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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
Board of Directors Meeting (Interactive / Call-In)
Jul
16
"Virtual Chat" Silicon Valley Branch Chapter Hosts - Let's Talk! Residential Housing Market
Jul
21
Location: It's Virtual, Participate from Where it is Most Convenient for You

This informal 1-hour chat will focus on the residential housing market in the Silicon Valley. 

Let's listen and learn from others in our various Silicon Valley price point and micro-climates.  We will discuss Condos, Townhomes, SFRs, and Small Income Units and examine charts & graphs.  These local sources will be helpful in understanding the appraisal process and the real estate market in general.  We will try to put our finger on the pulse of the 3rd Qtr and attempt to determine where we are now and what is our trajectory moving forward, as we run through the factors influencing the Silicon Valley today.

This is a participatory interactive session, the moderator will be screen sharing exhibits as we move through the subtopics.  Join us to share your first-hand perspectives on what you are seeing in the residential housing markets - leaving knowing what others are seeing! 

Registrants will connect using ZOOM interactive technology.  For the full zoom experience, registrants will need a computer, Internet access, webcam, and a microphone.  New to ZOOM?  Take their FREE tutorial on How to Join a Meeting.

Topic:  Let's Talk!  Silicon Valley Residential Housing Market

Time:
  4:30pm Meet & Greet        5pm - 6pm Interactive Chat

Details:  Participation is complimentary.  CEC is not available. 

  • Unemployment US Bureau of Labor & Regional Sources
  • Rates:  Good Sources
  • Tech Sector Perspectives
  • Inventory Levels, Trends and Days on the Market
  • Value Levels & Trends
  • Sales Price to List Price Ratios
  • Dealing with COVID 19 Issues
  • What Will the 3rd Quarter 2020 Look Like?

Moderator: Stephen L. Varga, SRA

Zoom Link:  The zoom link will be sent within 24 of the program date to those who have RVSP'd.  

RSVP Required:  Registration will be limited.  Questions or to reserve your spot, email Stephen Varga, SRA.

 

Monterey Bay Branch Chapter "Virtual" Brown Bag Bash
Aug
5
Location: It's Virtual, Participate from Where it is Most Convenient for You

You've told us that connecting with other professionals is an important way of gathering relevant market information.  Based on the success of our May informal "Brown Bag" virtual get together, we are gearing up to do it again!

Please join us for an informal lunchtime "call-in" discussion.  Invited guest speakers are from the Monterey County Association of Realtors.

Location: Wherever it is convenient for you!

Time:  12:00 - 1:00pm

Details:  Participation is complimentary.  CEC is not availble.   RSVP Required by 8/3:  Only those pre-registered will be sent details to connect to the call.

RSVP or Questions? Contact Chris Daniel, SRA

Central California Branch Chapter - "Virtual Simply Social" with a Twist
Aug
6
Location: It's Virtual, Participate from Where it is Most Convenient for You

Get Connected Virtually with those in the Central Valley and Beyond!

Join one, join all!  Our "twist" is that we will connect via ZOOMDesigned for residential, commercial and agricultural appraisers and all allied real estate professionals who want to expand their networking and client opportunities and receive an update on relevant market issues.

Watch for details on the date and specific discussion topic.

 

Residential Symposium 2020 - All Day. All Residential.
Aug
7
Location: It's Virtual, Learn Where it is Most Convenient for You

All Day. All Residential.

It's back - but in a new format!  We are going VIRTUAL.

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. 

  • High End, Unique and Complex  Residential Assignments: How to Appraise a House with No Comps
  • Extracting & Supporting Adjustments
  • Efficiency and Technology: Future of Appraising
  • Manufactured Homes
Presenters include
Chris Daniel, SRA
, Chris Daniel and Associates
Rebecca Frederick, Valbridge Property Advisors I Northern California
Jason A. Tillema, SRA, AI-RRS, ASA, IFA, Access Valuation, LLC
Jeff Bradford, CEO, Bradford Technologies
Justin Slack, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS, HomeStreet Bank

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. 

  • Out of State? 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 being submitted to the California BREA and State Board of Equalization for 6-hours of CEC.

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam and microphone.
BEST VALUE RATE: Register by July 24 - Save up to $90
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $99*
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $129

Register by July 31
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $129*
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $159

Register after July 31
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $159*
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $189

(*) REAA members will be provided with a special promo code to register for this offering and receive the discounted AI tuition  rate.  REAA members should not attempt to register without using the promo code.

