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Education / Events

The Northern California Chapter is open for business! Our Chapter is comprised of appraisal professionals you know and trust. Education is the core service we provide, and we're in the process of adapting our education to virtual programs to meet Stay in Place (SIP) requirements.

We look forward to and will continue to provide the “live” high-quality education that the appraisal community has depended upon for nearly 100 years once these regulations are lifted and it is safe for everyone to gather in person again.

  • 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.
Looking Ahead
Women's Initiative Committee - Interactive Chat
Dec
2
Location: It's Virtual! Participate Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

WIC was launched during the Appraisal Institute's National Convention in Denver in July 2019.  The committee aims to support female appraisers through professional development training, networking opportunities, mentorships, career outreach and other professional growth opportunities. Locally, the Northern California Chapter looks forward to hosting quarterly WIC conference calls. 

Our December chat will consider the Path to Presidency.  The purpose of our ZOOM meetings is to help women connect with other female valuation professionals in a casual, engaging format.  We will discuss ways to increase the presence of women in key leadership roles in the Appraisal Institute and within the real estate appraisal profession.  Whether you're an entry-level appraiser or a lifetime professional, join in our discussion!  Special guests include several National Appraisal Institute leaders. 

Location: Wherever it is convenient for you!

Time:  12:00 - 1:00pm

Details:  Participation is complimentary.  CEC is not availble. 

RSVP or Questions? Contact Nancy Phillips, SRA

ZOOM Link:  Click this link just prior to the scheduled start time.  Kindly RSVP before actively joining this chat.

2020 Commercial Symposium: Appraising Unique and Special Purpose Properties
Dec
4
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

This annual event is being retooled into a 3-hour (12pm - 3pm) virtual classroom presentation for 2020.

Just what are unique and special purpose properties?

Special Purpose Property: A property with a unique physical design, special construction materials, or a layout that particularly adapts its utility to the use for which it was built.
 - The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal

Topics include

  • Data Centers: Valuation Fundamentals
  • Gas Stations: Performance, Price Volatility, Resale Volume and Values
  • Current Thoughts on the Hotel Market:  Checking in or Checking out?
  • Changing Spaces: How Climate Change and COVID are Transforming Commercial Buildings
Panelists include
Gene Williams, MAI, CCIM,
Senior Appraiser & Data Center Valuation Director, Valbridge Property Advisors | Northern California
Elaine Sahlins, MAI, CRE,
Executive Director, Valuation & Advisory, Hospitality & Gaming Group, Cushman & Wakefield
Matt Roby
, Senior Valuation Specialist, Valuation & Advisory Services, Colliers
Timothy P. Runde, MAI, LEED AP,
Runde & Partners, Inc.
Stacey L. Thoyre, WELL AP, LEED Green Associate
, Runde & Partners, Inc.
 

A Special Note About Registering:

  • Never attended an Appraisal Institute Offering or not yet updated your password / log-in since October 1, 2019 - follow these simple steps before registering. 

  • Those seeking credit from states outside of California are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensing board(s) to confirm that the specific state(s) will (1) accept virtual / online education, (2) accepts education from an out-of-state provider and/or (3) offers reciprocal credit since the offering is approved by the CA BREA.  This chapter-developed offering is not being submitted to states outside of California.

  • Instruction will be held via Interactive Technology (ZOOM) and is based on the "live" version that falls under the temporary exemption for virtual / online education due to COVID / SIP restrictions. 

  • This virtual program is approved for 3-hours of California BREA, State Board of Equalization and Appraisal Institute (15 points) CEC. 

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam, speakers and microphone, agrees that attendance will be monitored and to to forward their Photo ID/ Driver's License to the Chapter Office upon registration.

Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $135
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $165

This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.Please note that not all states have approved Virtual education, therefore, registrants must check their individual states for approval before registering for the program. Before registering for the program, registrants understand and agree that continuing education credit for this program may not be available in their state on the date of the program. The Appraisal Institute is not responsible if credit is not available for the program in individual states. State exceptions for virtual education may expire prior to the offering date.

 

Course: National USPAP Update (7-Hour)
Dec
7
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Instructor: Stephanie Coleman, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

This offering will be based on the current 2020-21 version of USPAP.

This one-day update course, copyrighted by The Appraisal Foundation, focuses on recent changes to USPAP requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers. The course, which clarifies several commonly misunderstood aspects of USPAP, will aid participants in all areas of appraisal practice seeking updated competency in USPAP, including those subject to state licensing or certification and continuing education requirements imposed by professional organizations, client groups, or employers.

