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Appraisers and Assessors of Real Estate

Appraise real estate, exclusively, and estimate its fair value. May assess taxes in accordance with prescribed schedules.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Compute final estimation of property values, taking into account such factors as depreciation, replacement costs, value comparisons of similar properties, and income potential.
    • Prepare written reports that estimate property values, outline methods by which the estimations were made, and meet appraisal standards.
    • Inspect new construction and major improvements to existing structures to determine values.
    • Collect and analyze relevant data to identify real estate market trends.
    • Prepare and maintain current data on each parcel assessed, including maps of boundaries, inventories of land and structures, property characteristics, and any applicable exemptions.
    • Explain assessed values to property owners and defend appealed assessments at public hearings.
    • Identify the ownership of each piece of taxable property.
    • Calculate tax bills for properties by multiplying assessed values by jurisdiction tax rates.
    • Inspect properties, considering factors such as market value, location, and building or replacement costs to determine appraisal value.
    • Approve applications for property tax exemptions or deductions.
    • Complete and maintain assessment rolls that show the assessed values and status of all property in a municipality.
    • Review information about transfers of property to ensure its accuracy, checking basic information on buyers, sellers, and sales prices and making corrections as necessary.
    • Explain real and personal property taxes to property owners.
    • Conduct regular reviews of property within jurisdictions to determine changes in property due to construction or demolition.
    • Establish uniform and equitable systems for assessing all classes and kinds of property.
    • Examine income records and operating costs of income properties.
    • Evaluate land and neighborhoods where properties are situated, considering locations and trends or impending changes that could influence future values.
    • Analyze trends in sales prices, construction costs, and rents, to assess property values or determine the accuracy of assessments.
    • Maintain familiarity with aspects of local real estate markets.
    • Search public records for transactions such as sales, leases, and assessments.
    • Check building codes and zoning bylaws to determine any effects on the properties being appraised.
    • Verify legal descriptions of properties by comparing them to county records.
    • 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.
    • Obtain county land values and sales information about nearby properties to aid in establishment of property values.
    • 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.
    • Estimate building replacement costs, using building valuation manuals and professional cost estimators.
    • Draw land diagrams to be used in appraisal reports to support findings.
    • Testify in court as to the value of a piece of real estate property.

    Skills

    • 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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    N/A
    Workplace Documents
    N/A
    Graphic Literacy
    N/A

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • 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.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 52450/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.21/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed Not Available
    • Yearly Projected Openings Not Available

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    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Independence
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Notebook computers
    • Laser measuring systems
    • Electronic charts or maps or atlases
    • Desktop computers
    • Carbon monoxide analyzer

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Map creation software
    • Financial analysis software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

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