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.


"Virtual" Seminar: Extreme Appraising - Valuing CRE in a Down Market
Aug
14
Location: It's Virtual, Learn Where it is Most Convenient for You

Watch for Registration to Open Soon!  DON'T be AFRAID to LEARN something NEW!

Instructor and Developer: Gary DeWeese, MAI

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

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 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 being submitted to the California BREA.  Approved by the CA State Board of Equalization (SBE) CAR #101988 for 7 hours of training credit.

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam and microphone. 
BEST VALUE RATE: Register by July 24 - Save up to $80
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $195
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $225

Register by August 7
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $225
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $245

Register after August 7
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $245
Standard / Non-AI Professionals - $275

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.


"Virtual" Seminar: Complex Litigation: Appraisal Case Studies
Aug
24
Location: It's Virtual, Learn Where it is Most Convenient for You

Instructor: Steve Roach, MAI, AI-GRS, SRA

Watch for more details and registration to open soon!

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.

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 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 apprvoed by the California BREA for 7-hours of CEC.

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam and microphone.
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: Application & Interpretation of Simple Linear Regression
Aug
 

This two-day course is designed for appraisal professionals who want to use Microsoft®Excel in applying statistical methods to valuation problems. The course employs Excel’s data analysis add-in and charting capabilities to assist in developing descriptive statistics and in using simple linear regression analysis to estimate linear relationships between two variables. Topics include descriptive statistics, charts and tables, an introduction to simple linear regression, assumptions underlying application of linear regression modeling, nonlinear curve fitting, prediction and forecasting, data sufficiency, and separation of pooled data by submarket. Participants will be engaged in hands-on learning, discovering and applying basic statistical methods to data sets custom built to illustrate each session’s objectives in a valuation context. This course will help participants gain a solid understanding of simple linear regression analysis and be prepared for more advanced multiple linear regression study.

This course is in the Analytics for Valuation Professional Development Program. View this list of FAQs, which includes information regarding the courses you’ll need to complete the program successfully.

Course: Real Estate Finance, Statistics and Valuation Modeling
Aug
 

This two-day course provides an introduction to statistics, real estate finance, and modeling with applications to residential and commercial real estate appraisal. On the first day, you will develop an understanding of basic statistics and statistical analysis and learn how those skills can be used in valuation and evaluation practice.

On day two, you will gain an introductory understanding of real estate finance markets, learn about credit conditions and their impact on values and appraisal, and calculate and interpret fundamental numbers on loan payments and balances.

Successful completion of the course and exam should satisfy most states’ education requirements in the content area identified as real estate finance, statistics, and valuation modeling. Participants should understand that this course will be a review and will not address more advanced topics.

This course revision includes an update on financial history and the future implications of the burst housing bubble. A discussion on how mortgages impact value also was added, as well as measuring volatility and standard deviations.

Note: Real Estate Finance, Statistics, and Valuation Modeling was designed according to the broad topical guidelines of the Appraiser Qualifications Board as part of qualifying (i.e., prelicensing) education for both residential and general certified appraisers.

Seminar: Appraisal of Manufactured Homes Featuring Next-Generation Manufactured Homes
Aug
 

This new 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.

Seminar: Practical Highest & Best Use
Aug
 

This offering was such a hit in 2019, we are bringing it back in 2020!  If you missed it last year, here is your second chance.

Developer and Instructor: John Urubek, MAI

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.

A well-organized, printed and bound 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.  

Don't miss this practical seminar.  It will strengthen the logic and support in every-day appraisal reports.

This Educational Program (Program) was developed by an outside party. The Appraisal Institute Chapter made arrangements for the Third-Party to offer the Program with the intent of addressing topic(s) based on a certain chapter or local need for such topic, solely educational and informational purposes. The Appraisal Institute national organization was not involved in developing or organizing the Program and does not endorse the Program or its content. 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 Appraisal Institute does not publish examination review materials. 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.

Seminar: Vineyard Valuation 2020
Aug
 

Our most popular one-day seminar returns to the Napa Valley in the summer of 2020! 

Watch for more details.


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.



Women's Initiative Committee - Interactive Chat
Sep
1
Location: It's Virtual, Participate from Where it is Most Convenient for You

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.  The format is designed to be casual, inviting and engaging.

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
RSVP Required by 8/27:  Only those pre-registered will be sent details to connect to the call.

