren't found only in cities, the county wants to offer the same perk in unincorporated areas. Read more
+ Academic Partnership Program deadline extended >
The deadline to submit for the IAAO Academic Partnership Program has been extended to Feb. 28. The program provides financial support for students and faculty to complete research in areas related to property appraisal, assessment administration, and property tax policy. Submission of a satisfactory report for publication by the editor of any IAAO publication and presentation at an IAAO conference is required. Graduate and postgraduate students and faculty at accredited colleges/universities are eligible and funding for each approved project will be between $2,500 and $5,000. Read more

+ Nominations accepted for Awards, Fellows program >
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

+ February webinar on Graphs and Assessment >
IAAO Director of Strategic Initiatives Larry Clark will lead the Feb. 26 webinar on How to Use and Interpret Graphs in Assessment, a presentation on the use of graphs in appraisal analysis. He will walk webinar participants through using graphs in Excel, reviewing how to use them, and also how to interpret them. He will also review the process of selecting graphs that work best in different situations by using a sales example and showing how different graphs present different results. Read more

+ Registration for Prep & Trial Seminar now open >
Registration is now open for the 2020 Preparation and Trial of the Property Tax Appeal Seminar, June 18-19 in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University at Cartwright Hall. For the first time, the mock trial will feature a case involving a big-box store. Will Shepherd, legal counsel for the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's Office, and Peter Korpacz, President of Korpacz Realty Advisors, Inc., are assisting in adapting the case for the mock trial. Shepherd was the lawyer who argued the original case, and Korpacz was an expert witness. Read more

IAAO Connect Corner
+ Hot Topic: Residential solar panel valuation >
IAAO Connect members are currently discussing how states appraise residential and commercial solar panels. Read more
+ As Michigan real estate values rebound, property tax revenues continue to lag >
After a rough decade for real-estate values, property assessments in Michigan communities such as Troy, Wyoming, and Portage are finally above pre-recession levels. But the property tax revenues are not. Read more
Apartment rents have risen steadily across the country and while most people know that the cities with the most expensive rents include markets in the Bay Area and New York City, those markets did not see the largest growth on a percentage basis in the past decade. Using data from Zillow, PropertyClub measured the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. and found the greatest percentage difference in median rents from 2010 to 2019. Read more
With consumers turning in larger numbers to home delivery of groceries, the food and beverage sector has begun to take a greater portion of big box industrial leases. In fact, this activity is eating into the dominance that e-commerce has held in this space in recent history. Read more
Being savvy about cybersecurity doesn’t mean just knowing the big trends. You also need to stay on top of new tricks and tactics that hackers are using to target people and organizations. Study up on these three emerging threats so you can stay ahead of attempted cyberattacks. Read more
A bill in the Hawaii state Legislature calls for a constitutional amendment that would give the state Board of Education new tax powers to help pay teacher salaries. The bill proposed by Democratic House Speaker Scott Saiki would give the education board real property tax authority concurrent with Hawaii’s four counties, which would retain their own real property tax authority. Read more
+ Minot, North Dakota >
City Assessor, City of Minot See more
+ Red Deer, Alberta, Canada >
Senior Property Assessor/Analyst, The City of Red Deer See more
+ The Dalles, Oregon >
Chief Appraiser, Wasco County See more
+ Charlotte, North Carolina >
Senior Appraiser, Mecklenburg County Government See more
+ Albuquerque, New Mexico >
Valuation Relief Manager, Bernalillo County See more
+ Fairbanks, Alaska >
Borough Assessor, Fairbanks North Star Borough See more
+ Nashua, New Hampshire >
Chief Assessor, City of Nashua See more
+ Charleston, West Virginia >
Tax and Revenue Director, the West Virginia State Tax Department See more
+ Florence, Arizona >
CAMA Specialist, Pinal County See more
+ Salisbury, North Carolina >
County Assessor, Rowan County See more
+ Roanoke, Virginia >
Senior Appraiser-Commercial See more
+ Leesburg, Virginia >
Real Estate Appraiser, Loudon County Government See more
+ Bloomington, Illinois
Residential Appraiser, City of Bloomington Township See more
+ Philadelphia
Chief Assessment Officer, City of Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment See more
+ Orlando, Florida
Commercial Real Estate Appraiser Analyst I, Orange County Assessor's Office See more
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