The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual with sufficient work experience and who is capable of working independently in a fast-paced environment while demonstrating the required knowledge, skills and technical ability to maintain the high level of detail and accuracy required in performing real estate and right-of -way functions. Must also demonstrate a superior ability to work collaboratively with staff, the public and various boards and councils.
THE SELECTION PROCESS:
Applicants possessing the most desirable qualifications will be invited to continue in the selection process that may consist of an application screening, oral appraisal, and/or other activity selected by the Human Resources Department. An eligibility list will be established as a result of this selection process and may be used to fill the current vacancy and any future vacancies.
This is a journey level classification which performs technical work in real estate and right- of-way functions with considerable independence. This position is distinguished from the Real Property Agent in that the latter is a professional level classification with the ability to supervise technical personnel and provide overall direction to the City's real property activities.
The department is able to offer flexible staffing at this time, and may continue to do so in the future, with allowances for working remotely at home.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The following duties are considered essential for this classification:
Researches property records and title reports and determines the status of interests in properties to be acquired;
prepares documents and contracts related to property transactions;
negotiates with the parties of interest to remove liens, judgments or other encumbrances;
performs market analysis, reviews appraisals and other necessary costs associated with acquiring property;
negotiates with property owners and recommends the terms and conditions of settlement to the Real Property Agent or Real Property Manager;
answer questions and provides information to the public concerning real property;
performs field inspections;
manages City-owned property, determines rental values, solicits and reviews new tenants for occupancy of City-owned property;
coordinates the disposition of surplus property and buildings;
prepares Council and Board of Public Utilities agenda items and resolutions related to real property;
makes presentations to the City Council and Board of Public Utilities;
drafts and interprets legal descriptions;
checks parcel maps, subdivisions and various other drawings and reviews GIS maps;
prepares drawings of existing improvements, real property and exhibits;
assists the City Attorney's Office in condemnation actions;
performs related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of: Real property appraisal techniques and practices; laws, regulations and procedures related to the acquisition and disposal of public property; title and escrow procedures; relocation assistance law and procedures; engineering terminology and practices as related to surveying and drafting; negotiating techniques and customer service.
Ability to: Work effectively with the public; perform analytical work; write and speak effectively; utilize technology to prepare drawings of existing improvements, real property and exhibits, read and interpret, and prepare legal descriptions, deeds, maps and construction plans, acquisition contracts and title reports.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION
Any combination equivalent to experience and education that could likely provide the required knowledge and abilities would be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Experience- Sufficient years of experience performing real property appraisal and acquisition work to obtain the knowledge and abilities listed above.
Education- Course work in real property appraisal and real property law, ethics and negotiations. A two-year degree from an accredited college or university is desirable.
The Associate Real Property Agent works both indoors and outdoors in a variety of settings. When inspecting property, the Associate Real Property Agent walks over rough, uneven or rocky surfaces. Preparing appraisals, negotiation for purchase or sale of property, and recommending sales terms and courses of action to city departments involves communicating with clients, staff and the public face to face and using a telephone. The review of appraisals and contract documents involves reviewing or checking the work of others to ensure conformance to standards. Preparation of written documents is performed using a computer keyboard. Indoor work involves sitting for extended periods of time with the ability to change positions.