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  2012 Assessment Brief
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                            MASS APPRAISAL

Mass appraisal is a methodology for valuing individual properties which
involves the following process:
       • properties are stratified into groups of comparable property
       • common property attributes are identified for the properties in each
         group
       • a uniform valuation model is calibrated for each group using market
         information incorporating the property attributes


              Mass Appraisal and Single Property Appraisal

The appraisal process recommended by the Appraisal Institute of Canada is
essentially the same for mass appraisals and single-property appraisals. The
differences that exist are usually the results of differences of scale. The following
two quotations indicate how the International Association of Assessing Officers
distinguishes between mass appraisal and single-property appraisal.

       … single-property appraisal is the valuation of a particular
       property as of a given date: mass appraisal is the valuation of
       many properties as of a given date, using standard procedures
       and statistical testing.

       … Also, mass appraisal requires standardized procedures
       across many properties. Thus, valuation models developed for
       mass appraisal purposes must represent supply and demand
       patterns for groups of properties rather than a single property.

The International Association of Assessing Officers, Property Appraisal and
Assessment Administration, Chicago, Illinois, 1990, pg. 88-89.


                           Method of Assessment

The City of Edmonton used multiple regression analysis (MRA) to prepare
market value assessments. The analysis utilizes five years of time adjusted
sales (July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2011) for residential properties in the City of
Edmonton. The City of Edmonton uses the date that legal title is transferred at
the Land Titles Office to determine the sale date of a property.

Valuation date is July 1, 2011.
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                 Residential Condominium Properties

Condominium properties in the City of Edmonton are valued using the Sales
Comparison Approach. This method is one of three traditional methods of
valuation. It was determined to be the most appropriate method for the valuation
of residential properties, as this approach mirrors the actions of buyers and
sellers in the market place.

The other two methods of valuation – the income and cost approaches – were
not used in the valuation of condominium properties, as these valuation
techniques are more applicable to single-titled income producing properties and
new construction respectively.

The City of Edmonton utilized the MRA tool for determining the degree of
correlation and relationship of property attributes to value.

MRA begins with the development of market areas using natural location
boundaries and property characteristics as guides. Condominium properties are
characterized into Townhouse, Highrise, Lowrise, and Parking stalls. Six market
areas are developed for townhouse condominiums:

              Southside, West of Calgary Trail North of 51 Avenue
              Millwoods
              Southwest
              Castledowns
              Clareview
              Central / Downtown to Rundle Park

The MRA process uses time-adjusted sales for each of the market areas to
determine and identify which attributes affect value. The MRA tool assigns a
value (assessment) to each property based upon the significance of the
identified attributes within the market areas. The following have been identified
as market attributes which affect value within all market areas, and were used in
the valuation process:
•   Unit Size
•   Quality
•   Depreciation or Age of property
•   Location
•   Site attributes
•   Building Amenities
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 Residential Condominium Variable, Attributes and Amenities Definitions


Arterial or collector road influence (>=10,000 Vehicles per Day).
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed arterial or collector
       road influence.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
       obstructed arterial or collector road influence.

Building Areas
   •  Building Net Area: The above grade living area of a townhouse or low-
      rise / high-rise condominium unit.
   •  Basement Area: Area of a townhouse unit that is either completely or
      partially below the ground floor.
   •  Basement Finish: A basement area that has been designed and finished,
      either during construction or at a later point, to function as a fully
      habitable space within the townhouse.
   •  Partial Basement: Partial basements are found in townhouses with no
      basement. The majority of these townhouses were built prior to 1950. The
      part basement was created usually to accommodate the furnace and
      typically used as storage cellars.
   •  Lower Level Area: For split level townhouses this is the floor area
      between the main floor and the basement which is partially below grade.
   •  Lower Level Finish: For split level townhouses this is where the lower
      level has been finished into living area.
   •  Loft: An open area in a condominium unit extending from an upper floor
      where there are no partitions or doors.
   •  Solarium: A glass enclosed room or living area which is part of or an
      extension to an existing structure.
   •  Pool Building: The portion of an improvement that houses a swimming
      pool.

