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Education / Events

  • Dates, locations & instructors are subject to change.
  • Interested attendees are encouraged to register early as we reserve the right to cancel any program due to low attendance.
  • For information on the new AQB (Appraiser Qualifications Board) Requirements that went into effect on January 1, 2008 visit
September 2016
Course: Application and Interpretation of Simple Linear Regression
29 - 30
Location: University of Phoenix, Oakland

Instructor(s): John Urubek, MAI

This two-day course is designed for appraisal professionals who want to learn how to use Microsoft® Excel to apply 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 you 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. For more information, click here.

AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $475
Standard / Non-AI - $575

North Bay Branch Chapter Workshop and Networking Social: "What's Up with North Bay Real Estate?"
Location: American AgCredit, Santa Rosa

Join us to hear and learn about various trends and issues affecting North Bay real estate at the brand new, architecturally significant American AgCredit Building (at Airport & Aviation Boulevards). 

We’ll hear about the impact of cannabis on real estate and the economy in Sonoma County; we’ll get an update on the SMART Train and how it affects transportation, jobs and housing in Marin and Sonoma Counties; we’ll hear from BLU Homes, the home builder that has put green and aesthetics into manufactured homes; and we’ll hear from American AgCredit – they lend on agricultural properties and they have their own appraisal staff who are experts in agricultural valuations.

  • How has the marijuana industry impacted local real estate?
  • How will passage of Prop 64 (California Marijuana Legalization) impact North Bay real estate?
  • Update on the SMART train: San Rafael to the Sonoma County Airport
  • Projected ridership and fares
  • Planned real estate projects adjacent to SMART stations
  • The concept of prefabricated, modern-designed, green architecture
  • What a firm such as BluHomes offers to the housing market
  • How BluHomes are manufactured
  • Lending to the Agricultural Industry
  • How Ag Lenders work

Tawnie Logan, Executive Director, Sonoma County Cannibas Growers
Matthew Stevens
, Community Outreach Specialist, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (The SMART Train)
Carrie Hunt
, VP of Sales, Blu Homes
Clay Popko
, VP and Lending Manager, American AgCredit

The 3-hour workshop will be followed by a networking reception on the rooftop patio!

AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $60
Standard / Non-AI - $75


Course: Advanced Income Capitalization
12 - 16
Location: Bay East Association of REALTORS (New facility - they've relocated to Koll Center Parkway), Pleasanton

ONLY opportunity to catch this course "LIVE" in Northern California in 2016

"Gary presents the material in a manageable and challenging way.  He mixes material and real-world concepts very well."

Instructor(s): Gary DeWeese, MAI

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.

EARLY REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Registration closes on August 29 (pending availability)
AI Designated Members and Candidates for Designation - $745

Standard / Non-AI - $1,065

Board of Directors Meeting
Location: Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Lafayette
Workshop, Chapter Business Meeting & Networking Social: "Finding Evidence to Estimate a Loss in Value"
Location: Lafayette Library & Learning Center, Lafayette

An increasing number of appraisal assignments call for estimating the loss in market value resulting from some cause. Often, these assignments could have the potential to end up with testimony in front of an arbitrator, a judge, or a jury. These could involve many different kinds or types of potentially-value impacting problems. Nearly always, the work requires an appraisal of the property with and without the problem. And usually one of the biggest problems is finding evidence to support an opinion of the value of the property with the problem. This 3-hour workshop will focus solely on that difficult question: ideas that may lead you to evidence for or against a loss in value.

  • Have you had difficulty supporting an opinion of value loss?
  • Is there good evidence to support every opinion of value loss?
  • What is the risk of being disqualified?
  • What evidence commonly can be found to support an opinion?
  • What about trend studies?
  • How important is interviewing likely to be?
  • How important are lender attitudes?
  • How good is good enough?

Workshop Presenter: Richard M. Betts, MAI, SRA

AI Designated Members, Candidates for Designation & Affiliates - $90
Standard / Non-AI - $100

RICS Northern California presents Reducing Hospital Design and Construction Costs Roundtable
Location: CBRE Conference Room - 101 California Street, 44th Floor, San Francisco

This round table hosted by RICS Northern California features an illuminating discussion on reducing design and construction costs for hospitals. Building Solutions Design (BSD) ideas led to longer building life expectancy, flexible components and better programming. The Veterans Association Hospital Building System (VAHBS) was the result of these endeavors. VAHBS methods are in enthusiastic use today, consistently producing savings in construction time and renovation and maintenance costs over traditionally designed medical facilities. The VAHBS buildings are expected to last at least a hundred years and have weathered many changes in health delivery methods and policies during their years of service.

Presenters include:
David Claydon RIBA
Gordon Beveridge FRICS
Andrew Golland RIBA, Int’l Assoc. AIA

For questions or additional information contact Ethel Rubio at

Course: The Appraiser as an Expert Witness