Central California Branch Chapter - "Simply Social"
Sep
3
Location: Toledo's at Mission Village, Fresno

Get Connected in the Central Valley!

Come one, come all!  Designed for residential, commercial and agricultural appraisers and all allied real estate professionals who want to expand their networking and client opportunities.

Location: Toledo's at Mission Village,  367 E Shaw Ave, Fresno (close to freeway 41 exchange at Shaw)

Time:  5:30 pm until whenever

Details:  This is a "no-host" event; attendees are responsible for their own beverage / food purchases. Advanced reservations are not necessary - grab a colleague, your peers, clients and just show up!

Silicon Valley Branch Chapter “Direct Caffeination"
Sep
7
Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, San Mateo

Are you an early riser? Join us the first Monday of every month at 7AM at the Crystal Springs Starbucks.  It's informal, it's casual, it's strictly a buy-your-own coffee, chat and meet other local appraisers kind of deal, targeted at those of us that are up and working early. All are welcome to attend.

Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, 111 De Anza Blvd., San Mateo, conveniently located at the intersection of SH-92 and I-280.

Questions? Contact Clint Freeman, MAI.

Board of Directors Meeting
Sep
17
Workshop, Chapter Business Meeting & Networking Social
Sep
17
Residential Appraiser Project Team - Interactive Chat
Sep
22
Location: It's Virtual, Participate from Where it is Most Convenient for You

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
RSVP by 9/18.  Only those pre-registered will be sent details to connect to the chat.


Course: Advanced Market Analysis and Highest & Best Use
Sep
 

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.

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.

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

Course: Fundamentals of Separating Real Property, Personal Property, and Intangible Business Assets
Sep
 

Instructor: Kerry Jorgensen, MAI

Fundamentals of Separating Real Property, Personal Property, and Intangible Business Assets provides the theoretical and analytical framework for separating the tangible and intangible assets of real estate centric businesses. Through discussion, lecture, readings, and case studies, participants will apply the theory of the firm and the concept of economic profit to the solution of problems and case studies related to ad valorem taxation, eminent domain, loan underwriting, and transaction price allocation.

An overview of business valuation procedures and clarification of real estate and business valuation terminology will be provided so participants become familiar with the terminology relevant to separating asset values. The class will review the legal foundations for property rights, be introduced to the methodologies, and become aware of the controversial and unresolved issues in this field. Finally, participants will learn about allocating real estate, personal property, and intangible asset values.

Note. Fundamentals of Separating Real Property, Personal Property, and Intangible Business Assets contains diverse opinions regarding appraisal theory and applications. Neither this course nor the Appraisal Institute advocates a particular theory or method. Rather, each appraiser must come to his or her own conclusion based on the property type, local market customs, and scope of work.  All students are required to come to class with the text A Business Enterprise Value Anthology, 2nd ed (2011); it can be ordered online at the time of registration or directly from the Northern California Chapter Office - 925/932-7753. 

Course: General Appraiser Income Approach - Part 2
Sep
 

After a diagnostic quiz on the six financial functions of one and a brief review, General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 2 opens with a thorough treatment of discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis. Topics include identifying components of a DCF, projecting cash flows, analyzing leases, solving for value in a variety of common situations, and supporting the discount rate. The effects of debt financing including cash equivalence and equity analysis are covered in detail. Income patterns and property models including residual and other applications are followed by selecting and supporting the discount rate. Also presented are the strengths and weaknesses of direct and yield capitalization. The final section reviews and summarizes the mathematical concepts involved with income capitalization and prepares the participant for not only the course exam but also the certification exam.

Course: General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies
Sep
 

General Appraiser Report Writing & Case Studies provides instruction in effectively communicating a sound analysis of selected parts of a valuation. The course addresses USPAP requirements and the three types of writing most often used in appraisal reports: descriptive, numerical, and analytical. Lectures on writing principles, discussions of various sections of the appraisal report, and in-class writing exercises and presentations provide guidance and practice in effective communication of a valuation analysis.

Specific assignments include writing a thesis statement, summarizing data, creating effective tables, writing a conclusion, communicating highest and best use, communicating an analysis, writing a letter of transmittal, and writing a reconciliation and opinion of value. During this four-day course, participants will use data provided in case studies as the basis for writing assignments that will help them recognize and produce effective reports. A two-hour multiple-choice examination that focuses on components of good writing concludes the course.