NOTE: Appraisers must successfully complete the 7-hour USPAP Update Course every two years to meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

Participants can take the 15-hour USPAP course, but it will only count for hours toward his or her state's continuing education requirement; the 15-hour program will not meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

A Special Note About Registering:

  • Never attended an Appraisal Institute Offering or not yet updated your password / log-in since October 1, 2019 - follow these simple steps before registering. 

  • Those seeking credit from states outside of California are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensing board(s) to confirm that the specific state(s) will (1) accept virtual / online education, (2) accepts education from an out-of-state provider and/or (3) offers reciprocal credit since the offering is approved by the CA BREA.

  • Instruction will be held via Interactive Technology (ZOOM) and is based on the "live" version that falls under the temporary exemption for virtual / online education due to COVID / SIP restrictions. 

  • This virtual program is approved for 7-hours of Appraisal Institute and BREA. 

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam and microphone, agrees that attendance will be monitored and to to forward their Photo ID/ Driver's License to the Chapter Office upon registration.

Click here to order your copy of 2020-21 USPAP directly from The Appraisal Foundation; this publication is not included with the tuition fee.

Note:  The tuition rates listed below include the downloadable course handbook materials.  Additional fee(s) apply for those who want the printed course handbook pre-shipped.  Shipping fees are determined at the time of online check-out.

Final West Coast Offering for 2020
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $200
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $245

 

"Virtual" Seminar: Federal and California Statutory and Regulatory Laws (4-Hours)
Dec
8
Location: It's Virtual, Learn Where it is Most Convenient for You

Mandatory Requirement for Initial State Licensing / Certification (QE) and Renewal (CE)
Includes the required open-book exam.

Developer & Instructor(s): Dawn Molitor-Gennrich, SRA, AI-RRS

Appraisers recognize that they have regulatory obligations but understanding which ones apply when doing federally related and real estate related lender work is challenging. A review of sanctions and disciplinary actions taken against appraisers by the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers makes it clear that many details and nuances of the appraiser laws and regulations are being misunderstood. Common, unintentional errors impact both the reputations of individual appraisers as well as confidence in the competency and ethics of the appraisal profession. This seminar is designed to help you recognize and understand the laws and regulations most important to appraisers practicing in California.

Time:  Online Check-in: 11:30am       
Instruction (including required exam): 12:00pm - 5:00pm

A Special Note About Registering: 

  • Never attended an Appraisal Institute Offering or not yet updated your password / log-in since October 1, 2019? Follow these simple steps (click link) before registering. 

  • Those seeking credit from states outside of California are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensing board(s) to confirm that the specific state(s) will accept virtual / online education from an out-of-state provider.

  • Instruction will be held via Interactive Technology (ZOOM) and is based on the "live" version that falls under the temporary exemption for virtual / online education due to COVID / SIP restrictions.  This program is approved by the California BREA.
Space is EXTREMELY Limited for this Final Year-End Offering
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $135
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $145

This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.Please note that not all states have approved Virtual education, therefore, registrants must check their individual states for approval before registering for the program. Before registering for the program, registrants understand and agree that continuing education credit for this program may not be available in their state on the date of the program. The Appraisal Institute is not responsible if credit is not available for the program in individual states. State exceptions for virtual education may expire prior to the offering date.




 

Promoting Trust for Fair and Affordable Housing Symposium
Dec
9 - 10
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Hosted by The Appraisal Foundation and Appraisal Institute

The Appraisal Foundation and Appraisal Institute are pleased to announce a joint valuation symposium: Promoting Trust for Fair and Affordable Housing. This free symposium will give real estate appraisers and anyone with an interest in valuation the opportunity to hear from leaders across the appraisal profession, mortgage lending, and academia in a discussion on fair and affordable housing issues. Discussion topics will include the latest research on fair and affordable housing, a comparison between the past appraisal process and the current one, and potential legislative, regulatory and financing solutions that can promote community and economic development. 

“There is no place for discrimination in the appraisal profession, but it has become clear that we must do more to preserve the public trust in our industry for every American. We are pleased to be hosting these important conversations through this free symposium with our colleagues at the Appraisal Institute,” said The Appraisal Foundation President Dave Bunton. “I hope folks from across the appraisal profession and those with an interest in valuation will join this open dialogue as we continue to build public trust in the appraisal profession.”

