[caption id="attachment_7376" align="alignnone" width="800"] Barber House in Point Douglas, circa 1862[/caption] 2016 marks the 13th annual Doors Open Winnipeg, a free event put on by Heritage Winnipeg that opens up buildings of historical and architectural interest to the public. Dozens of buildings and sites are available May 28-29. Volunteers offer a variety of tours. Many of the buildings remain “working” buildings rather than museums. This year’s offerings include the Burton Cummings Theatre, Mariaggi Hotel, Government House, Red Road Lodge (the former Occidental Hotel), and the ever-popular Vaughan Street Jail. The City of Winnipeg is getting into the act with Animal Services at 1057 Logan open for the
The world’s tallest wooden building is under construction on the UBC campus in Vancouver. Brock Commons Student Residence will be 18 storeys or 174 feet high. The $51.5 million project is slated to provide housing for 404 students. It will have a hybrid structural system with a one-storey concrete podium, two concrete cores and 17 storeys of mass timber. The timber structure carries the vertical loads and the two concrete cores give lateral stability. One of the mandates of the project is to demonstrate a cost effective structural system of wood and concrete that will compare to traditional concrete and
Do you know any one interested in the Real Property Assessment profession? Red River College, (with Sauder School of Business at UBC) is offering two core courses in the Real Property Assessment Certificate , and the Diploma Program in Urban Land Economics. Students now have the option of classroom learning in addition to distance education. These two courses focus on the appraisal of single-family and small, multi-family residential properties, using the latest techniques of investment and statistical analysis in a real estate context. BUSA 1121 - Real Estate Mathematics (UBC) This course (equivalent to UBC 121) is being offered right now for
Fifty years ago this month, AAOM published its April 1966 newsletter. Look inside this vintage issue to see: Announcement of the 6th annual conference News item welcoming new member Bernie McMullen Assessment "humor" Assessment "poetry" and more...
[caption id="attachment_6707" align="alignnone" width="671"] 2016 Home Sales projection: 0 to 2% sale price increase [/caption] It was bacon and eggs and house prices on January 27. Winnipeg Realtors rolled out their annual forecast for 2016 and looked back at the 2015 results.Peter Squire, Director of Public Affairs, said the rising number of listings in recent years has been a “game-changer.” Listings reached 24,603 in 2015. While dollar volume and the number of residential -detached sales have been relatively steady, the market has been tilting toward buyers. Home prices rose less than 3% and condo prices actually fell 1%. Average days on
Welcome New Members Welcoming two new members for 2016: Trysha Caldwell, and Stephen Needham Both are from the City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Department. Retirements Congratulations to Mike Colatruglio who retired on January 26th, 2016 from the City of Winnipeg Assessment and Taxation Department. [caption id="attachment_6736" align="alignleft" width="320"] L to R: Marc (Mike’s son – now working in the Assessment Department and a new member in the AAOM) Mike (the guest of honour); Russ Topolniski (friend, co-worker and party planner!)[/caption] On January 24th, Mike was feted at a retirement gathering at Hermanos Restaurant. Many of Mike’s relatives, friends and
A New Voluntary Recertification Cycle began on January 1, 2016 with zero credits for all AAM members. Cycle has changed from 4 years to 3 years and 20 credits will still be needed to recertify.
Retirement Congratulations, Norm Babiuk, AAM on his retirement from the City Assessment & Taxation Department on Jan. 4. Norm was a member of the AAOM for 26 years. Best of luck in your future endeavours, Norm. Appointment Congratulations, Lloyd Funk, AAM on his appointment to the position of Director of Assessment Services for the Province of Manitoba Congratulations, New Designees: From the City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Department who hold the Accredited Assessor, Manitoba designation as at January 7, 2016: Valene Bertrand AAM #227 Amanda Evans AAM #228 Welcome, New members of December 2015: From Provincial Assessment
[lead]Three days in the Dells: How Iowa appeals; Reviewing commercial appraisals; and valuation issues of medical offices, and waterfront properties. [/lead] [caption id="attachment_6494" align="alignleft" width="141"] By Mirek Frolek, AAM[/caption] In June of 2015, I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 North Central Regional Association of Assessing Officers (NCRAAO) in the Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. The conference was held at the Chula Vista Resort which was located along the Wisconsin River. The conference consisted of a three day educational session which ran from June 15 to the 17th. At 3 am on June 15th, I left Winnipeg for the
Chalk up another victory for the digital age. ComFree,the sell-it-yourself company created in 1997, has ceased publication of their monthly listings magazine-Homes. This is no reflection on business volume. In a time when some homeowners are selling on Kijiji, most shoppers have probably being using the ComFree website. The company was also certified as a real estate broker in Manitoba early in 2015. Clients can now advertise on the Multiple Listings Service in Manitoba for added exposure. ComFree Homes magazine: gone the way of the Dodo.
Once again, January brings the annual shock from the West Coast. The B.C. Assessment Authority has released their list for 2016 of the top valued home assessments in the province . As always, it is hair-raising viewing. The Vancouver Sun reports that as many as 55,000 British Columbia homeowners are now above the previous year’s $1.1 million threshold for receiving the provincial homeowner’s grant on their property tax. The highest assessment was $63,870,000 for a home in Vancouver’s Kitsilano district. Vancouver home: nearly $64 million in assessed value for 2016. Number two was in Point Grey(Vancouver) at $57,058,000. Third place
AAOM's 60th anniversary Conference is set for Wednesday & Thursday, May 4 & 5, 2016. The AAOM is returning to the Best Western Plus, 1715 Wellington Avenue in Winnipeg. More details TBA in the new year.
The AAOM Executive Council extends best wishes to all members for a safe and joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy 2016.
Welcome New Members Please welcome the following members who joined AAOM in 2015: Svetlana Schaible, and Matt Burokas from the City Assessment & Taxation Department Brenda Wegleitner, TannisBohn, Jennifer Brandt, Kelly Fehr, Liz Leatherdale from Provincial Assessment Services. Congratulations New Designee Congratulation to Jason Brown (City of Winnipeg Assessment & Taxation Department) who completed all the requirements for an Accredited Assessor, Manitoba designation No. 226 effective Sept. 29, 2015. Membership Renewal Membership Renewal Notices for 2016 will be e mailed by the Administration Office prior to December 1st to all current AAOM members. As in previous years, you
Submitted by Carol Lyons [dropcap]T[/dropcap]here were 148 delegates at the AAOM’s 59th Annual Professional Development Symposium on May 13 & 14, 2015, which was the highest number of registrants in many years. This was my 16th or 17th Conference as AAOM’s Administrative Assistant and it was wonderful to see such a great turnout! _ Seventy-four assessors from the Province registered for the Symposium – almost the entire assessment staff. Dave Doolan, a Co-Chair of the AAOM Conference Committee, worked behind the scenes promoting the Symposium to the Province to encourage the attendance of the assessors in lieu of their annual
[caption id="attachment_6282" align="alignleft" width="150"] By Lloyd Funk, AAM[/caption] On September 13-16, 2015, I attended the 81st International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana as a representative of the AAOM. Monday morning began with the opening ceremonies. Since Indianapolis is home to the Indianapolis 500, the conference title and theme were appropriately penned Racing Toward Assessment Innovation. It’s at the opening ceremonies that you realize how large an event an IAAO conference is and the far reaching influence of the organization. The conference had over 1,100 attendees from nearly every corner of the globe including Europe, Korea, Guam,