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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.
July 2020
"Virtual" Workshop: Understanding Legal Parcels and Descriptions - What Makes it Legal?
Location: It's Virtual, Learn Where it is Most Convenient for You

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

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.  [As of today, registration is not yet open.]

  • 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.
  • Zoom Link:  Registrants should check their in boxes (including spam).The zoom link was sent at 6:00pm on 6/29 to all confirmed registrants who have provided their previously requested  DL's / Photo IDs. The link cannot be sent to those who have not provided their DL's/Photo IDs to lisa@norcal-ai.org.  If you still need to submit your DL, please do so ASAP and have the subject line in your email read "DL [insert your LAST NAME ] - Legal Parcels - June 2020".

LIMITED AVAILABILITY - Secure Your Spot Today!
Appraisal Institute Designated Members, Candidates and Affiliates - $50
Standard / Non-Appraisal Institute - $65

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.

Board of Directors Meeting (Interactive / Call-In)
"Virtual Chat" Silicon Valley Branch Chapter Hosts - Let's Talk! Residential Housing Market
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

  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 was sent to all confirmed registrants around 8:50AM on Tuesday, July 21 (PDT).  Registrants should double-check their spam / junk files to ensure it did not land there in error.

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