The Baltic Valuation Conference 2023 was special as it was part of an ERASMUS-project and included an English course for experts both in Poland and Germany. The Pomorski Instytut Eksprtyz Majatkowych had organised this project, supported by the German association BVS. The English courses took place in spring 2024 and prepared the participants to the special vocabulary of real estate valuation – and were very helpful and yet great fun. In September more than 120 experts met in Warsaw in presence or virtually to talk amongst others about news from EU-law impacting valuation, value affecting characteristics like energy performance or sustainability, but also what affect commercial property, but also about methodology and valuation of war losses. The welcome reception was held in the Fryderyk Chopin Museum and framed by a piano concert, the traditional conference dinner and the guided tour made a wonderful final of this conference. The organising team made also this conference a splendid meeting. And again it is true that in times of war and world-wide insecurity this conference has proved to be a great chance for uniting. Information about the English course that was offered for Polish and German experts in preparation of the BVC can be found on e4valuers.eu. There are also lessons and files for free listening or downloading.
After two years of virtual meetings the 2022-conference could finally take place as face-to-face meeting again, hosted by the BVS (German Association of Qualified Experts). At the end of June 30 experts met in Potsdam to talk about transparency of the real estate market, legal liability of experts in court proceedings, influence of airports on housing prices, derivation of interest yields and the value of renewable on-site energy. During the welcome reception on the rooftop of Mietwerk Potsdam, the traditional conference dinner and the guided tour – thanks a lot to Elke Hänicke-Hurlin for that lovely and personal tour – the particpants enjoyed networking and sharing experiences. In times of war and world-wide insecurity this conference has proved to be a great chance for uniting.
Also the 2021-conference had to be held as virtual meeting due to the Covid pandemic. By now everybody was experienced in using virtual meeting techniques and though such a virtual meeting cannot be compared to a personal one it was an inspiring and very informative event. Thanks to the organising team in Germany and Finland and all the participants and speakers that again made the event a success.
Due to the Covid pandemic the planned meeting in Potsdam, Germany, had to be cancelled, but to keep the conference going a virtual meeting was held in November 2020. Of course, it was not the same as meeting face-to-face, but even the feeling of sharing time after the official part of the conference was possible by a meeting of avatars on a virual campus – a bit unusual, but great fun. Thanks to the organising team in Germany and Finland and all the participants and speakers that made the event a success.
The University of Malmö and Samhällsbyggarna invited appraisers to Malmö in the south of Sweden. Part of the conference was a walk through the quarter Västra Hamnen, a conversion area with new and modern buildings, especially to be mentionned the Turning Torso. Combined with the Malmö Real Estate Research Conference the organisation team managed to offer a broad spectre of information, spreading from prediction of housing prices based to new valuation methods in Denmark, experiences with AVM in Germany and Finland, energy efficiency and its capitalization on house prices to housing market in Romania. Again meeting colleagues and networking completed this special meeting.
The Latvian Association of Appraisers organised the 28th Baltic Valuation Conference in the capital Riga. Riga is always a great place to come to, inspiring with its Art deco buildings, long history and a lot of street life till late at night, with a perfectly organized conference and a delicious dinner. The organising team did a very good job to make everyone enjoy the meeting. The presentations dealt with valuation in the context of expropriation following the Rail Baltica and with the consequences of the Data Protection Regulation. Besides interesting conversations and personal contacts again made this meeting a special one.
The Norwegian Association of Experts (Norges Takserings Forbund) organised the 27th Baltic Valuation Conference in the Norwegian capital Oslo as part of the 60th anniversary of the association. The Norwegian capital was a great place to meet, with a perfectly organized conference, an inspiring and interesting set of excursions and a delicious dinner. The Norwegian association and its splendid organising team had also provided summer temperatures. The speeches covered the development and problems with automated valuations and pointed out differences between investment and market value. Moreover the effect of climate change on energy efficiency and investment value and the way of revaluation of land were presented. As the Norwegian Association of Experts were celebrating their 60th anniversary the conference was a special event, and the participants enjoyed not only the conference, but again inspiring face-to-face contacts.