Commercial and Restaurant or pub Influences
   Open: Any condominium unit which has a major commercial influence in
    front of, behind or beside it of an active nature, such as malls, box
    centres and bars. This may also be used if there are three or more minor
    commercial influences which surround the condo complex, as well as two
    or more moderate influences or a combination of both surrounding the
    parcel of land.
   Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a commercial
    or restaurant/pub facility in front of, behind or beside it of a minor or
    moderate nature, such as neighborhood strip malls, fast food facilities,
    neighborhood corner stores, shops and convenience stores. This may
    also be used if there are two minor influences which surround the condo
    complex.
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Condition of Improvement (applies to exterior maintenance).
   Poor: Borderline derelict, many items need immediate repair.
   Fair: General maintenance of the property has not been maintained, a
     few items need immediate repair.
   Average: Average condition, average maintenance has taken place.
   Good: The property has been very well maintained for its age.

Condominium Complex Amenities
  Pool, Tennis Court, Racquetball, Recreation Room, Clubhouse, Party Room,
  Exercise Room, Guest Room, Steam Room, Car Wash or Daycare.
Courtyard influences
   Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed courtyard view.
   Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed courtyard view.
Effective Year Built
       The effective year built of the property. This is generally more important in
       establishing value than the chronological age since it measures the
       subject property in comparison to a typical property with respect to utility
       and condition for the year it was built.
Golf Course Influence
   Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed view of a golf
      course.
   Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed view of a gold course.

Industrial or Institutional Influence
    Open: Any condominium unit which has an institutional or industrial
      facility in front of, behind or beside it of an active nature, such as
      hospitals, large sports facilities, post secondary institutions, and other
      emergency facilities. This may also be used if there are three or more
      minor institutional influences which surround the condo complex, or a
      combination of both.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has an institutional
      or industrial facility in front of, behind or beside it of a minor or moderate
      nature, such elementary school, church, community hall, high school,
      junior high school, recreation facilities and community pools. This may
      also be used if there are two minor influences which surround the condo
      complex.

Lake Influence
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed view of a lake or
      large storm pond.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed view of a lake or large storm pond.
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Lane or Street influences (<=10,000 Vehicles per Day).
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed lane influence.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed lane influence.
Market condo complex factor
     Not all condo complexes may decrease/increase in value at the same
     rate as the typical annual decrease/increase found in the time adjustment
     analysis, therefore Market Condo Complex Factors have been applied.
Multi-Residential or Apartment Influence
   Open: Any condominium unit which has a major multi-residential
      influence in front of, behind or beside it of an active nature. This would
      include high rises or even a number of moderate multi-residential
      surrounding the property.
   Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a commercial
      or restaurant/pub facility in front of, behind or beside it of a minor or
      moderate nature such as walkup apartments, or a medium size multi-
      residential complexes.
Open influences farmland, “AG” properties without development, etc.
   Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed open influence.
   Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed open influence.
Overhead Transmission Lines
   All residential condominium complexes which are located directly next to
     overhead transmission lines.
Ownership factor
   1: This ownership factor identifies predominately individual separately
     owned complexes.
   0.8: This ownership factor identifies predominately one owner rental
     complexes.
Park Influence / Undeveloped area influences or unknown future
development
    Open: Any condominium unit which has an unobstructed view of a park or
      undeveloped green space.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed view of a park or undeveloped green space.

