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Education / Events

  • Dates, locations & instructors are subject to change.
  • Interested attendees are encouraged to register early as we reserve the right to cancel any program due to low attendance.
  • For information on the new AQB (Appraiser Qualifications Board) Requirements that went into effect on January 1, 2008 visit
March 2017
California Chapter of ASFMRA - Outlook 2017
27 - 30
Location: Doubletree Hotel Convention Center, Fresno

The California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers is gearing up for its premiere Agribusiness Conference and release of 2017 Trends in Ag Land & Lease Values.

  • The State of Affairs in Washington DC and the Impact on the West and Rural America
  • The State of Water and Agriculture - Opportunities and Challenges in California
  • The State of the Dairy Industry
  • The State of the Almond Industry
  • The State of Pistachios, Pecans and Walnuts - Supply and Demand Trends
  • 2017 Trends in Agricultural Land & Lease Values
  • Financial Aspects of Agriculture
  • Leadership in Agriculture
  • The Appraisal of Permanent Plantings
  • Spring Ag Tour (almost SOLD OUT)
  • Outlook 2017 Agribusiness

For questions or more information about this ASFMRA sponsored offering contact (209) 368-3672 or

Course: Review Theory - General
27 - 31
Location: University of Phoenix, Oakland

Instructor(s): Stephanie Coleman, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

Review Theory—General is the fundamental review course that all reviewers should have in their education background. It is a required course for individuals pursuing the Appraisal Institute General Review Designation.* Participants embark on an in-depth journey of the seven steps that are outlined through the review process, which is at the core of this course. To be a reviewer, an appraiser must learn how to develop opinions of completeness, accuracy, adequacy, relevance, and reasonableness relative to the work under review. These opinions must be refined through tests of reasonableness in order to develop opinions of appropriateness and credibility. By taking this course, participants may gain invaluable confidence on the fundamentals of review.

Go GREEN and SAVE $15 on the tuition fees listed below
Simply select the DOWNLOAD ONLY version of materials at time of initial online registration
Note: Hardcopy materials will not be available when selecting the "download only" option

AI Designated Members and Candidates for Designation - $800
Standard / Non-AI Designated or Candidate - $1,100

ASA Northern California Chapter presents Valuation of Wineries
Location: Frank Rimerman + Co and Alpha Omega Winery, St. Helena

Join the ASA NorCal Chapter for a half-day multi-discipline seminar on the valuation of wineries in the offices of Frank Rimerman + Co. with presentations by Machinery & Technical Specialties appraisers, Business Valuation appraisers, and Real Property appraisers.  After lunch there will be a tour of Alpha Omega Winery's newly installed crushing pad and other winery equipment followed by a wine tasting.  Form more information about this ASA sponsored offering contact Ramiro Campos-Sanchez, ASA at

Silicon Valley Branch Chapter Workshop and Networking Social: "Understanding Legal Parcels and Descriptions - So What Makes it Legal?”
Location: Adobe Systems, Inc., San Jose

California not only maintains the most complex and far-reaching land regulations in the nation: it is also the only one of 50 states that has state-mandated land use regulations and procedures, which are in addition to local county, city and other regulatory ordinances.

There is widespread confusion regarding what constitutes a legal parcel. While California’s Subdivision Map Act provides a legal framework, it’s not so simple to navigate the SMA’s complexities.  This presentation will inform attendees’ understanding of significant considerations pertaining to legal parcels, which are a critically important element in real property appraisals and Market Value.  

In this 3 hour workshop, a prominent San Jose land use attorney will team with an appraiser who brings more than 4 decades of experience in land valuation to offer an engaging review of all you need to know about legal parcels, legal subdivisions, legal descriptions, and related issues.

  • History of Land Ownership in the U.S. and California
  • What is PLSS?  Lot & Block? Metes and Bounds?
  • Tract Map vs. Parcel Map vs. Record of Survey
  • The difference between and Assessor's Parcels and Legal Parcels
  • Significant elements of California's Subdivision Map Act
  • About legal non-conforming parcels and merger provisions
  • Units of lengths (rods, chains, links, varas)
  • How to read legal descriptions
  • How curves are legally described
  • How to draw a legal description
  • Useful computer programs

Barton G. Hechtman, Esq. - Partner, Matteoni, O’Laughlin & Hechtman
Neil A. Lefmann, MAI, SRA - Senior Appraiser, Valbridge Property Advisors

BEST VALUE RATE: Register by April 14 and Save up to $25!
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $50
Standard / Non-AI - $60

Register after 4/14
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $65
Standard / Non-AI - $75

2017 Spring Litigation Conference
Location: Filoli Gardens, Woodside

One of our most sought after award-winning conferences returns to the historic and beautiful grounds of Filoli again in 2017. 

  • How to Be an Effective Expert Witness
  • High Speed Rail Eminent Domain Issues You May Have Overlooked: "Did Ya Think About . . . ?"
  • Don't Get Eliminated by In Limine.  Just What are those "Motions" to Exclude YOU?
  • Real Estate Damage Economics and Diminution in Value Issues
  • Legal Bites

Presenters include
Randall Bell, PhD - Real Estate Damage Economics, LLC
Joseph A. Rice, Ph.D - Jury Research Institute
Mark Wasser, Esq. -
Law Offices of Mark A. Wasser
Norman C. Hulberg, MAI - Senior Managing Director, Valbridge Property Advisors
David W. Skinner, Esq. - Meyers l Nave
Norman E. Matteoni, Esq. - Matteoni O’Laughlin & Hechtman
Walter D. Carney, MAI - Senior Managing Director, Valbridge Property Advisors
F. Gale Connor - Attorney at Law, Shareholder, Miller Starr Regalia

BEST VALUE RATE: Register by April  6 and Save up to $155!
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $260
Standard / Non-AI - $310

Register by 4/27
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $285
Standard / Non-AI - $335

Register after 4/27
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $315
Standard / Non-AI - $415

Become a 2017 Spring Litigation Conference Sponsor
Sponsorships start at $250!

Sponsors include

  • Valbridge Property Advisors