“With the critical issue of racial justice being examined throughout the country, the Appraisal Institute is striving to expand opportunities for aspiring minority appraisers, combat unconscious bias in valuation and find solutions to promote the flow of credit in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods,” said Appraisal Institute President Jefferson L. Sherman, MAI, AI-GRS. “Appraisers can help by advocating for establishment of more thoughtful and creative programs that provide secondary sources of financing (secured or unsecured) to bridge the gap between the total cost of the proposed renovation or construction and the market value of the property. Loan application frustrations may be mitigated by involving appraisers earlier in the transaction or at the time of application for a construction or renovation loan.”

The symposium will consist of four separate sessions on December 9th and 10th. 

Additional event partners include

  • American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA)
  • National Association of Realtors (NAR)
 

 

Residential Appraiser Project Team - Interactive Chat
Dec
9
Location: It's Virtual! Participate Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

RAPT is the Appraisal Institute's Residential Appraiser Project Team. 

It's goal is to attract residential appraisers, promoting, and retaining SRAs is our goal.  Ideas include

  • Creating roundtables that would assist with and serve in an advisory role in re-writing / updating residential forms
  • Expanding the presence of residential appraisers in leadership roles

Locally, the Northern California Chapter looks forward to hosting quarterly RAPT conference calls.  We will be discussing topics of importance to residential appraisers and encourage all residential appraisers to participate.

These chats are open to everyone and the format is designed to be casual, inviting and engaging, though registration is required.

Location: Wherever it is convenient for you!

Time:  12:00 - 1:00pm

Details:  Participation is complimentary.  CEC is not availble.  

RSVP or Questions? Contact Nancy Phillips, SRA

ZOOM Link:  Click on this ZOOM link at the event start time.  Kindly RSVP before actively joining this chat.

Seminar: Appraisal of Manufactured Homes Featuring Next-Generation Manufactured Homes
Dec
10
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Instructor: Justin Slack, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

This 7.5-hour course, developed in collaboration with Freddie Mac, provides an in-depth look into preparing appraisals for traditional manufactured homes plus insight into CHOICEHomeSM—the new type of high-quality manufactured homes that are built to HUD code but developed with site-built features. You’ll learn how to meet the specific requirements of Freddie Mac, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), Veteran’s Administration (VA), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Fannie Mae using a new, ground-breaking tool—the Manufactured Home Quality Rating Worksheet, which is consistent with the Marshall & Swift®—CoreLogic Residential Cost Handbook and the Uniform Appraisal Dataset (UAD).

The course begins with a thorough review of existing manufactured housing products then delves into CHOICEHomeSM, a new accessible, affordable addition to America’s housing stock. To apply elementary and complex techniques used in the cost and the sales comparison approaches, you’ll work through a case study of these homes to develop a credible appraisal report.

A Special Note About Registering:

  • Never attended an Appraisal Institute Offering or not yet updated your password / log-in since October 1, 2019 - follow these simple steps before registering. 

  • Those seeking credit from states outside of California are strongly encouraged to check with their state licensing board(s) to confirm that the specific state(s) will (1) accept virtual / online education, (2) accepts education from an out-of-state provider and/or (3) offers reciprocal credit since the offering is approved by the CA BREA.  This is a nationally-developed offering, so credit from states outside off California may be availble.

  • Instruction will be held via Interactive Technology (ZOOM) and is based on the "live" version that falls under the temporary exemption for virtual / online education due to COVID / SIP restrictions. 

  • This virtual program is approved for 7-hours of Appraisal Institute, BREA and State Board of Equalization (SBE) CEC. 

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam and microphone, agrees that attendance will be monitored and to to forward their Photo ID/ Driver's License to the Chapter Office upon registration.

Note:  This offering does not inlcude the optional exam.

Only Scheduled West Coast Offering
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $225
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $250

 

2021 Real Estate Update and Outlook
Jan
21
Location: It's Virtual! Participate Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

An opportunity to get a sneak peek at the year ahead.  In this 3-hour virtual presentation you will hear from real estate industry professionals in the areas of:

  • Retail
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Senior Centers
  • Health Clubs
  • . . . and more!

Watch for details coming soon!

This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.Please note that not all states have approved Virtual education, therefore, registrants must check their individual states for approval before registering for the program. Before registering for the program, registrants understand and agree that continuing education credit for this program may not be available in their state on the date of the program. The Appraisal Institute is not responsible if credit is not available for the program in individual states. State exceptions for virtual education may expire prior to the offering date.

