Appraisers, Real Estate

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About the Job

Appraise real property to determine its value for purchase, sales, investment, mortgage, or loan purposes.

It is also Called

  • Valuation Consultant
  • Staff Appraiser
  • Residential Real Estate Appraiser
  • Residential Property Tax Appraiser
  • Residential Fee Appraiser
  • Residential Appraiser
  • Registered Appraiser
  • Real Property Appraiser
  • Real Estate Appraiser Supervisor
  • Real Estate Appraiser
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What They Do

  • Testify in court as to the value of a piece of real estate property.
  • Draw land diagrams that will be used in appraisal reports to support findings.
  • Estimate building replacement costs using building valuation manuals and professional cost estimators.
  • Examine the type and location of nearby services, such as shopping centers, schools, parks, and other neighborhood features, to evaluate their impact on property values.
  • Obtain county land values and sales information about nearby properties to aid in establishment of property values.
  • Photograph interiors and exteriors of properties to assist in estimating property value, substantiate findings, and complete appraisal reports.
  • Interview persons familiar with properties and immediate surroundings, such as contractors, home owners, and realtors, to obtain pertinent information.
  • Verify legal descriptions of properties by comparing them to county records.
  • Check building codes and zoning bylaws to determine any effects on the properties being appraised.
  • Search public records for transactions such as sales, leases, and assessments.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ECR.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Enterprising interests, but also prefer Conventional and Realistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Support and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $56,460 with most people making between $24,750 and $86,780

Outlook

0.21%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,940 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,980 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 4 openings due to growth and about 36 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.



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