The University of Gdansk, the Pomerican Association of Appraisers in Gdansk and the Polish Federation of Valuers’ Associations in Warsaw organised the 26th Baltic Valuation Conference in the old hanse town of Gdansk. The organisation team (Mirosław Szreder, Krystyna Dziworska and her team (Dariusz Trojanowski, Małgorzata Rymarzak and Krzysztof Szczepaniak) from the University of Gdansk, Halina Jakulska and Mirosława Czaplińska from the Pomeranian Association of Appraisers in Gdansk and Marek Wiśniewski and Krzysztof Grzesik from the Polish Federation of Valuers’ Associations and their team) had prepared an interesting and informative meeting and a great event. The main topic of the conference was the market value which was discussed from various points of view. Another topic was the influence of sustainability and energy efficiency. Again there were several participants from countries not situated on the Baltic Sea (all in all colleagues from 13 countries took part), an important hint that this conference is regarded worth a visit. As usually the conference was completed by an elaborate dinner and an excursion with time for face-to-face contacts.
The Estonian Association of Appraisers hosted the 25th Baltic Valuation Conference and celebrated its 20th anniversary at the same time. The organisation team around the new and previous chairmen Andres Teder and Tambet Tiits, Monica Meldo and Tiia Redi arranged an interesting and informative meeting and a great event. Topics like “Properties in public ownership”, “Valuation of business assets including tangible and intangible assets, goodwill and trademark” and “Investment properties and sale and lease valuation” set a focus on nowadays valuation tasks. Participants from the US, Romania and Bulgaria prove that the conference has become a kind of brand itself. As usually the conference was completed by an excursion and time for face-to-face contacts.
The Finnish Association for Real Estate Valuation was host again and held the conference in Espoo. Dr. Juhana Hiironen and Ari Laitala and their team made the conference interesting and informative again by choosing up-to-date topics like “Software and Web-based Services” and “Accuracy and Unaccuracy in Real Estate Valuation”. As usually the conference was completed by an excursion and time for face-to-face contacts.
The Icelandic Society of Appraisers and Registers Iceland had invited to meet in Reykjavik. Main topics of the conference were: “The income capitalization approach to market value”, “Accessibility of real estate data” plus “Location valuation and time – existing and emerging challenges”. More than 80 colleagues from Iceland and abroad followed the invitation and enjoyed a conference perfectly organized by Örn Ingvarsson and his team as well as interesting information and discussions.
The Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Kiel was where 20 participants met for the 2012-BVC. Responsible for coordination were Ari Laitala and Ina Viebrok-Hörmann. Presentations from: Ari Laitala, Örn Ingvarsson, Vivita Baumane, Markku Airaksinen, Harry Viebrok and Bernhard Bischoff. Main topics of the conference were: “Valuation of buildings of the 1970es (or 1960es) – between demolition and monument preservation” plus “Excisting and emerging challenges in the field of real estate valuation – practical and theoretical approaches”.
The BALTIC VALUATION CONFERENCE was again held in Riga (Latvia).
The issues: “Mass valuation and cooperation with individual valuers” and ” Existing Mutual recognition of valuers’ qualification” Thanks to Vilis Zuromskis and his board for a lively and interesting organisation.
In the historical townhall of the hanseatic town of Rostock 52 participants  gathered. Responsible for coordination was the Association of Publicly Certified and Qualified Experts (BVS) with Bernhard Bischoff. Main topics of the conference were: “Changes in rural and urban areas and their impact on valuation – demographic changes and moving of population: their influence on the property market, planning laws and rural and urban development” plus “Qualification and certification of valuers – securing high quality of experts”. You can find some lectures from the BVC2010 here, and some reports Report Ina Viebrok-Hörmann , Report P-O Skoog , Report Tino Koch.
The Association for Chartered Surveying, Property Evaluation and Transactions (ASPECT) was host in Visby on the island of Gotland, in the University of Gotland and this fantastic old Hansetown. 56 participants took part to talk about “The Financial Crisis” and “Environmental Damages – their Impact on the Property Markets”. A perfectly guided visit through the Old Town of Visby and an excursion to the construction site “Visborg” ,the biggest restauration project in Gotland ever, made this conference another highlight. Many thanks to Åke Ekwall his organizing committee.
The Lithuanian Association of Property Valuers (LTVA) was host in Klaipeda and Palanga, Lithuania, in the University of Klaipeda. 80 participants came to follow the topic: Recreational & Leisure Property Valuation around the Baltic Sea. With visits of the Old Town of Klaipeda and Palanga Park, the Amber Museum in Palanga, an excursion to the Curanian Spit with the Lithuanian Sea Museum at Klaipeda (Kopgalis) fortress it was a very interesting meeting, thanks to Steponas Deveikis and Dalia Bagdanovičienė.