 

 

Board of Director's Meeting
Jan
21
Location: It's Virtual
Chapter Business Meeting and Installation Celebration
Jan
21
Location: It's Virtual! Participate Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Stay after the 2021 Real Estate Update and Outlook workshop and join us for a brief chapter meeting that includes presentation of designation certificates to newly designated members, awarding local cash scholarships and the Installation of our 2021 Leadership Team - plus receive an update on chapter, regional and national Appraisal Institute issues.  Active AI members will select their delegates to the chapter's 2022 Nominating Committee.  Then enjoy great company, scrumptious "virtual" complimentary appetizers & beverages as you network with peers, friends and perhaps even prospective clients!

"Virtual" Seminar: Advanced Land Valuation
Jan
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

 

By examining unusual and complex land valuation assignments, this seminar takes concepts covered in the Appraisal Institute curriculum to the next level. In addition to lecture, discussion, and Q&A, sample case studies will demonstrate, primarily in Excel, conceptual and practical applications that participants will be able to incorporate into their day-to-day work. The seminar will suggest strategies for performing these assignments.

Sierra Branch Chapter hosts "Virtual" Workshop: Understanding Legal Parcels and Descriptions - What Makes it Legal?
Feb
2
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

"I learned things I didn't even know I didn't know, such as the potentially significant differences between a legal parcel and an assessor-designated parcel."

Workshop Presenter: Neil A. Lefmann, MAI, SRA - Sr. Appraiser, Valbridge Property Advisors

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 virtual workshop, as an appraiser, Lefmann who brings more than 4 decades of experience in land valuation will 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
BEST VALUE RATE:  Register by December 25 - Save up to $35!
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $40
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $50

Register by January 22
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $50
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $65

Register after January 22
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $60
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $75

 

This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals. Please note that not all states have approved Virtual education, therefore, registrants must check their individual states for approval before registering for the program. Before registering for the program, registrants understand and agree that continuing education credit for this program may not be available in their state on the date of the program. The Appraisal Institute is not responsible if credit is not available for the program in individual states. State exceptions for virtual education may expire prior to the offering date.

NEW Seminar! Desktop Appraisals (Bifurcated, Hybrid) and Evaluations
Feb
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

As the world changes, so do processes and methods used in many businesses including the appraisal profession. While alternative appraisal services like bifurcated, hybrid, and desktop appraisals and evaluations aren’t new, they are becoming more popular. Many appraisers are uncertain about the general requirements of each service, how appraisal standards might apply, and how these services might create liability. This seminar will provide more clarity about the different services being requested and help you to decide if these services are for you. It will review the expectations of alternative appraisal services, potential uses, appraisal standard implications, scope of work, and liability concerns as it applies to residential and commercial assignments. And it will review evaluation formats and the business opportunities for them.

  • Describe desktop appraisals, such as bifurcated and hybrid, and learn how and when they are used.
  • Discover how real estate collateral is used inside federally regulated banks and financial institutions.
  • Review the significant Federal and State laws governing all valuations — appraisals and evaluations used for loan originations, modifications, and other subsequent transactions.
  • Identify appraisal standards, Interagency Guidelines, lender requirements, and state law requirements for credentialed appraisers.
  • Recognize the development and reporting differences that differentiate appraisals from evaluations and desktop valuation services.

Watch for more details coming soon!

"Virtual" Seminar: Complex Litigation: Appraisal Case Studies
Feb
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable


Based on the Appraisal Institute textbook Applications in Litigation Valuation: A Pragmatist’s Guide, this seminar discusses in detail three of the book’s case studies that provide an overview of litigation strategies for appraisers who are new to litigation work, as well as a reinforcement of litigation skills for more experienced appraisers. Case study topics include title issues, continuing nuisance, and condemnation.

  • Identify important issues specific to litigation valuation assignments.
  • Evaluate competency as it relates to litigation assignments.
  • Develop an appropriate scope of work for complex litigation appraisal problems.
  • Identify appropriate valuation techniques for litigation assignments.
  • Develop an engagement letter for phased litigation assignments.
  • Identify best practices for preparation of demonstrative evidence.
  • Identify best practices for preparation for direct testimony.

Note. Applications in Litigation Valuation: A Pragmatist’s Guide is required for this seminar. If you do not have the textbook, please order in the Online Store.

