Appraisal and Acquisition Specialist

City of Des Moines, Iowa
Published
November 6, 2022
Location
Des Moines, IA
Job Type
 

Description

Distinguishing Features of the Class

Manages and coordinates real estate appraisal needs of the City of Des Moines requiring appraisals of a variety of difficult and complex types of real estate, including residential, commercial and industrial properties encountered on real estate acquisition and disposition projects; serves as and provides services of Real Estate Coordinator as necessary to acquire real estate and real estate interests for the City and to dispose of excess real estate; performs directly related work as required.

Acceptable Experience and Training

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's Degree in business Administration, Real Estate, Finance, or a related field; and ,
  • Considerable experience in and professional training in appraisal and real estate acquisition and disposition procedures; or
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications

  • Possession of a State of Iowa Certificate as a Residential or General Real Property Appraiser, or possession of a State of Iowa Real Estate Brokers license.
  • A candidate will be required to successfully pass a post-offer drug screen and physical examination.
  • Must possess a valid Iowa Driver's License or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Examples of Essential Work (Illustrative Only)

  • Uses generally accepted standard appraisal practices to write narrative appraisal reports or broker's opinions for the determination of fair market values of real estate being acquired on a voluntary basis with City funds, or for real estate being disposed of by the City;
  • Solicits bids from independent appraisers and coordinates the appraisal process for the appraisal and review appraisal of real estate under the threat of eminent domain and for state and federally funded projects.
  • Prepares compensation estimates and participates in research and value conclusions for other Real Estate Coordinators' compensation estimates;
  • Reviews state and federal regulations required for real estate forms, appraisals and acquisition/disposition procedures to maintain appropriate compliance;
  • Reviews properties in field; Researches sales records and related materials;
  • Maintains a high level of proficiency in state and federal eminent domain law policies and procedures as pertaining to appraisal practices in the State of Iowa;
  • Testifies in court as an expert witness to assist the City's legal staff in the preparation of court cases;
  • Coordinates the preparation of cost estimates for property acquisition for project budgeting and coordinates the collection of information on relocation and demolition costs, and provides technical assistance in selecting consultants;
  • Performs all duties of Real Estate Coordinator, including the preparation of documents to initiate property acquisition; Requests environmental investigations as needed;
  • Consults with property owners and their legal representatives to explain projects, presents offers and negotiates for the purchase of property;
  • Orders and reviews Certificates of Title, survey plats and other documents as required and reviews project concepts or construction drawings with Engineer or Project Manager;
  • Maintains and organizes files on properties and tracks progress of transactions through the acquisition and disposition of property Insures transactions meet Federal audit standards for acquisition files;
  • Consults with Legal Department to address and resolve issues involving the quality of title clearing of liens and judgments, on properties being acquired;
  • Provides technical assistance to Legal staff in condemnation proceedings, obtains abstracts, certificates of title, title clearance documents;
  • Prepares Council roll calls, and other Council documentation;
  • Prepares closing statements and orders final abstracts, coordinates preparation of final title opinion;
  • Provides needed information and demonstrations concerning how to perform certain work tasks to new employees in the same or similar class of positions;
  • Keeps immediate supervisor and designated others fully and accurately informed concerning work progress, including present and potential work problems and suggestions for new or improved ways of addressing such problems;
  • Attends meetings, conferences, workshops and training sessions and reviews publications and audio-visual materials to become and remain current on the principles, practices and new developments in assigned work areas;
  • Responds to citizens' questions and comments in a courteous and timely manner;
  • Communicates and coordinates regularly with appropriate others to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of interdepartmental operations and activities;
  • Performs other directly related duties consistent with the role and function of the classification.

Closing Date/Time: 11/30/2022 4:00 PM Central

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