Course: Residential Site Valuation & Cost Approach
Sep
 

Designed for participants with introductory experience and understanding of fundamental concepts of appraising, this course focuses on the valuation of vacant land parcels and the development of the cost approach. Develop your skills by creating a current cost estimate using market extraction, interview techniques, and information provided by professional cost data sources. An in-depth case study takes you from the origin of the appraisal assignment to a final value estimate using various cost approach applications. By successfully completing the course and exam, you will have met most states’ education requirements in the content area identified as residential site valuation and cost approach.

Central California Branch Chapter - "Simply Social"
Oct
1
Location: Toledo's at Mission Village, Fresno

Get Connected in the Central Valley!

Come one, come all!  Designed for residential, commercial and agricultural appraisers and all allied real estate professionals who want to expand their networking and client opportunities.

Location: Toledo's at Mission Village,  367 E Shaw Ave, Fresno (close to freeway 41 exchange at Shaw)

Time:  5:30 pm until whenever

Details:  This is a "no-host" event; attendees are responsible for their own beverage / food purchases. Advanced reservations are not necessary - grab a colleague, your peers, clients and just show up!

Silicon Valley Branch Chapter “Direct Caffeination"
Oct
5
Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, San Mateo

Are you an early riser? Join us the first Monday of every month at 7AM at the Crystal Springs Starbucks.  It's informal, it's casual, it's strictly a buy-your-own coffee, chat and meet other local appraisers kind of deal, targeted at those of us that are up and working early. All are welcome to attend.

Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, 111 De Anza Blvd., San Mateo, conveniently located at the intersection of SH-92 and I-280.

Questions? Contact Clint Freeman, MAI.

2020 Annual Fall Conference: Real Estate and Appraisal Symposium
Oct
9
Location: We Are Going Virtual!

Watch for Registration to Open in Late July!

2020 marks the 70th 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.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be retooling this year's conference - we are going virtual!  More specifc details to follow as we make this extraordinary delivery shift to a virtual classroom format.

Topics to include

  • Appraising in Uncertain Times: Best Practices to Manage Risk and Liability
  • Bay Area Commercial Market Update and Outlook (R+D, Office, Industrial, Retail)
  • Residential Hot Topics
  • Hospitality, Convention, Sports & Entertainment: Impact of COVID-19 on Assets with Perishible Inventory
  • Multi-Family Market Update
  • Construction Costs
  • Appraising After a Major Market Disruption: Guideance for the Residential Appraiser
  • Residential Highest and Best Use

Presenters
Peter Christensen, Attorney, Christensen Law Firm
Colin Yasukochi, Executive Director, Tech Insights Center, CBRE
Greg Matter, Managing Director, Northern California Industrial Co-Head, JLL
Thomas Hazinski, Managing Director – HVS Convention, Sports and Entertainment
Rebecca Frederick, Appraiser, Valbridge Property Advisors
Alison Teeman, Yovino-Young Inc.

Additional presneters to be announced

A Special Note About 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.

  • This program is being submitted to the California BREA, State Board of Equalization and the Appraisal Institute. IRWA, ASA and ASFMRA typically offer reciprocal credit for AI approved offerings; check with your organization specifically for confirmation of reciprocal credit especially since this is a virtual classroom presentation.

  • 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.   

  • It is the student's responsibility to have the required equipment - dependable Internet access, computer, webcam and microphone. 

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: Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies/Part 1
Oct
14 - 15
Location: San Diego

This two-day course meets AQB criteria. In Part 1 of a two-part course package, you will apply appraisal techniques to solve a complex residential case study appraisal assignment. You will put your knowledge of terminology, concepts, procedures, and methods to the test as you demonstrate competence in the areas of appraisal analysis learned in previous courses.

By successfully completing the course and exam, you will have met most states' education requirements in the content area identified as advanced residential applications and case studies. Individuals who are seeking the Appraisal Institute SRA designation may take this course and Advanced Residential Report Writing/Part 2 as an alternative to completing the Residential Demonstration Report requirement.

This offering is sponsored by the Appraisal Institute National headquarters.  For questions or more information contact education@appraisalinstitute.org or 312/335-4207.

New Appraisal Professionals "Simply Social"
Oct
14
Location: TBD

Are you an appraisal trainee, a recently designated member or consider yourself a young appraisal professional looking for a networking event geared specifically for you?  Well, you just found it!

We will plan to meet up (location still being determined) for no-host beverages and appetizers starting at 5:00pm!  Can't get there by 5:00pm? No worries, just show up when you can.  We will hang out until whenever . . .

