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Vermont State Statutes and Real Estate Law

Explore the sources of the law that regulate the process of establishing value and assessing property taxes. In this webinar, we will look at the major sources of laws, the constitution, statutes, cases and regulations. The sessions will provide you with the tools to find statutes, cases and regulations from various online resources and in the published materials. The class will focus on the laws applicable the tasks that municipal assessing officials perform.

Session 1 | Recorded on July 14, 2021

Session 2 | Recorded on July 15, 2021


Land Schedule Training

Learn how to gather and quantify your land sales data, determine influencing factors and deal with sales outside your community. The first session covers the theory of land valuation and data gathering. The second session focuses on developing the sales grid. Issues more specific to neighborhoods and lakefront properties will be discussed as well. This course is useful for developing a new land schedule or understanding the existing process.

Session 1 | Recorded on May 26, 2021

Session 2 | Recorded on May 19, 2021


Grand List Clean Up | Recorded on April 28, 2021

Learn how to identify and correct errors in your grand list. Administrative clean-up will be very important in the next year to ensure an easy data transition to the new grand list program. Now is the time to learn and employ easy tips to check your data.


Deed Reading and Exemptions Training | Recorded on April 21, 2021

Learn the importance of reading deeds, how to understand the elements of a deed, and how it affects your work in the lister’s office. This course also delves into types of exemptions and the statutes that are applicable. See also Deed Reading Basics for Listers and Assessors (pdf).


Current Use Training

This training covers how listers should calculate excluded land for allocation, calculate the Fair Market Value for Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) purposes, and review your duties as a lister. This course is a must for both new and seasoned lister and assessors. This course incorporates all functions performed in myVTax, eCuse, as well as those implemented in NEMRC, and clarifies the differences.

Session 1 | Recorded on March 22, 2021

Session 2 | Recorded March 24, 2021


New and Seasoned Lister Training

This course provides a thorough overview of the job of a lister. It covers the various responsibilities of the office including lodging a Grand List and downloading Homestead Declarations. Attention is given to schedules, exemptions, current use calculation, and office administration. The second session delves into the NEMRC grand list program, covering the basics as well as presenting some useful hints for new and seasoned listers.

Session 1 | Recorded on March 10, 2021

Session 2 | Recorded on March 12, 2021

Session 3 | Recorded on March 17, 2021

Session 4 | Recorded on March 19, 2021


Sales Validation in myVTax | Recorded on January 21, 2021

This webinar provides an opportunity to learn how to validate your sales accurately and in a thorough manner. The proper research and validation of sales are paramount to accurate results since this directly effects a municipality’s tax rate, Common Level of Appraisal (CLA) and reappraisal status.


Your Equalization Study | How to Read and Understand the Results | Recorded on January 14, 2021

This webinar demonstrates how to read sales reports and final computation sheet and what it means for your town.


PVR Response to COVID-19 |Recorded on May 6, 2020

For Listers, Assessors, and others involved in the assessment process.

 


Advanced Data Collection

This one-day course for Advanced Listers taught by Property Valuation and Review assessment expert, Cy Bailey and Chris Landin, takes a deeper dive into complex or unique properties related to maintaining your grand list. When presented live, the four-day PVR Data Collection course is a prerequisite to this one.

Course Material (pdf)


Advanced Lister Training

This one-day course is designed for listers who have had three or more years of experience in their office and have completed New Lister Training. It covers the equalization study and a brief introduction to the various statistics within the study; tracking the market, reappraisal requirements and utility valuation.

Course Material (pdf)


New and Seasoned Lister Training

This course provides a thorough overview of the job of a lister. It covers the various responsibilities of the office including lodging a Grand List and downloading Homestead Declarations. Attention is given to schedules, exemptions, current use calculation, and office administration. The second day delves into the NEMRC grand list program and covers the basics, as well as presenting some useful hints for new and seasoned listers.

New Lister Course Material (pdf)

Seasoned Lister Course Material (pdf)


Current Use Training

This training covers how listers should calculate excluded land for allocation, calculate the Fair Market Value for Land Use Change Tax (LUCT) purposes, and review the one's duties as a lister. This is a must for both new and seasoned lister and assessors. This course incorporates all functions performed in myVTax, eCuse, as well as those implemented in NEMRC, and clarifies the differences.

Course Material (pdf)


Data Collection

This four-day course is designed to train listers and others interested in the fine art of data collection and property inspection. It also covers the type of information a data collector needs to generate a value using MicroSolve CAMA program, as well as providing background for other systems. Topics include grading factors, determining quality and condition, and the data collector’s role in reappraisal. This course will be of interest to listers / assessors, appraisers and mass appraisal firms.

Course Material (pdf)


Equalization and Certified Sales Training

Would you like to understand how sales in your town impact your Common Level of Appraisal? If so, this is a course you won’t want to miss. This one-day session will cover the sales verification process, how ratios are calculated and how your Common Level of Appraisal is calculated as well as the Coefficient of Dispersion. We will discuss what towns can do when they see the numbers changing to track and consider addressing problem areas.

Course Material (pdf)


Land Schedule

This one-day session will show you how to gather and quantify your sales data, determine influencing factors and deal with sales outside your community.  The morning session will cover the theory of land valuation and data gathering, while the afternoon session will focus on developing the sales grid.  Issues more specific to neighborhoods and lakefront properties will be discussed in the afternoon session. This course is required for VPA III and is useful for developing a new land schedule or understanding the existing process.

Course Material (pdf)


myVTax and Sales Study For Equalization Training

This one-day session will cover how listers will process sales for the Equalization Study beginning this year and going forward through the myVTax system. During this training we will demonstrate all aspects of this process, highlighting how the new system works and how it can benefit you, your lister’s office and ultimately your town.

Course Material (pdf)


Solar and Cell Towers Training

This one-day session will cover how to identify where and whether solar arrays and cell towers in your town are taxable. At this class you will learn how to value these properties based on the income they produce. Topics will also include land valuation and lease income valuation.

Course Material (pdf)


State Statutes and Rules of Property Assessment

Learn from former Director of PVR, Jim Knapp about the state statutes and rules regarding property assessment. Join with your colleagues to explore the sources of the law that regulate the process of establishing value and assessing property taxes.  We will look at the major sources of laws, the constitution, statutes, cases and regulations.  The sessions will provide you with the tools to find statutes, cases and regulations from various online resources and in the published materials. The class will focus on the laws applicable the tasks that municipal assessing officials perform. The discussions will include:

  • The sources of law
  • How laws are created and changed
  • How to find the law in the books and how to use online resources
  • How the judicial system operates and how cases are tried
  • Reading court decisions and how judges apply the law to factual situations
  • Scenarios involving exempt properties

There will also be plenty of time for questions and discussion of topic of interest to the audience.

Course Material (pdf)


Tips and Tricks for Office Organization

This one-day session will show you some excellent ideas to organize your files and your office. District Advisors Christie Wright, Teri Gildersleeve and Chris Landin have compiled some great ideas from various lister’s offices and are excited to share them with you.

Course Material (pdf)