"Virtual" Seminar: Contract or Effective Rent: Finding the Real Rent
Feb
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

 

In this 4-hour virtual seminar, enhance your valuation analyses and broaden your consulting portfolio by understanding the complexities of calculating effective rent. You will gain a thorough understanding of effective rent and its importance in lease negotiations and valuation assignments by working through case studies featuring common circumstances involving effective rent. Strengthen your analyses by evaluating the way effective rent impacts property value. Recognize how the integration of the effective rent measurement is used by market participants (landlords and tenants) for leases involving landlord concessions and non-market-based provisions in all three approaches to value. At the end of the seminar, you will have a take-away model to use immediately when incorporating effective rent into your valuation or consulting work.


2021 Annual Spring Conference
Mar
12

Residential * Commercial * Agricultural 

The very first Valley Seminar began in 1970.  Our "modern" version of the Valley Seminar became known as the Spring Conference in 2000 and has taken place each spring at the Modesto Center Plaza since 2006.  2021 will be bring a "new first" as this offering will be presented in a virtual format.

This event continues to evolve each year, with expanded breakout sessions to provide a greater depth of topics and the opportunity to hear from and connect with a variety of industry professionals. It is the combination of quality and content which draws an increasing number of attendees not only from the Central Valley but from the greater Bay Area and beyond!

TGIF is BACK!  We are thrilled to once again host this event on a Friday.

Presentations include our ever popular and informative Opening Session State of the Profession

Watch for more details coming soon

This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.Please note that not all states have approved Virtual education, therefore, registrants must check their individual states for approval before registering for the program. Before registering for the program, registrants understand and agree that continuing education credit for this program may not be available in their state on the date of the program. The Appraisal Institute is not responsible if credit is not available for the program in individual states. State exceptions for virtual education may expire prior to the offering date.


Board of Director's Meeting
Mar
18
Location: It's Virtual
Chapter Business Meeting and Networking Social
Mar
18
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable
"Virtual" Seminar: Litigation Assignments for Residential Appraisers
Mar
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

 

If you are not familiar with residential litigation and are interested in performing more challenging residential assignments, this fast-paced half-day seminar is for you!

Find out the basics of analyzing atypical residential properties for purposes of litigation. In the first case study, which is about a new house on an old dump, the class will initially identify the appraisal problem. The seminar includes opportunities to distinguish between partial and complete remediation and the role of each in this appraisal problem. Learn to differentiate between pounds of paper and critical information. Then discover how disclosure of defects may affect market value. Identify what to do when a typical sales comparison approach is not applicable. Enhance your skills in an entertaining learning environment.

The second case, which involves a home with a disappearing dock, explores deeded rights to community recreational amenities and due diligence in identifying rights associated with ownership. Learn how questionnaires can be helpful problem-solving tools.

The basics of title defect actions require identifying and measuring contributory value of a component, the disappearing dock. Learn tips to help you solve that difficult assignment in a convenient 4-hour seminar!

"Virtual" Seminar: Evaluating Commercial Leases: The Tenant and the Terms Both Matter
Apr
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

 

This 7-hour seminar introduces participants to how the terms of a lease and the risk profile of the tenant influence the valuation of commercial real estate. Participants will see how the business features of commercial leases affect the quantity and the duration of the income stream that a property will generate and the development of the property’s income statement. Non-traditional sources of income, the proper period to use in measuring the income, measuring the real vacancy rate, expenses that might not be recoverable by a landlord if a CAM formula is incorrect, and how other special clauses in a lease can all affect the property’s income stream will be examined. The second part of the seminar discusses tenant credit risk issues and explains why understanding a tenant’s financial strength is key to assessing the quality of the income stream.

"Virtual" Seminar: Getting It Right from the Start: A Workout Plan for Your Scope of Work
Apr
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

The scope of work decision is the most critical one you will make in the development of an appraisal.  After identifying the key elements of the assignment, you decide what needs to be done to arrive at assignment results that address the needs of the intended users of the appraisal. This seminar will help you become familiar with the broad range of services that you can offer under USPAP and give you practice determining the appropriate scope of work for various types of assignments. Return to your office with greater confidence when making scope of work decisions.

2021 Northern California Residential Appraisal Conference
May
7

A full-day residential conference jointly sponsored  by the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute and the Real Estate Appraisers Association (REAA). 

2021 Spring Litigation Conference
May
13

LISTEN.  PARTICIPATE.  LEARN.

You missed it in 2020.  We missed it in 2020.  It's returning in 2021!