All are welcome to this new, fun, welcoming, casual, no pressure social event!  You get the picture - it's informal.

Questions?  Contact Matt Atwood

Course: Advanced Residential Report Writing/Part 2
Oct
16 - 20
Location: San Diego

This four-day course meets AQB criteria. In Part 2 of a two-course package, you will be provided with the tools to write sections of a narrative report. You will complete eight writing assignments based on sections of a narrative appraisal report for the case study property you analyzed in Part 1. Successful completion of this course should increase your ability to 1) apply a wide range of appraisal procedures to solve complex appraisal problems and 2) use a narrative reporting format with confidence to explain and support your conclusions convincingly. By successfully completing the course and exam, you will have met most states’ education requirements in the content area identified as an appraisal subject matter elective. Individuals who are seeking the Appraisal Institute SRA designation may take this course and Advanced Residential Applications and Case Studies/Part 1 as an alternative to the Residential Demonstration Report requirement.

This offering is sponsored by the Appraisal Institute National headquarters.  For questions or more information contact education@appraisalinstitute.org or 312/335-4207.

Course: Review Case Studies - Residential
Oct
 

Review Case Studies-Residential is unlike anything you’ve experienced in other review courses. In this two-day course, you will apply the review process that you learned in Review Theory-Residential by walking through a case study that focuses on a two-stage review assignment. Day one begins with a quick refresher of review concepts. From there, you will work on an assignment that gets dropped on your desk much like it does in real life. Working in groups, as well as individually, you’ll identify and analyze the components of the case study review assignment.

For many, this will be the first opportunity to work through all seven steps of the review process and apply them within a simulated, very real-to-life assignment. Problem identification and scope of work is where the process begins and that quickly leads to the tougher analytical work where you’ll analyze the subject appraisal report and develop opinions of completeness, accuracy, adequacy, relevance, and reasonableness (including tests of reasonableness). From there, you’ll learn to develop opinions of appropriateness and creditability to both the appraiser’s development work as well as opinions on whether the appraiser’s report is appropriate and not misleading—including the reviewer’s development of reasons for disagreement.

Day two begins with the reviewer’s development of his or own opinion of value in this two-stage review assignment. You will analyze additional field data to facilitate review decisions whether the opinion of value in the subject appraisal report is credible. From the start of the case study, you will take notes to prepare an individual review report which is submitted to the instructor (the review supervisor) before the exam.

If you’re an appraiser, reviewer, or other real estate professional who regularly works with reviews, this hands-on, application-based course is for you!

Course: Review Theory - General
Oct
 

Review Theory—General is the fundamental review course that all reviewers of assignments involving income-producing and other nonresidential properties should have in their educational background. It is a required course for individuals pursuing the Appraisal Institute General Review Designation (AI-GRS, Appraisal Institute General Review Specialist).

At the core of this course is the review process. Participants explore the seven steps outlined in this process as they apply to nonresidential properties. 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 to develop reconciled opinions of appropriateness and credibility.

The material provides a refresher on key valuation skills often required of reviewers, such as measuring financial feasibility in highest and best use analysis and various applications of the income capitalization approach. In addition, the course covers reporting reviews for income-producing property and the use of commercial review report forms, narrative reports, and oral review reports. Participants will gain practice in writing a scope of work statement for three types of assignments. They will also develop a template for a narrative review report on a property type of their choice (office, retail, apartment, etc.). By taking this course, participants will gain invaluable confidence in the fundamentals of review.

POSTPONED: Hotel Tour - Grand Hyatt at SFO
Oct
 
Location: Grand Hyatt at SFO, San Francisco

In light of the current situation surrounding COVID-19, and in response to recent guidance from the Governor and the California Department of Public Health, a decision has been made to postpone this event. 

We are working on alternatives - Watch for details.

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at a full service hotel?  See the "back of house" and many other aspects of the newly opened Grand Hyatt at SFO, including examples of the:

  • 351 guestrooms
  • 14,435 sq. ft. of flexible event space
  • 5,760 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom and a 2,310 sq. ft. Junior Ballroom
  • 8,000 sq. ft. of pre-function area
  • 18 meeting rooms ideal for fly-in / fly-out groups
  • Direct connectivity to all SFO terminals via the hotel’s own AirTrain Station
  • Quail & Crane Restaurant
  • Twin Crafts Market & Bar
  • Hyatt StayFit gym

Following a management-led tour of the new facility and then gather in the hotel bar for networking with other Counselors and Appraisal Institute members.

