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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
November 2019
Central California Branch Chapter - Chapter Meeting & "Simply Social"
Location: Toledo's at Mission Village, Fresno
Economic & Real Estate Forecast 2020-2025
Location: St. Mary's College - Soda Center, Moraga

St. Mary's College of California - School of Economics and Business Administration (SMC/SEBA) Finance Club invites you to join them from 5:00-7:30pm for a Reception & Networking followed by Speakers and Q&A.

The economy is top of mind in the news as some economic indicators have decidedly turned negative.  Meanwhile, job growth and spending remain sound.  Have we finally reached the end of a long economic cycle?  Hear from the experts what indicators they’re watching, where real estate opportunities remain and what key risks are lurking. 

Vanessa Gutierrez
Elizabeth Davis - Dean SEBA
Aly Henry - President Finance Club

Program Speakers:
Dr. Jack Rasmus, SEBA Economics Professor
Robert Sammons, Research Director Cushman & Wakefield
Colin Yasukochi, Director Research and Analysis, CB Richard Ellis
Nicole O'Keefe, Senior Market Analyst, Kidder Mathews
Heather Belfor, Research Manager Silicon Valley, Jones Lang LaSalle
Albert Nguyen, President Elect, SMC SBA Finance Club

Sponsors include:

  • Appraisal Institute - Northern California Chapter (AI)
  • Financial Women San Francisco (FWSF)
  • Stanford Professionals in Real Estate (SPIR)
  • Counselors of Real Estate (CRE)
  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • CB Richard Ellis (CBRE)
  • Kidder Mathews
  • Cushman & Wakefield (C&W)
  • Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
  • Institutional Real Estate Inc. (IREI)
  • Mechanics Bank
  • SEBA Economics Club
  • Institutional Real Estate Inc. (IREI)
  • Menlo College Real Estate Program
  • Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM)
  • New York Life

This event is being hosted by St. Mary's College of California - School of Economics and Business Administration (SMC/SEBA) Finance Club.  For more information contact: Dr. Lawrence A. Souza (Advisor) Cell/Text: (415) 713-0213 Email: Lsouza@; Aly Henry (President Finance Club) Cell/Text: (925) 951-7448 Email: akh3@  Registration is free for those who pre-register.  NOTE:  Neither Appraisal Institute nor BREA CEC is availble for this offering.

Silicon Valley Branch Chapter “Direct Caffeination"
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
Location: Holiday Inn, Dublin
Workshop, Chapter Business Meeting & Networking Social
Location: Holiday Inn , Dublin

Independent Contractors and Rent Control

Join us for a 2-hour dual-topic presentation on two timely issues that will have a significant impact on all appraisers regardless of speciality or license level.  Get in front of the curve and be prepared for 2020!

Are the days of the being an Independent Contractor coming to an end for appraisers (AB 5)?

  • Engaging an appraiser as an independent contractor has been business as usual in our profession since the beginning.  A recent court case (Dynamex) resulted in the creation of a new state law that creates a higher standard for qualifying as an independent contractor.  This new law can impact any appraiser who works as or engages others as independent contractors.  Don't miss what a specialist in employment and labor laws has to say!

Rent Control to go Statewide (AB 1482)

  • You’ll want the details on the New State Rent Control Law that can have an impact on rental properties ranging from Single Family Residences and Condominiums through multi-unit apartment buildings. 

Presenters include
Jordan Ferguson, Esq., Locke Lord LLP
Denis DeSaix, MAI, SRA, Metrocal Appraisal

Following the workshop, don't rush into traffic!  Hang out and enjoy appetizers and no-host beverages and mix and mingle with your peers and discuss the issues that affect you the professional real estate appraiser! Join us immediately following the workshop for a brief chapter meeting that includes an update on chapter, regional and national Appraisal Institute issues. Plus, cheer on our newest designated members as they are presented with their designation certificates.

BEST VALUE RATE:  Register by 11/08
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $20
Standard / Non-Appraisal Institute - $25

Register after 11/08
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $25
Standard / Non-Appraisal Institute - $35

Silicon Valley Branch Chapter “Simply Social"
Location: Yard House at Santana Row, San Jose

Get Connected in the Silicon Valley!

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

Location:  Yard House, 300 Santana Row, Suite 101, San Jose

Time:  5:00pm until whenever (TGIF)

The Simple Details:  Buy-your-own-beer (or beverages) and appetizers. Advanced reservations are not necessary - grab a colleague, your peers, clients and just show up!

Questions? Contact Clint Freeman, MAI.