Hello North Star Chapter members,

Happy Summer! This is a busy time of year for us all, so I will keep this message brief with a few highlights from the first half of the year.

On June 6th, we held the 21st Annual Real Estate Trends Seminar. This is by far our most popular event every year, and once again we had a wonderful turnout. We want to thank our event sponsors: REDI (Platinum), Appraisal Institute Insurance Trust (Gold), and CoStar (Silver) for helping us make this event a success. One of the highlights of the day was certainly our commercial session speaker Murray Kornberg, who returned as a presenter for the 16th(!) year in a row with his Capital Markets Update. His session was certainly a fan favorite once again! Attendees will have also noticed that this year we tried to broaden our horizons quite literally, by including more upstate and rural topics, like our commercial session on the Fargo-Moorhead market and a general session on agricultural trends in the greater five state area. We hope to continue bringing a wider array of topics such as these to you in future events – stay tuned!

Our Government Relations Committee (GRC) also had an impressive start to the year. You’ll no doubt have seen the announcement last month that the special session of the Minnesota State Legislature concluded with the signing of bill H.F.No.2, which included three important pieces of appraisal-related legislation (more on that below). I would like to congratulate and personally thank each of our GRC members – Bryon Miller, Brett Hall, Joe Ibach, Christy Mackaman, and Ray Vandeveer – for all their hard work this legislative season! Your tireless efforts – including holding the 2nd Annual Capitol Hill Day in April – helped achieve this great win for appraisers across the state of Minnesota.

Our Education Committee, chaired by Brett Hall, MAI, SRA, remains busy as always, with a full schedule continuing through the summer. Check out all the course offerings here and be sure to register early! The committee also brewed up a good time for Chapter members this past May at The Valuation of Craft Breweries event at Modist Brewing in Minneapolis. We had a great turnout and look forward to developing more educational-social events for our members to combine work and play!

Speaking of social events, our newly reinvigorated Candidate Guidance program, co-chaired by Tim Klein, MAI, and Jake Scheeler, MAI, hosted a Candidates for Designation Networking Event in May. Candidates and advisors were invited to network and socialize at Punch Bowl Social in St. Louis Park, MN, to encourage engagement and connection for all those pursuing a designation. Be on the lookout for more fun ways to connect with your fellow Chapter members in the months to come.

Lastly, I want to invite and encourage you to apply to serve on the Board of Directors. You’ve seen all the great things we can accomplish when we have active and engaged Chapter members, so please consider getting involved. Read more about the available positions and requirements here. Please feel free to reach out to myself or Justin Reed, Chair of the Nominating Committee, if you have any questions.

This year has been off to a great start and I am excited for all that we will achieve together in the second half of 2019!

Josh Folland, MAI
2019 North Star Chapter President

2019 North Star Chapter President, Josh Folland, MAI, with 2019 Appraisal Institute President, Stephen Wagner, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS