Texas Chapter | Eminent Domain (A250)

Starts:  Oct 9, 2023 09:00 AM (CT)
Ends:  Oct 12, 2023 05:00 PM (CT)

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Eminent Domain (A250)

Course A-250 is an introduction to eminent domain appraisal. The course is designed to familiarize experienced appraisers with the language, parameters, and methodologies applicable to eminent domain appraising. The concept of the Larger Parcel, peculiar to partial takings, will be presented. The states various eminent domain rules of appraisal will be discussed with emphasis on understanding State Rule No. 2 and State Rule No. 4 (the Federal Rule). The appropriate accounting for what is the “take”, what damages are and what are benefits and the appropriate offsets, if any, are presented. The course explores the legal implications of eminent domain appraising and will familiarize the student to the legal process.

Course problems are designed to instill an understanding of the appraisal decisions and methodologies necessary to complete an eminent domain partial taking assignment. The case study is the acquisition of land for widening of an existing two-lane highway to a four-lane highway. The case study is a State Department of Transportation project submitted for bid. The case study incorporates real life problems and situations that face the eminent domain appraiser. The case study offers the work groups, or individuals, a chance to apply what they have learned in the class to a real life situation. The students are initially asked to approach the case study as if they were preparing a bid analysis determining the larger parcels, highest and best uses, potential damages and benefits. If there is sufficient class time the students may be asked to apply their bid analysis to a valuation analysis.

Please Note: This is an intermediate skill level course. It is assumed the student has already gained the level of knowledge and understanding that is taught in the lower level courses.

Required Equipment & Textbooks: HP-12c, HP-17bII or HP-19bII (Click here for basic information how to use an HP-12c)

Suggested Textbook: Valuing Rural America: Foundations of Data Analysis; Real Estate Valuation in Litigation, Second Edition

Contact Hours: 20 hours + 2 hour exam

Course Timetable: Days 1-3: 8 AM - 5 PM

Instructors:  Paul Bierschwale, ARA,  & Scott Seely, ARA

Natural Resource Management & Its Effect on Rural Surface Usage & Values

Proposed Agenda

  • Chris Harrell and/or Drew McEachern (Surface Landmen, Farmers National Company) - Discuss surface damages (rate trends), SWD, freshwater sales, easements and right of ways, pad site nuisances, access challenges, etc. as they relate to oil and gas development and their effects on the surface property's value.
  • Thomas Kelly (Mineral Manager, Farmers National Company) - The current trends and challenges regarding renewable energy (wind and solar). Lease rate trends and how such long-term leases affect property value. (CONFIRMED)
  • Scott Turner (Sr. Partner and Consultant, Permian Environmental) - Green hydrogen developments and market challenges. (CONFIRMED)
  • Chris Hamilton - Federal case law, WOTUS, navigable waterways. (CONFIRMED)

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Eminent Domain A250

$699/Member; $899/Nonmember

Continuing Education

$300/Member; $350/Nonmember

Before 9/30/2023

Continuing Education

$350/Member; $400/Nonmember

After 9/30/2023

Chapter Dinner for Guest



Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown

1701 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 | (817) 335-7000

Everything will be hosted at the Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown Hotel and Conference Center.

Guests can also call (817) 335-7000 for reservations.  Be sure to ask for the Fall 2023 General Membership & Education room block to receive the special rate.  The deadline for reservations will be September 25, 2023.  The hotel room rate is $180 plus tax/fees.


Carmen Bierschwale | 325-446-6169 | ckbierschwale@gmail.com


Katelyn Johnson  | 303-692-1224 | kjohnson@asfmra.org


Sheraton Fort Worth Downtown
1701 Commerce Street
Fort Worth, TX 76102