What does an Appraiser do?

Appraisers provide a value estimate for a property before it is sold, mortgaged, taxed, insured, or developed. They verify legal descriptions in public records and inspect new and existing properties, noting the characteristics. They photograph the interior and exterior of properties to analyze comparable or similar nearby properties for deeper insight into values. They prepare written reports and maintain current data on each real estate property.

Appraisers know characteristics of the property and its surrounding areas, including views or sound pollution, and consider the condition of a building, including its heating, foundation, roof, or renovations. They photograph the outside of a building and some interior features to document its condition. After visiting the property, appraisers run analysis relative to comparable home sales, including police records, location, previous appraisals, and income potential. Appraisers need a bachelor's degree and certification from the appraisal foundation.

What responsibilities are common for Appraiser jobs?
  • List or update information on property records as needed.
  • Inspect properties as necessary to ensure that compliance conditions are met.
  • Preparation of quality supporting documents (site figures, appendices, etc.).
  • Analyze data and prepare reports in a timely manner.
  • Keep abreast of current appraisal regulations, standards and best practices.
  • Participate in establishing the quantity and complexity of appraisals required.
  • The Staff Appraisal Reviewer is responsible for the review of completed appraisal reports.
  • Coordinate and respond to requests for changes in project scope.
  • Comply with all countywide and departmental policies and procedures.
  • Conduct a physical inspection of structures, improvements, properties, and parcels.
  • Final reconciliation of value considering cost, income, and market approach.
  • Review real property renditions, take appropriate action and respond to taxpayer inquiries.
  • Maintain communication with team members throughout the course of the project.
  • Effectively communicate project progress and issues with the project manager.
  • Carefully review reports to ascertain the accuracy of field work for accurate and equitable fair market values.
  • Monitor apartment and general market conditions throughout the state. provide technical support and advice upon request. and participate in various presentations.
  • Provide timely web updates on all assignments to ensure excellent customer service.
What are the typical qualifications for Appraiser jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in business, business administration, computer science or management, or equivalent experience.
  • Strong command of English language, experience with writing protocols, and good communication skills.
  • Strict attention to detail and an eye for continuous improvement.
  • Strong problem solving and decision making abilities.
  • Comfortable working with statistics.
  • Negotiation abilities and critical thinking skills.
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How much does an Appraiser make?

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“This is an amazing opportunity to learn everything there is to know about real estate valuation for any property type.”

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“I enjoyed the freedom to choose my schedule and the independence to my work on my own.”

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“It was comforting to know my benefits kicked in a week after my hiring date.”

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“It was really unfair when they expected us to always render overtime but won't pay a dime.”

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