Our 2021 Spring Litigation Conference presents advanced topics to appraisers interested in litigation work. This is a chance to sharpen your knowledge and broaden your practice by listening to some of the top experts in the region.

This Educational Program (Program) was developed and organized by the Appraisal Institute Chapter offering the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) of current local interest solely for educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program. The content of this Program, including but not limited to any written materials and presenter comments, does not represent the viewpoint of the Appraisal Institute (defined as including but not limited to, the national organization, its Regions, Chapters, members, candidates, affiliates and staff) unless formally adopted by the national Board of Directors. Further, the Appraisal Institute has not peer-reviewed or approved the content of the Program and does not warrant the accuracy or timeliness of the content of the Program. The content of the Program is subject to court decisions and local, state and federal laws and regulations and any such revisions of such laws and regulations. This Program is presented with the understanding that the Appraisal Institute is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other professional advice or services. Nothing in the Program is to be construed as the offering of such advice or services. If expert advice or services are required, attendees and readers are responsible for obtaining such advice or services from appropriate professionals.

Chapter Business Meeting and Networking Social
May
20
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable
"Virtual" Course: Business Practices and Ethics
Jun
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable


Business Practices and Ethics is an important course that provides information about standards and ethics requirements for valuers in general and, more specifically, for valuers who belong to the Appraisal Institute. Through discussion questions and examples, the class compares behavior and actions that illustrate violations of the Code of Professional Ethics, and participants learn how referrals can be made. Participants are also introduced to the Appraisal Institute Guide Notes to the Standards of Professional Practice and use these Guide Notes to resolve everyday appraisal practice problems. At the end of the course, they learn about common errors in appraisal reports and review reports, and they respond to questions about challenges that arise in appraisal practice such as requests for updates and requests to change or add intended users. These are common business practice issues that appraisers encounter in various assignments, including mortgage lending, litigation, and property tax appeal. Other real-life scenarios in the course illustrate less common business practice issues such as an appraiser’s obligation when illegal or criminal behavior is observed.

"Virtual" Course: National USPAP Update (7-Hour)
Jun
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

This offering will be based on the current 2020-21 version of USPAP.

This one-day update course, copyrighted by The Appraisal Foundation, focuses on recent changes to USPAP requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers. The course, which clarifies several commonly misunderstood aspects of USPAP, will aid participants in all areas of appraisal practice seeking updated competency in USPAP, including those subject to state licensing or certification and continuing education requirements imposed by professional organizations, client groups, or employers.

NOTE: Appraisers must successfully complete the 7-hour USPAP Update Course every two years to meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

Participants can take the 15-hour USPAP course, but it will only count for hours toward his or her state's continuing education requirement; the 15-hour program will not meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

"Virtual" Seminar: Federal and California Statutory and Regulatory Laws (4-Hours)
Jun
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Mandatory Requirement for Initial State Licensing / Certification (QE) and Renewal (CE)
Includes the required open-book exam.

Developer & Instructor(s): Dawn Molitor-Gennrich, SRA, AI-RRS

Appraisers recognize that they have regulatory obligations but understanding which ones apply when doing federally related and real estate related lender work is challenging. A review of sanctions and disciplinary actions taken against appraisers by the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers makes it clear that many details and nuances of the appraiser laws and regulations are being misunderstood. Common, unintentional errors impact both the reputations of individual appraisers as well as confidence in the competency and ethics of the appraisal profession. This seminar is designed to help you recognize and understand the laws and regulations most important to appraisers practicing in California.

"Virtual" Seminar: Rural Land Valuation
Jun
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Rural Valuation Basics provides residential and general appraisers with the fundamentals of analyzing comparable data for use in rural appraisal assignments. This 7-hour seminar will focus on land mix analysis, improvement value extraction and allocation, and how to develop adjustments. While working on a typical rural property case study that both residential and commercial appraisers might be asked to appraise, participants will learn how to properly analyze and use information that is available in rural markets to support a credible opinion of value. Excel spreadsheets will be provided which will assist participants in their analyses.

Board of Director's Meeting
Jul
15
Location: It's Virtual
Chapter Business Meeting and Networking Social
Jul
15
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable
The Residential Symposium 2021: All Day. All Residential.
Aug
6
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

All Day. All Residential.

Building on the continued success of prior year Residential Symposiums, our in-the-know panelists will share meaningful tools and tips that attendees can use to prosper and grow their businesses in today's ever-changing real estate environment. 

