Chinese President Xi Jinping’s new policy goal of “common prosperity” is the subject of keen interest and vigorous debate. The Chinese government has imposed sweeping regulations on Big Tech platforms, private education, the gaming industry, and media entertainers under the slogan of “adjusting excessive income.” Now, attention is focusing on whether the Chinese government will target the real estate market, the nexus of inequality in the country. Chinese authorities have placed a 5 percent cap on rent hikes and taken measures aimed at tamping down the demand for homes in good school districts, known as “xuequfang” in China. But many experts think the litmus test for Xi’s common prosperity is whether China will impose inheritance and property taxes. Read more
Google pays over
$2 billion for New York City office building
Internet search giant Google is buying the St. John’s Terminal building in Manhattan’s Hudson Square for $2.1 billion, the company announced on Tuesday morning. During the pandemic, Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others called for their people to work from home. However, with recent announcements regarding the purchase, leasing and building of offices by Facebook, Amazon, and Alphabet, we can't take the “everyone is going to work-from-home” trend as a done deal. Read more
Bostons famous 10-foot-wide ‘Skinny House’ sells for $1.25 million
Boston's famous ‘skinny house’ built amid a Civil War-era family feud has sold after roughly a month on the market for $1.25 million. The single-family home is only 10 feet wide and 30 feet long with 1,165 square feet of space spanning four floors – and a roof deck with views of the Boston Harbor – all on 0.03 acres. Read more
Proposed Bylaws changes, candidates on ballot
Several changes to the IAAO Bylaws have been approved for the ballot in November, including: (1) a change to the Association’s mission, (2) updating the professional conduct rules, and (3) establishing the President-Elect as Treasurer in addition to serving as Chair of the Finance Committee. Elections take place Nov. 1-15, via email, and regular members will vote on candidates for President-Elect, Vice President, and Region representatives, along with whether to approve the proposed changes to the Bylaws. Associate members will vote only on the candidates for the Associate Board member. The proposed Bylaws are available to download in a clean version to review, along with a marked-up version showing highlighted additions and strikethroughs indicating removed text. The ballot will ask members to approve the revised document in its entirety. Read more
2021 Conference session PDFs, CE Forms, and photos now available to view
Copies of the speaker presentations from most sessions from the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference are now available to registered attendees to download from the Research Exchange website. In addition, updated Uniform Request for Recertification Credit form reflecting session additions and cancellations for the 2021 IAAO Annual Conference is available to download from the IAAO website. Total continuing hours have been posted for onsite attendees, and after Sept. 30 for virtual attendees. There is also a gallery of photos from the three-day conference. Photos are available to buy online from the photographer. Read more
Workshop 411 on healthy workplace incorporates DEI components
IAAO Workshop 411, Building a Healthy Workplace Culture, examines how each of us affects our work environment. Ideally, our workplace is one where we feel physically and psychologically safe to perform at our best. Workshop 411 identifies situations that negatively impact a workplace, as well as positive strategies we can take to create the healthy work environment we all need. The workshop also covers federal and state laws providing protection against harassment and discrimination. The workshop is free for members and $119 for nonmembers. IAAO is also looking at expanding training surrounding diversity, equality, and inclusion and to gauge interest please answer the two-question, 30-second survey through the link below.
Limited seats left for Mass Appraisal Practices and Procedures course in October – register today
A limited number of seats remain, and registration closes soon, for Course 331 (Mass Appraisal Practices and Procedures) which will be offered live online beginning Oct. 4. The course is designed to build on the subjects covered in Course 300 and prepares students to take the more advanced mass appraisal courses. The course teaches the student how to analyze and apply data and much of the emphasis will be on data accumulation and analysis, primarily directed toward the cost approach. Students also learn how to use the graphing and analysis tools within Excel for ratio studies in addition to supporting existing cost schedules or building new ones. The course involves four days of virtual classroom instruction and a final exam. More information
December Legal Seminar CLE deadline is Oct. 1
The IAAO Annual Legal Seminar is Dec. 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and IAAO will seek approval for continuing education credits for states that are requested by Oct. 1. The seminar will cover legal topics of interest to members of the assessment and property tax industry. Registration fees are $500 for members and $700 for nonmembers until Nov. 1 and then increase to $550 and $750. The seminar will take place at The Dalmar Hotel and attendees may reserve by Nov. 1 for $195 per room, based on availability. IAAO professional designees can earn recertification credit (13.5 hours) for attending the seminar. Read more
Effective leader workshop in November
The Emotionally Effective Leader Workshop is moving to November to allow additional members to participate. Originally set for September, the workshop will now take place Nov. 3, 4, 17, and 18. The programs will run from noon to 4 p.m. Central, and registration is now open. The program topic will be "Building Diversity, Equity and Inclusion From a Foundation of Emotional Intelligence." The workshop provides attendees with a deeper understanding of Emotional Intelligence as well as a key set of tools to be the well-rounded leader. The cost to register is $225 for IAAO members and $365 for nonmembers. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 15. More information
IAAO Connect members are talking about the various advantages and disadvantages between being an elected assessor vs. being appointed. Read more
U.S. homeowners enjoying historic gains in the value of their property will likely face a hit next year through a higher tax bill. Property taxes – up the most in 15 years in 2020, according to recently released Labor Department data – will likely see even sharper jumps this year. The median price of previously-owned, single-family houses set new highs last year, and have climbed even more in 2021, which could haunt homeowners when the bills come due. Read more
The head of the Cook County wastewater treatment board announced Monday she hopes to oust Assessor Fritz Kaegi, pledging to bring stability to the property tax assessment office. Kari Steele, the president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, launched her Democratic primary challenge to the county assessor in a video released Monday, arguing that Kaegi has “been long on promises but short on results.” Read more
Former U.S. President Donald Trump paid just $700 in property taxes last year for the 119-acre portion of his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club that’s registered as a working farm. The trick? Trump occasionally invites goats to chow down on the chunk of New Jersey he bought in 2002. Read more
Harvey Oreck owns a house on the East Side of Vancouver. The residence at 3422 Triumph Street has a 2021 assessment of $2,899,000, with $1,602,000 for the land and $1,297,000 for the structure. For Oreck, this was not high enough. The owner believes his property is worth much more. Oreck thinks his house should have an assessment of $3,975,000, $1,076,000 more than its official assessment. And so, Oreck asked the provincial Property Assessment Appeal Board (PAAB) to increase the assessment of his house to $3,975,000. Read more

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