The Finnish Association for Authorised Real Estate Valuers was host in the Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) in Espoo/Helsinki.
Kauko Viitanen and Tuomo Heinonen adressed the participants. Topic of the conference: “Compulsary Purchase and Compensation”. In cooperation with the FIG Commission 9 came participants from all over the world. More than hundred experts, thereof 24 from Finland and the others from 36 different foreign states incl. China, Australia and New Zealand had the opportunity for cross-border discussions in a perfect arrangement.
The Russian Society of Appraisers (RSA) was host in the “NOVOTEL”, the new-built Hotel in the city of St. Petersburg.
Igor Artemenkov, 1st vice president of the RSA , adressed the participants. Topic of the conference: “Current status of valuation profession in Europe”. Ca. 150 experts, thereof 23 from abroad (from 10 foreign states) incl. Ukraine und Bulgaria enjoyed another very good organisation, arranged by Veronica Maliguna (RSA).
The Estonian Association of Appraisers (EKHY) invited the conference to the “Reval Hotel Olümpia” in Tallinn.
Tambet Tiits
, Head of the board of EKHY, opened the BVC 2005. Program of the conference: “Valuation and Property Market in Globalisation”.
The first speaker: Mrs. Tea Varrak, Deputy Finance Minister of Estonia.
150 Participants, thereof seventeen from abroad (10 countries) incl. Romania + guests from China followed this interesting conference. Thanks to Managing director Katrin Kolbre (EKHY).
The Norwegian colleagues of NTF were host in the Grand Hotel, Karl Johans gate in Oslo. The president of NTF Erik Larsen opened the BVC 2004. Subject of the conference was the Norwegian valuation software “Key to Valuation”. The participants enjoyed a perfect arrangement, thanks to the Committee of the BVC 2004 (Are Aakerøe, Odd Hovde and Helge Jensen) with NTF-secretary Birgit Liodden.
In June the conference took place in Gdansk  and covered the issue “Valuation of sea-connected real-estate”. President Wacław Baranowski (The Polish Federation of Valuers’ Associations) and his successor Prof. Andrzej Hopfer offered a good programme and perfect hospitality.
After ten years the conference was back at Luebeck. In the Buergerschafts-Sitzungssaal in the historical townhall of the Queen of the Hanseatic league  sixty colleagues discussed the issue: Valuation of properties under preservation (historical monuments and landscape).
The BALTIC VALUATION CONFERENCE was held in Riga (Latvia). The issue: “Relationships between appraisers, banks and insurance companies” was lively discussed, and thanks to Vilis Zuromskisund Daiga Deruma the conference proved to be an important exchange of experience.
A lot of colleagues came to Turku to talk about “Current issues in Valuation” and “The use of indexes in Valuation” and enjoyed a conference very well organised by Olavi Hiekka and Hanna Raasaka.
The conference was held in Vilnius, being a great success again ( thanks to Lithuanian Association of Property Valuers )
Over 50 participants from eight countries gathered in Wismar for the conference, this time organised by the UNI Rostock and the VBD. Considering the Baltic Sea States being a geographical area with a very good foundation the name of the conference was changed into THE BALTIC (NORDIC) VALUATION CONFERENCE.
The Norwegian Associatoin of Valuers ( NTF ) invited to Oslo: The Nordic Valuation Conference 1997 took place the 4th.of October.
Colleagues from eight countries met in Tallinn ( ekhy ). Main lecturer was the president of IVSC, Mr. North from Toronto.
On the occasion of the next Conference in Stockholm the conference was named: THE NORDIC VALUATION CONFERENCE.
The conference took place in Helsinki.
The conference took place in Copenhagen.
With support of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce another conference was carried out in Luebeck together with valuers from the Nordic Countries.
The Icelandic Society of Appraisers invited Dipl.-Ing. Uwe Tychsen, Neustadt/Holstein to give a lecture on „Valuation in Germany“. Uwe Tychsen was at that time local chairman of the expert association Verband der Bausachverständigen Deutschlands in the region Schleswig-Holstein und Hamburg.