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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 www.appraisalfoundation.org.
May 2017
2017 Spring Litigation Conference
May
11
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

Register by April  27 and Save up to $130!
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!

Silver Sponsors

  • MANNING & KASS ELLROD, RAMIREZ, TRESTER, LLP - Attorneys at Law
  • GREENAN PEFFER SALLANDER and LALLY - Attorneys at Law

Bronze Sponsors include

  • Valbridge Property Advisors
  • Smith and Associates
  • BBG
  • Associated Right of Way Services (ARWS)

 

Course: Advanced Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use
May
15 - 19
Location: Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Lafayette

Instructor(s):  Gary DeWeese, MAI

The 35-hour Advanced Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use course implements a blended learning approach, which includes a pre-class, two-hour online session combined with 30 hours of traditional classroom education and wraps up with a three-hour exam on the fifth morning.

Combining the analytical processes of market analysis, highest and best use, and income valuation, this course is intended for those who have taken and passed the General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use course and have a thorough understanding of the mathematical and financial principles necessary to perform appraisals of income-producing properties.  Building on the Level B marketability studies that were applied in General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use, you will perform Level C marketability studies using fundamental demand analysis and study several real estate markets in a fictional city.

The economic base of the community is explored, and it is used as the subject and example for both physical and economic forces that affect all communities and consequently all real estate.  The remainder of the course consists of four case studies (apartment and condominium conversion, retail, industrial, and land with potential for mixed-use development) that are intended to demonstrate both the power of fundamental market analysis and its application to highest and best use decisions.

Note:  Because this course builds on concepts learned in the Appraisal Institute’s General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use course, it is HIGHLY recommended that you take the Appraisal Institute’s General Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use course before you take this advanced course.  By taking both courses, you should gain a solid knowledge base of market analysis and highest and best use concepts. If you elect only to take this course, be advised that you’ll need to factor in additional study time to learn the general concepts presented in the previous course.

Please review the FAQs for important information regarding registration and cancellation deadlines; mandatory diagnostic test; online session; course equivalencies. Click here.

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

REGISTRATION CLOSES on May 1 (pending availability)
Advanced Registration is Required

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



Central California Branch Chapter Workshop: "We Have an Offer - We're Waiting for the Appraisal!"
May
16
Location: Fort Washington Country Club, Fresno

Plan now to join us for a lively 2-hour workshop as our panelists provide a discussion of contract price versus market value. A common scenario in today's market is where a buyer becomes the successful offeror on a listed property by presenting the highest of competing offers. Is this offer market value, since it is the highest and best offer of competing offers? Or is this gamesmanship whereby the buyer is willing to make this offer because she/he expects the appraisal for the loan requested to be less than the contract price, thereby forcing a renegotiation of the contract price.  The discussion will involve the participants in a purchase transaction: the real estate agent, the appraiser, and the appraisal review from the lender’s perspective.  Is contract price the best evidence of market value? Why can and do these differ?

Panelists include
Rob Melfe, Real Estate Appraiser, Robert B. Melfe and Associates
Barbara Radcliffe, Real Estate Appraiser, Valley Appraisals
Bob Wiginton, GRI, RE Broker, Realty Concepts, Ltd.

Moderator
Carole Laval, SRA, Real Estate Appraiser, Laval and Associates

Tuition includes workshop and networking social - $35

Board of Directors Meeting
May
18
Location: Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville
Workshop, Chapter Business Meeting & Networking Social - "Drowning in Data: Taming the Tidal Wave"
May
18
Location: Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville

Data is, quite simply - EXPLODING!

Once-small ponds have become untamed oceans boundless in breadth.  The modern world is literally awash in information. Indeed the seas have risen to the point that appraisers are drowning in data. Meanwhile, as the pace of the profession steadily increases, the search for useful data requires ever-increasing navigation skills.

Perhaps the greater challenge is what to do with the data once it is found.  How to organize and optimize the tidal waves of information in a way that the assembly and analysis of the most meaningful data becomes manageable on a human scale.  This workshop provides both the residential and commercial appraiser with useful tools (both hardware and software), techniques and information that will help ensure a more even keel and smoother sailing through the oceans of data that at once represent the appraiser's greatest resource and biggest challenge.

Panelists include

  • Marv Downey, Market Value Systems
  • Brian Spohr, Appraiser, Valbridge Property Advisors
  • Jeff Bradford, Bradford Technologies
  • Neil A. Lefmann, MAI, SRA, Sr. Appraiser, Valbridge Property Advisors

BEST VALUE RATE: Register by May 4 and Save up to $30!
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $55
Standard / Non-AI - $70

Register after 5/4
AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $70
Standard / Non-AI - $85