"Virtual" Seminar: Extreme Appraising - Valuing CRE in a Down Market
Aug
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Instructor and Developer: Gary DeWeese, MAI

"Gary's analysis comes from the real world.  His examples are grounded in reality."                                                                                                                                     - August 2020 Attendee

Given the possibility of declines in the value of CRE as a result of COVID-19, this 7-hour seminar will address critical issues, often misunderstood even by experienced commercial appraisers, in valuing property in a declining market.  It is based on a hypothetical case study property, a multi-tenant office building. The primary focus of the case study is to value the property “as is” and “when stabilized”, using all three valuation approaches.

  • Overview of the Case Study
  • Purpose and Summary of the Market Analysis
  • Addressing Above-Market Lease with a Property Rights Adjustment
  • Valuing the Property "As Is" Taking Into Account the Rent Up Adjustment and External Obsolescence
  • Measuring Effective Rent for a Lease with Concessions
  • Valuing the Property “When Stabilized” Taking into Account “External Obsolescence”
  • Reconciliation and Wrap-up
"Virtual" Seminar: Vineyard Valuation 2021
Aug
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Our most popular one-day seminar returns in the Fall of 2021!

The wine industry is a complex and vast market where global trends affect local vineyard values.  This presentation will provide attendees with the history and evolution of vineyard economics throughout the many wine regions of California.  You will learn what factors have led to changing prices, as well as how prices have responded to changing market conditions over the years.

Board of Director's Meeting
Sep
16
Location: It's Virtual
Chapter Business Meeting and Networking Social
Sep
16
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable
"Virtual" Seminar: Practical Highest and Best Use
Sep
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

This 7-hour offering was such a hit in 2019 AND 2020, we are bringing it back in 2021!  If you missed it, here is another opportunity. 

A review appraiser, employed by a state-regulatory agency, commented in a USPAP class that highest and best use is the most deficient section in many appraisal reports.  Whenever a market value opinion is developed, USPAP S.R. 2-2(a) requires the report to "summarize the support and rationale" for the highest and best use conclusion. 

This seminar is intended to enhance USPAP compliance for both residential and commercial appraisers.   

Learning Objectives

  • Reviews many basic concepts of H&B use
  • Defines key terms like “support” and “reasonably probable”.
  • Clarifies the four test of H&B use.
  • Identifies the four components of a proper H&B use conclusion
  • Differentiates the four tests from the four conclusions
  • Identifies the five (5) most likely buyer types
  • Explores and develops supportable conclusions for nine atypical, real-world situations where H&B use was initially uncertain
  • Details practical procedures to help appraisers develop a proper H&B use conclusion for both typical and very atypical appraisal problems.

Registrants will receive a well-organized handbook that is a replica of the PowerPoint is provided.  This 80+ page handbook will lessen in-class writing and assist the appraiser back at the office. 

"Virtual" Seminar: Valuation by Comparison: Residential Analysis & Logic
Sep
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Real estate markets and residential appraisal requirements have changed significantly due to market volatility and increased oversight, which has left residential appraisers searching for new strategies to handle their appraisal assignments. This seminar revisits valuation fundamentals and illustrates why you need data collection and analytical skills more than ever. The seminar uses and is based on the 2018 updated 2nd edition of Valuation by Comparison. You’ll learn why clients need an appraisal, why you must have appropriate market data, and why it is imperative that you know your market. You’ll discover how to find the information you need in markets where data is scarce, inconsistent, or misleading. And you’ll explore techniques to accurately interpret and then anticipate the actions of buyers and sellers in today’s market. Whether you are an experienced appraiser or newer to the profession, you’ll learn about a variety of approaches and resources that are available for gleaning indications of market value, and you’ll better understand which items require adjustment and which items can be ignored.

2021 Annual Fall Conference: Real Estate and Appraisal Symposium
Oct
 

2021 marks the 71st consecutive year that the Northern California Chapter has presented its award-winning Annual Fall Conference. 

Fall Conference is the real estate appraisal profession’s longest-running and highest-rated one-day continuing education & networking event on the West Coast. Our conference consistently draws over 250 participants and features the real estate profession’s “most in-the-know” presenters.  Our topics will keep you informed of the latest developments that affect your profession, your profitability, your business – your future.

Exact date to be determined shortly.

