House prices rise at breakneck pace, but some economists say it won't last >
Home prices continue to increase at an incredibly fast pace around the world, adding to the financial pressures home buyers face amid rising mortgage rates. The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a rush into the housing market. Cramped households sought out larger houses in the suburbs and rural areas, while at the same time, millennials are reaching their prime house-buying years. These buyers have encountered little supply of homes for sale, creating an incredibly competitive and stressful market. Until now, that’s caused house prices to rise quickly, but that could soon change. Read more
The Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) has launched its first ever manifesto for the Holyrood elections, setting out the help they believe their sector needs to get back to business. The Scottish Government announced in September that plans for a tourist tax had been put on hold due to Covid-19 and that “future consideration of the levy will take account of the changed context the industry is operating in.” Read more
As billionaire Dan Gilbert pumped billions into downtown Detroit buildings and helped spur a revival in one of America's poorest major cities, residents kept asking: "What about the neighborhoods?” The co-founder of Quicken Loans delivered a $500 million answer last week. Help is on the way, first with a $15 million fund to help pay overdue property taxes. Read more

+ Performance management in a crisis is focus of April webinar

"Performance Management in a Crisis" will be the focus of an IAAO webinar on April 16 from noon to 1 p.m. Central. The COVID-19 crisis, and now the vaccine distribution, has laid bare the challenges government faces at all levels to deliver health care. The consequences are no less dire for assessors’ offices, traditionally the largest source of local discretionary funding for schools, cities, and local government. Santa Clara County, California, has not just weathered the storm, but the office has measurably excelled. In this webinar, Santa Clara Assessor Lawrence E. Stone describes the cost accounting and performance management systems he created and has nurtured since he was first elected in 1994 as Silicon Valley's Assessor. He will also discuss how to create an employee-culture in a heavily unionized environment that embraces customer service and accountability. The webinar will offer one hour of CEU credit. Read more
+ May webinar on measuring obsolescence in personal property >
“Defining and Measuring Obsolescence in Personal Property” will be the subject of a webinar on May 14 and will discuss distinguishing personal property from real property, and the consideration of obsolescence in personal property. The webinar, from noon to 2 p.m. Central, will also continue with discussion of inutility, and specifically discusses consideration of the effects of COVID-19 on valuation of property. Both real and personal property appraisers will benefit from the information covered in this presentation. The webinar will be presented by Lisa Hobart, CAE, PPS, FIAAO, of Lisa A. Hobart, LLC, and offer two hours of CEU credit. Read more
+ Register for the 2021 Emerging Leaders’ Summit >
Registration will open soon for the 2021 Emerging Leaders’ Summit and this year’s event, “GROW into Coaching,” is a multi-part skill-building certificate program. Participants will engage in a content-rich program including three webinars (June 23, July 14, and Aug. 11) focused on leading through coaching with a growth mindset. The program will culminate in an interactive event, “Embracing Change,” in Chicago during the IAAO Annual Conference. Emphasis will be on learning the GROW coaching model. Presenting will be award-winning coach, author, educator and speaker, Judy Favor, Ph.D., who has helped countless others reach their potential for more than 25 years. Registration opens April 5.
+ Hotel reservation block open for Annual Conference in Chicago
The hotel room block at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago is now open. Members planning on attending the IAAO Annual Conference, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, may now reserve a room. A one-night deposit of room and tax is required to hold the room but can be canceled without penalty up to 48 hours before scheduled arrival. Registration for the annual conference will open later in April. More than 70 educational sessions in 10 tracks will be offered at the conference. A complete list is viewable on the conference site. Reserve a room here.
Volunteers needed for Annual Conference
IAAO is looking for volunteers to work at the IAAO Annual Conference in Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. By agreeing to volunteer eight hours, attendees qualify for a reduced conference registration rate of $395. Once you are confirmed, each volunteer will receive a volunteer coupon code to use when registering. Most of the volunteer positions at the Annual Conference are associated with the registration desk, badge scanning at entrances to sessions, and helping with coordination of offsite events. To volunteer, fill out the form or contact the Local Host Volunteer chairs, Chesney Leafblad  at cleafblad@warrenttownshipassessor.com or Tim Jorczak at tjorczak@assessor-blm.com.
+ Nominations accepted for IAAO Awards, Fellows programs
IAAO is accepting nominations for its Awards Program and Fellows Program through May 1. The Awards Program boasts numerous categories recognizing individual and organizational achievements in 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 each year and presented during the awards nominations period.  Read more
+ Hot Topic: assessment appeals procedures >
IAAO Connect members are discussing assessment appeals procedures. Read more
Riley County, Kansas, will have to refund $95,000 after the Kansas Board of Tax Appeals ruled in favor of a local Home Depot on a 2018 appraisal of the store. The decision could have effects beyond the loss of revenue to the local government. Riley County valued Home Depot at $6.44 million in 2018, and Home Depot’s representatives argued the amount should be $4.07 million, a 40-percent reduction. The board agreed with Home Depot. Read more
Struggling counties get a boost from stimulus windfall >
Thanks to the latest stimulus, every county in the country will receive money directly from the federal government, based on population. This fulfills a goal local governments have pursued since the pandemic began a year ago. “I’ve got 147 million ways to say this relief plan is going to have an impact for us,” says Larry Johnson, a commissioner in DeKalb County, Georgia. “We’re all glad to have the money go directly to our counties and not go through the state first.” Read more
As states plan for their post-pandemic futures, officials are developing budgets to ensure the economic recovery occurs quickly but without negatively impacting residents. One of the biggest ways that states expand their budgets is by increasing taxes. In a new report, WalletHub compares the three types of state tax burdens – property taxes, individual income taxes, and sales and excise taxes – as a share of total personal income to better understand the tax variation across the nation. Read more
+ Timeshare bill could cost Florida counties, cities and schools $170 million in property taxes >
After Osceola County Property Appraiser Katrina Scarborough won a major case against Wyndham timeshares upholding the way it values the company’s resorts, some Florida lawmakers now want appraisers to use a different method — a change that could cost cities, counties, and schools $170 million a year in property taxes. The proposal before the Florida Legislature is being pushed by a lobbyist for Grande Vista, a timeshare in Orlando run by Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. Read more
+ Fort Lauderdale, Florida >
Deputy Appraiser I-Residential, Broward County Propety Appraiser See more
Deputy Appraiser I-Commercial, Broward County Propety Appraiser See more
+ Daleville, Virginia >
Senior Appraiser I-Commercial/Reassessment, Wampler-Eanes Appraisal Group See more
+ Milwaukee >
Property Appraiser 3, City of Milwaukee See more
Senior Property Appraiser 1, City of Milwaukee See more
+ Charlotte, North Carolina >
Assistant Assessor-Division Director, Mecklenburg County See more
+ West Palm Beach, Florida >
Senior Commercial Appraiser, Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office See more
+ Denton, Texas >
Legal Specialist, Denton Central Appraisal District See more
+ Coeur D'Alene, Idaho >
Chief Deputy Appraiser, Kootenai County See more
+ Columbia, South Carolina >
County Assessor, Richland County See more
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