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Practical Highest and Best Use

    Date: September 27, 2019, Take Advantage of our BEST VALUE RATE: Register by 6/19 - Save up to $95!   Location: Lafayette, CA
  Local Area Topics  
Category  Electives [E]  
Attendance Hours  7.0  
Current Price  $ 200.00 AI Price *  
$ 235.00 Full Price *  
* SAVE! early registration
John H. Urubek, MAI  
Name  Lafayette Library and Learning Center  
Address  3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard  
   Arts & Science Room  
City  Lafayette  
State  CA  
Zip  94549  
  Sponsor / Contact  
Chapter  Northern California
Contact Name  Lisa M. Estes  
Phone  (925) 932-7753  
Fax  (925) 932-7754  
Don't miss this practical seminar. It will strengthen the logic and support in every-day appraisal reports.

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. 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.

Seminar Developer and Instructor: John Urubek, MAI

- Review many basic concepts of H&B use
- Define key terms like “support” and “reasonably probable”
- Identify the four components of a proper H&B use conclusion
- Differentiate the four tests from the four conclusions
- Identifies the five (5) most likely buyer types
- Explore and develop supportable conclusions for nine atypical, real-world situations where H&B use was initially uncertain
- Detail practical procedures to help appraisers develop a proper H&B use conclusion for both typical and very atypical appraisal problems
- Clarify the four test of H&B use

Designed for both Residential and Commercial appraisers
Laptops are NOT required, nor are calculators. Students should bring a pen/pencil to write with.
There are no specific prerequisite programs. Registrants should have a basic understanding of appraisal principles and procedures for this continuing education seminar.
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Cancellation Policy
  • Up To 14 days prior to program start date, $45.00 cancellation fee.
  • 7 - 13 days prior to program start date, $60.00 cancellation fee.
  • Less than 7 days prior to program start date, forfeit of payment.
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Cancellation Policy
Written cancellations can be emailed to We reserve the right to substitute instructors, change facilities, to cancel or modify this program if sufficient registrations are not received by August 15 or due to other circumstances beyond our control. In the event of cancellation, tuition fees will be refunded. All other costs incurred are the registrant’s responsibility.

Special Accommodations
Special accommodations are available for individuals who have been professionally diagnosed as physically or learning disabled and can provide appropriate documentation in writing prior to the offering. Without advanced notification, accommodation may not be available.

Neither the Appraisal Institute nor the facility in which this event is being held is liable for lost or damaged items. This includes but is not limited to calculators, laptops, cell phones, etc. By registering for this event, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time and that your contact information may be placed in a roster designed for networking purposes.

This Educational Program was developed by John Urubek, MAI, and organized by the Northern California Chapter of the Appraisal Institute 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 this offering 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.

Program materials will be picked up at the site.
  Additional Information  

Seminar Location
Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Arts & Science Discovery Room
3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard (at First Street)
Lafayette, CA

>>>>> Park onsite in the Library's Garage! The limited parking signs in the LLLC garage DO NOT APPLY to this offering; so take advantage of the onsite complimentary parking in the library garage.<<<<

Seminar Materials and Hours
Onsite check-in will begin at 8:00am on Friday, September 27. Instruction will run from 8:30am – 4:30pm. Seminar materials will be distributed at onsite registration.

None! Laptops are NOT required, nor are calculators. Students should bring a pen/pencil to write with.

Optional Texts
While the following texts are not required for this offering - they are great additions to every appraisal library and can be purchased directly from the Northern California Chapter - 925/932-7753.

The Appraisal of Real Estate, 14th ed
AI - $103
Standard / Non-AI - $135.50
Add $7.25 for advanced shipment of text

The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal, 6th ed (2015)
AI - $103
Standard / Non-AI - $135.50
Add $7.35 for advanced shipment of text

Text prices include CA Sales Tax. All texts are sent via U.S. Mail or UPS. Shipping fees do not apply to pre-reserved texts that are held for pick-up at onsite registration. To order texts, please contact the Chapter Office at 925/932-7753 or by September 9.

Education Credit Hours
Full (100%) attendance is required for education credit; partial credit not available.

Appraisal Institute: Appraisal Institute Designated Members and Practicing Affiliates can earn 35 CEC points with full attendance.

BREA Basic/Qualifying: Practical Highest and Best Use is not approved for BREA QE/BE credit.

BREA Continuing: Practical Highest and Best Use is being submitted for 7-hours of BREA CEC for licensed/certified appraisers seeking renewal credit. Full (100%) attendance is required.

SBE Training Credit: Practical Highest and Best Use is being submitted for 7-hours of SBE training credit for property tax appraisers. Full (100%) attendance is required.

The following hotels are within 1-5 miles of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center:

Diablo Mountain Inn - 925/937-5050
2079 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek

Lafayette Park Hotel – 877/283-8787
3287 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette

Embassy Suites at Pleasant Hill BART – 925/934-2500
1345 Treat Boulevard, Walnut Creek

Guest rooms have not been blocked at any of the hotels above. For additional lodging options in the Lafayette/Walnut Creek area visit

Directions, BART & Parking
- For best results when using your navigation system, enter the complete/exact street address - 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette.
- Ample complimentary onsite parking is available underground in the library's parking garage (enter garage off of Golden Gate Way).
>>>> The limited parking signs in the LLLC garage DO NOT APPLY to this offering; so take advantage of the onsite complimentary parking.<<<<
- Take Public Transportation! The Lafayette Library & Learning Center is conveniently located in downtown Lafayette and is within walking distance of the Lafayette BART station.

Verification of Attendance
Verified certificates will be returned to you via regular within 15-working days of the conclusion of this offering.

Dress in Layers
Meeting room temperatures are often difficult to control. Therefore, for your comfort, we recommend that you dress in layers.

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