General Demonstration Report - Capstone Program (2021)
Nov
15 - 21
Location: Facility TBA, Sacramento

The General Demonstration Report-Capstone Program is an option that Candidates for Designation may choose to complete their demonstration of knowledge requirement for their MAI designation. Like the traditional requirement, the same skills and knowledge base are required to produce a complete demonstration appraisal report. However, this program was designed to offer an option that accelerates the completion.

Required prerequisites that must be completed before Candidates for Designation working toward a MAI designation can register:

View register link for important registration, material release and pre-webinar dates and deadlines.  This offering is sponsored the Appraisal Institute National Office.  Questions?  Contact 312-335-4207.

Board of Director's Meeting
Nov
18
Location: It's Virtual
Chapter Business Meeting and Networking Social
Nov
18
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable
"Virtual" Seminar: How Tenants Create or Destroy Value - Leasehold Valuation and its Impact on Value
Nov
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Developer and Instructor: Gary DeWeese, MAI

If you’re involved in the valuation of commercial real estate, it’s crucial to know how the terms of a lease affect value. This seminar goes beyond methodology to explore how to measure a property rights adjustment, the theory underlying the use of a leasehold yield rate (YLH) to value the leasehold, as well as the application of a property rights adjustment in all three approaches to value.

  • Recognize how the terms of a tenant’s lease impact value—either positively or negatively.
  • Identify situations that require a valuation of a leasehold.
  • Identify methodologies in valuing a leasehold, including examples and exercises.
  • Recognize the impact of a leasehold in the valuation of property using all applicable approaches.
  • Identify challenges facing appraisers performing leasehold valuation assignments.
2021 Commercial Symposium: Appraising Unique and Special Purpose Properties
Dec
3
Location: Filoli Gardens (tentative date)

This annual event returns to a full-day program in 2021! 

Just what are unique and special purpose properties?

Special Purpose Property: A property with a unique physical design, special construction materials, or a layout that particularly adapts its utility to the use for which it was built.
 - The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal

2022-23 National USPAP Update (7-Hour)
Dec
 

This one-day update course, copyrighted by The Appraisal Foundation, focuses on recent changes to USPAP requirements for ethical behavior and competent performance by appraisers. The course, which clarifies several commonly misunderstood aspects of USPAP, will aid participants in all areas of appraisal practice seeking updated competency in USPAP, including those subject to state licensing or certification and continuing education requirements imposed by professional organizations, client groups, or employers.

NOTE: Appraisers must successfully complete the 7-hour USPAP Update Course every two years to meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

Participants can take the 15-hour USPAP course, but it will only count for hours toward his or her state's continuing education requirement; the 15-hour program will not meet the USPAP continuing education requirement.

Watch for more details - registration not expected to open until Fall 2022.

"Virtual" Course: Business Practices and Ethics
Dec
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable


Business Practices and Ethics is an important course that provides information about standards and ethics requirements for valuers in general and, more specifically, for valuers who belong to the Appraisal Institute. Through discussion questions and examples, the class compares behavior and actions that illustrate violations of the Code of Professional Ethics, and participants learn how referrals can be made. Participants are also introduced to the Appraisal Institute Guide Notes to the Standards of Professional Practice and use these Guide Notes to resolve everyday appraisal practice problems. At the end of the course, they learn about common errors in appraisal reports and review reports, and they respond to questions about challenges that arise in appraisal practice such as requests for updates and requests to change or add intended users. These are common business practice issues that appraisers encounter in various assignments, including mortgage lending, litigation, and property tax appeal. Other real-life scenarios in the course illustrate less common business practice issues such as an appraiser’s obligation when illegal or criminal behavior is observed.

"Virtual" Seminar: Federal and California Statutory and Regulatory Laws (4-Hours)
Dec
 
Location: It's Virtual! Learn Where it is Convenient and Comfortable

Mandatory Requirement for Initial State Licensing / Certification (QE) and Renewal (CE)
Includes the required open-book exam.

Developer & Instructor(s): Dawn Molitor-Gennrich, SRA, AI-RRS

Appraisers recognize that they have regulatory obligations but understanding which ones apply when doing federally related and real estate related lender work is challenging. A review of sanctions and disciplinary actions taken against appraisers by the Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers makes it clear that many details and nuances of the appraiser laws and regulations are being misunderstood. Common, unintentional errors impact both the reputations of individual appraisers as well as confidence in the competency and ethics of the appraisal profession. This seminar is designed to help you recognize and understand the laws and regulations most important to appraisers practicing in California.