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Chapter 2 - Course Descriptions

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American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers

Course Title: Eminent Domain

Course Number: A-25

Sponsoring Organization: Appraisal Institute

Course Description: This is an intermediate course designed to demonstrate techniques used in preparing value estimates on properties subject to acquisition under eminent domain law. Students learn that condemnation appraising is different than other types of appraising since the situations are hypothetical rather than factual. Additionally, students explore possible complications, such as severance damages, consequential damages, special and general benefits, condemnation blight, project enhancement, and inverse condemnation. Case studies and short examples are used to convey the basic procedures.

Topics include basic condemnation (definitions and examples); just compensation formula; bundle of rights; larger parcel; highest and best use zoning; approaches to value; partial takings; damages and benefits (including allocation); easements; appraiser relationships with attorneys, judges, and juries; trial preparation and participation; and trends in eminent domain law.

Target Audience:Appraisal professionals

Attendance Restrictions: This is an intermediate skill-level course. Completion of A-10 or American Society of Appraisers (ASA) RP201, A-12 (II), and A-20 are required, and successful completion of A-27 or equivalent is strongly recommended. An understanding of the income approach and discounting using a calculator is required.

Course Length:20 hours + 2-hour exam

Course Fee: ASFMRA member-$390
Site fee-$40

Contact Information: Mary Elster
950 South Cherry Street, Suite 508
Denver, CO 80246-2664
Phone: (303) 758-3513
Fax: (303) 758-0190
E-mail Web site: E-mail:

Keywords:Eminent Domain

International Right of Way Association

Course Title: Eminent Domain Law: Basics for Right-of-Way Professionals

Course Number: 803

Sponsoring Organization: International Right of Way Association

Course Description: This course familiarizes students with the basic theories behind, and practical aspects of, the various laws, rules, and regulations applicable to acquisition of private property for public use through exercise of the power of eminent domain. Topics include introduction to eminent domain, primary sources of law, breakdown and analysis of the modern rule, just compensation and legal aspects of valuation, and rules of right-of-way professionals in eminent domain. (Recertification credit: 16 hours)

Target Audience:Real estate professionals

Attendance Restrictions: None

Course Length: 2 days

Course Fee:

Contact Information:Connie Sanchez
Senior Course Coordinator
IRWA Headquarters
Pacifica Harbor Business Center #220
Torrance, CA 90502-1144
Phone: (310) 538-0233
Fax: (310) 538-1471

Keywords: Eminent Domain

National Highway Institute

Course Title: Eminent Domain Training for Attorneys and Appraisers

Course Number: 141036

Sponsoring Organization: National Highway Institute

Course Description: This course is designed to enhance the performance of attorneys, appraisers, and other expert witnesses in the delivery and presentation of testimony and arguments to obtain realistic court awards in eminent domain proceedings in the courtroom setting. The development of a team approach for effective presentation in condemnation actions is illustrated. The course presentation includes lectures with the use of visual aids, handouts, and interactive case studies. Each participant will receive a course manual that should serve as a valuable reference.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

The appraisal participants will be able to:

The legal participants will be able to:

Target Audience:State highway and transportation agency and fee or contract attorneys and appraisers, and other potential expert witnesses working for State highway and transportation agencies. Specifically, beginning government attorneys acting as legal counsel in condemnation trials, as well as beginning- and intermediate-level appraisers acting as expert witnesses in condemnation trials

Attendance Restrictions: Participants should have a basic knowledge of the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended, including the implementing regulations of 49 CFR Part 24.

Course Length:3 days

Course Fee:

Contact Information:Lynn Cadarr
National Highway Institute
4600 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22203
Phone: (703) 235-0528
Fax: (703) 235-0593

Keywords: Eminent Domain

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