This unique event is jointly sponsored by the Northern California Chapters of the Appraisal Institute and Counselors of Real Estate.  There is no CEC available for this event.

Silicon Valley Branch Chapter “Direct Caffeination"
Nov
2
Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, San Mateo

Are you an early riser? Join us the first Monday of every month at 7AM at the Crystal Springs Starbucks.  It's informal, it's casual, it's strictly a buy-your-own coffee, chat and meet other local appraisers kind of deal, targeted at those of us that are up and working early. All are welcome to attend.

Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, 111 De Anza Blvd., San Mateo, conveniently located at the intersection of SH-92 and I-280.

Questions? Contact Clint Freeman, MAI.

Central California Branch Chapter - "Simply Social"
Nov
5
Location: Toledo's at Mission Village, Fresno

Get Connected in the Central Valley!

Come one, come all!  Designed for residential, commercial and agricultural appraisers and all allied real estate professionals who want to expand their networking and client opportunities.

Location: Toledo's at Mission Village,  367 E Shaw Ave, Fresno (close to freeway 41 exchange at Shaw)

Time:  5:30 pm until whenever

Details:  This is a "no-host" event; attendees are responsible for their own beverage / food purchases. Advanced reservations are not necessary - grab a colleague, your peers, clients and just show up!

Workshop, Chapter Business Meeting & Networking Social
Nov
12
Workshop, Chapter Business Meeting & Networking Social
Nov
12
General Demonstration Report-Capstone Program
Nov
16 - 22
Location: Irvine

The General Demonstration Report—Capstone Program is an option Candidates for Designation may choose to complete their demonstration of knowledge requirement for their MAI designation. Like the traditional requirement, the program calls for the skills and knowledge base necessary to produce a complete demonstration appraisal report. However, this program offers an option that accelerates the completion of the report. Instead of selecting and compiling data on a property, participants are provided with a subject property and data to analyze and then write the report in a limited time span of approximately 2 months. Participants must attend two webinars and a 6.5-day classroom session where facilitators will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance. The full report must be submitted for grading no later than noon on the seventh day.

The program is designed to be completed in approximately 2 months; therefore, participants must realize they will need to commit a considerable amount of that time to analysis and writing tasks PRIOR to the classroom setting. One pre-class writing assignment (fundamental market analysis) is required before the second webinar. Participants will need to spend a minimum of 200–250 hours to complete this program successfully. And during the classroom session, participants should expect to work on their reports after the 7-hour days spent in the classroom—10 to 12 hours a day that week will not be unusual. 

Don't Delay - Register Today!  This offering will sell-out.

This offering is sponsored by the Appraisal Institute National headquarters.  For questions or more information contact education@appraisalinstitute.org or 312/335-4207.

Course: General Appraiser Sales Comparison Approach
Nov
 
Commercial Symposium 2020: Appraising Unique and Special Purpose Properties
Dec
4
Location: Oakland

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


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.


Silicon Valley Branch Chapter “Direct Caffeination"
Dec
7
Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, San Mateo

Are you an early riser? Join us the first Monday of every month at 7AM at the Crystal Springs Starbucks.  It's informal, it's casual, it's strictly a buy-your-own coffee, chat and meet other local appraisers kind of deal, targeted at those of us that are up and working early. All are welcome to attend.

Location: Crystal Springs Starbucks, 111 De Anza Blvd., San Mateo, conveniently located at the intersection of SH-92 and I-280.

Questions? Contact Clint Freeman, MAI.

Course: Advanced Income Capitalization
Dec
 

The 35-hour Advanced Income Capitalization 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.

Advanced Income Capitalization builds on topics covered in the General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 1 and General Appraiser Income Approach/Part 2 courses. It introduces additional topics that a seasoned general appraiser can expect to meet in everyday practice. The course features a limited review of material covered in the previous income courses to maximize the time available for advanced topics.

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

Course: National USPAP Update (7-Hour)
Dec
 


This offering will be based on the recently released 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.

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

NEW!  Effective 10/01/19 tuition rate listed below includes the downloadable course handbook materials.  Additional fee(s) apply for those who want the printed course handbook pre-shipped.  Shipping fee determined at time of online checkout.

Seminar: Federal and California Statutory and Regulatory Laws (4-Hours)
Dec
 

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.

 

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.