Parking lot influences
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed parking lot
      influence.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed parking lot influence.
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Quality Classifications
   Fair (03): This quality satisfies present demands for moderate cost
      energy efficient housing. The exterior usually has a common style. It has
      an adequate floor plan, finishes are fair to average quality materials, and
      there is little or no attention given to decorative features.
   Standard (04): This quality represents average project housing that meets
      building requirements for the era. The exterior is a typical style that is
      generally rectangular and may include entry porches or verandas. The
      floor plan is functional, and finishes are normally limited to standard
      quality pre-manufactured materials with a minimum number of decorative
      features.
   Semi-Custom (05): This semi-custom quality represents above average
      housing exceeding building requirements for the era. More attention to
      the exterior details. Architectural design is used in living areas of all
      “move up” home construction. The floor plan is functional with a sense of
      spaciousness. Finishes are generally upgraded with a mixture of standard
      and better quality materials with decorative features. A minimum number
      of interior construction features, such as book cases, paneled feature
      walls, sunshine ceilings, telephone desks, wet bar, etc. may be
      encountered.
   Custom (06): This custom quality represents good housing exceeding
      building requirements for the era. It may be contract built. The exterior
      has an attractive style. The floor plan is functional, with an open design
      concept creating a sense of spaciousness. Architectural design is used in
      living areas of all “move up” home construction. Finishes are good quality
      materials and workmanship. A number of interior features will be present,
      such as home theater rooms, niches, built in book cases, home
      automation system, security system, intercom system, paneled feature
      walls, minimal crown moldings, sunshine ceilings with oak trim, telephone
      desks, wet bar, etc. may be present.
   Good custom (07): This class represents a good to expensive quality;
      energy efficient housing that is normally custom or contract built and, on
      occasion, may be constructed under the supervision of an architect.
      Large verandas or covered entrance ways are common with large or
      stylish columns. The exterior style may be innovative. The interior design
      often shows originality, includes built-in features and has spacious rooms.
      A number of interior features will be present, such as home theater
      rooms, niches, built in book cases, home automation system, security
      system intercom system, paneled feature walls, extensive crown
      moldings, sunshine ceilings with oak trim, telephone desks, wet bar, etc.
      Attention to detail is evident. Finishes in this quality are normally the best
      pre-manufactured or good to expensive materials.
   Expensive (08): This expensive quality represents unique design and
      style in housing exceeding building requirements for the era. It is contract
      built under the supervision of an architect and is commonly built on large
      sites in prime residential neighborhoods. The exterior often has large
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       window areas. Exterior finishes are selected for their attractiveness and
       durability, and may consist of limited amounts of costly ornamentation.
       The interior design is innovative with a considerable number of built-in
       features. Rooms are usually spacious and the floor plan often includes
       special purpose rooms. Decorative features and finishes are normally
       selected from expensive materials and attention to detail is evident.
      Luxurious (09): This luxurious quality represents the ultimate in housing
       exceeding building requirements for the era. It is contract built under the
       supervision of an architect. It is situated on large exclusive sites, and is
       characterized by abundance of large windows and a unique roof style.
       The exterior is innovative with finishes selected for attractiveness and
       durability including costly ornamentation. The interior design is unique
       and exquisite to meet individual specifications and taste. Rooms are
       spacious and floor plan includes special purpose rooms including many
       built-in features. Finishes are of luxurious quality materials and may be
       imported. Decorative features and workmanship is the highest quality with
       elaborate detail.

Railroad and LRT influence
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed railroad or LRT
      influence.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed railroad or LRT influence.

Ravine or River Influence
   Open: Any condominium unit which has an unobstructed view of a ravine
     or river.
   Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
     obstructed view of a ravine or river.

Renovations (applies to Interior condo unit maintenance).
     Minor (or Upgrade1) - is typically cosmetic modernization of a unit,
     involving new paint, flooring, electrical fixtures, countertop, cabinet doors
     and interior doors painted. It can also be used to identify a unit of superior
     quality than those typically found within a newly constructed complex.
     Moderate (or Upgrade2) - is full renovation of unit, including all items in
     Minor renovations plus new kitchen and bathroom cabinetry, countertops,
     electrical and plumbing fixtures. Moderate renovation involves better than
     original quality of construction.
     Major (or Upgrade3) - is used for condo conversions only, where units
     are gutted and constructed new.
     Derelict - uninhabitable.
     Deferred Maintenance - general maintenance of the unit has not been
     maintained, a few items need immediate repair.
     Original - average maintenance has taken place.
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Single family residential influence
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed single family
      residential influence.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed single family residential influence.

Skyline influences.
    Open: Any condominium unit which has unobstructed skyline influence.
    Obstructed and Limited: Any condominium unit which has a partial or
      obstructed skyline influence.

