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Greetings to Washington State Appraiser’s and the Appraiser’s Coalition of Washington Supporters…

Wow, March, 2018 is upon us.  This year is moving quickly.  Here is the March update!

As previously published; ACOW submitted 3 bills to the 2018 legislation.  Unfortunately, none of the bills made it through this years short session.  The fee bill never made it out of the rules committee.  And while the statutes of limitation/inactive license bill did make it out of the rules committee, it was never presented on the senate floor.  Our state senators spent most of the day discussing the death penalty that day, which lead to the death of our bill as well as many others.

Not to worry.  This was not a waist of time.  While we did not get the bills through, we did get the attention of a number of state senators and representatives.  We have learned from this and we will pick ourselves up, refine these bills, and submit them again next session!

ACOW wants to thank everyone that participated in this years legislative activities!  Really, without your support, we would not have gotten as far as we did.  And like I said, it’s not over.  We will need your support next time around!

All of the legislative information on this page has been moved to the Legislative Page of this site.

So, what’s next?

TAF/Education Update

TAF/AQB has published they incorporated the education and training requirements previously published in the 4th Exposure Draft. While the AQB can set the minimum standards, states may choose to adopt some, all, or none of the AQB’s new requirements. ACOW has met on this and is making recommendations to the Department of Licensing as to what the standards should be. Our thoughts are based on discussions with appraisers in the field. If you have some thoughts on this, feel free to speak up.

May 4th – May 6th  – Association of Appraisers Regulatory Officials – Spring Conference.

This event is happening right here in Seattle!  This conference is a gathering of the officials that regulate you, the appraiser.  Regulators from across the country attend this event.  So if you want to see what is going on, I encourage you to plan to attend this event.  In regards to location, this is as close as this event will be to you for years to come.  So it is a great opportunity.

These are the people that regulate what you do.  Lenders, AMC’s, and other government agencies will be there, including TAF.  It is important that appraisers be there too!  More information is available on the below link.

AARO Link:  http://www.memberleap.com/Calendar/moreinfo.php?eventid=6050

August 16th – August 17th – ACOW Summer Conference

This years conference will be at the La Quinta Inn in Tacoma, WA.  It will be packed with information for the boots on the ground appraiser.  Those in attendance will receive 14 hours of continuing education for attending both days and 7 hours for attending of of the two days.  One of this years highlights will be a presentation from John Brenan, Director of Appraisal Issues, The Appraisal Foundation.

The board of directors is in the final stage of organizing this years event and we hope to have the full schedule published within the next month.  So mark your calendar and stay tuned for more exciting news on this event.


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In 2016 the Supreme Court – Hirst Decision dramatically affected any development of individually owned parcels throughout the state. New water wells were prohibited unless the Property Owner could provide absolute proof that any withdrawn ground water would not affect other property or the ability of fish to swim up rivers and streams.

This decision caused county assessors to ‘devalue’ vast tracts of land in the affected areas.

Good News – The House and Senate have approved, and the Governor signed, a bill to restore the ability of property owners to have wells dug so that potable water can be obtained. It took effect immediately upon the Governor’s signing on January 18th, 2018.

The details of exactly how ‘water rights’ will be restored to the affected areas are not clear. It appears to leave it up to the Counties and Department of Ecology to work out what and how things will be done. So it is unknown if this will be a smooth process.

Appraisers should continue to monitor this situation in their local areas.

Restoring of water rights will result in the modification of property values upwardly. This may also increase the number of vacant land sales in outlying areas by people who decided to sit on their property after the Supreme Court decision until the issue was resolved.

We want to thank Dave Towne for this important update.

The new bill can be seen below.


The Appraisers’ Coalition of Washington (ACOW) is a Washington non-profit corporation organized by the Washington chapters of all appraisal organizations that are member organizations of the Appraisal Foundation Advisory Council.
The purposes of ACOW are as follows:
  • To educate and communicate with members of the appraisal profession or with any persons concerned with valuation of real or personal property in Washington about legislative and regulatory issues.
  • To support the maintenance and improvement of The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) and its effective enforcement by the State of Washington.
  • To foster and promote the appraisal profession to the general public through education, research, and publications.
  • To raise the funds necessary to administer its activities and to carry out its purposes and objectives.

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