Study or Market Areas:
Residential Condominium Parking Stall, Low-rise and High-rise Market areas
used for modeling purpose are as follows:
      Parking Stall -     entire city
      High Rise -         entire city
      Low Rise -          entire city

Townhouse complex areas used for modeling are based on specific groupings
or assemblages of adjacent CMHC zones and neighborhoods and are as
follows:

      West of Calgary Trail & North of 51 Avenue – (market area 1).
       This market area comprises of all properties located CMHC zones 3, 7,
       and 8. This area includes those properties south of the North
       Saskatchewan River, excluding Millwoods (CMHC zone 9). Properties
       west of Calgary Trail, north of 51 Avenue, and south of the North
       Saskatchewan River fall into this market area.
      Millwoods – (market area 2).
       This market area comprises of all properties located CMHC zone 9. This
       area includes those properties located east of Calgary Trail and south of
       51 Avenue.
      Southwest – (market area 3).
       This market area comprises of all properties located CMHC zones 5 and
       6. This area includes those properties west of 149 St and south of the
       CN railway.
      Castledowns (market area 4).
       This market area comprises of all properties located CMHC zone 12. This
       area includes properties lying west of 66 Street and north of 137 Avenue,
       along with properties west of 149 Street and north of the CNR rail line.
      Clareview (market area 5).
       This market area comprises of all properties located CMHC zone 11. This
       area includes such properties lying east of 66 Street and north of 137
       Avenue, along with properties east of 50 Street and north of the
       Yellowhead Highway.

      Central/Downtown to Rundle Park (market area 6).
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       This market area comprises of all properties located CMHC zones 1A,
       1B, 2, 4, 10, and a portion of CMHC zone 11 that extends south of the
       Yellowhead Highway. The south boundary is north bank of the North
       Saskatchewan River between 50 Street and the Yellowhead Highway
       Bridge. The western portion of this market area is bordered by 149 Street
       where it progresses north to 137 Avenue. From 149 Street, the north
       boundary extends easterly until 50 Street until the Yellowhead Highway.
       The southern boundary follows to the North Saskatchewan River.

Traffic Influence
Traffic influences affecting the unit or dwelling, based on Average Annual
Weekday vehicle counts as reported by the City of Edmonton Transportation
and Streets Department.
      None                   0             0 to 4999 vehicles per day
      Minor                  1             5,000 to 9,999 vehicles per day
      Moderate               2             10,000 to 19,999 vehicles per day
      Major                  3             20,000 to 29,999 vehicles per day
      Extreme                4             30,000 to 49,999 vehicles per day
      Mega                   5             >50,000 vehicles per day

Undeveloped area influences or unknown future development.
Unit Location (Residential Condominium).
Location within the building of the unit or dwelling relative to others within the
building.

      Inside Unit                  1       Inside Back to Back           2
      End Unit                     3       Corner Unit                   4
      One Unit Per Floor           5       Free standing                 6
      Other                        7       Front back to back            8
      Rear back to back            9       Front corner back to back     10
      Rear corner back to back     11      Upper unit                    12
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                                School Taxes

The School Act and Municipal Government Act require municipalities to collect
school taxes on behalf of the provincial government. Unless property is exempt
from taxation under s.351 or s.362, school taxes are payable by all property
owners, regardless of whether the owners reside in the City of Edmonton and
whether or not they have children currently attending school. The amount of
school taxes payable by a property owner must be shown on the tax notice.

School support is the designation of school taxes to either the public school
system or separate school system. By default, the designation of school taxes
levied on properties located in the City of Edmonton is to support the public
school system, however property owners who are Roman Catholic must
designate their school taxes to support the separate school system by
completing a School Support Declaration.

City Council may only refund the municipal portion of property taxes under
s.347; the school taxes must still be remitted to the Province by the City. The
Assessment Review Board does not have the jurisdiction to change or waive
school taxes, however it may order a change in the designation of school
support.
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                                 SUMMARY

Residential properties are assessed using multi regression analysis, which
adjusts for attributes that impact market value, in order to arrive at a typical
market value for residential.

The resulting assessments were tested. The results indicated that our model
predictions of value meet Provincial Quality Standards as set out in the Matters
Relating to Assessment and Taxation Regulation, AR 220/2004.

The assessment models, the process utilized, and the results are submitted
annually to the Assessment Services Branch of the Department of Municipal
Affairs for audit purposes.

The audit is used to determine the accuracy of our predictions relative to the
market place and is a direct reflection on the accuracy of our models.

The City of Edmonton has met all governing legislation including regulations and
quality standards.

				
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