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Commercial Review Appraiser – Columbia Bank – (posted 7/27/17)

Job Title: Commercial Review Appraiser Area of Interest: Credit/Lending Hours per Week: 40 National Mortgage Licensing System (NMLS) Required: No  State: Washington City: Tacoma

POSITION SUMMARY

Procures bids and engages commercial and agricultural property appraisers. Reviews appraisals for proper valuation of collateral, and works closely with other areas within the Bank in order to communicate appraisal issues and update supporting documentation.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Procure bids for commercial real estate appraisals
  • Engage appropriate appraisers and appraisals for the commercial lending function of the Bank
  • Reviews and analyzes submitted appraisals for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with regulatory guidelines to minimize collateral risk factors
  • Review, condition and sign off on appraisals
  • Review third party reports/data to ensure value is supported, most relevant comps were used and adjustments levels are market driven
  • Manage and prioritize pipeline of pending and active appraisal reviews, as well as appraisal conditions
  • Maintain review productivity in line with the department’s benchmarks
  • Maintain thorough and up-to-date knowledge of all company guidelines, products and systems, as well as USPAP that are pertinent to the loan review process

All employees are responsible for internal controls in the performance of their assigned duties. Internal Control responsibilities are established in various policies, procedures, and documents, including the Code of Conduct.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS

  • College degree is preferred
  • Certified General License required
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in underwriting/appraisal review, documentation and the Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practice
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • Quick learner with a willingness to acquire new skills
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Extensive knowledge of the commercial and agricultural real estate industry and conventional appraisal guidelines
  • Good judgment with the ability to make timely and sound decisions
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions
  • Effectively communicate with people at all levels and from various backgrounds

OUR CORE BEHAVIORS

  • Be Genuine. Conduct yourself in a consistent, honest and compassionate manner at all times.
  • Work Ethic. Be willing to go the extra mile for the customer, whether internal or external.
  • Influence. Be an active player in participating, building and contributing to service.
  • Continuous Learning. Commit to gaining knowledge, skills and experience on an ongoing basis in order to better serve the customer, increase personal satisfaction and improve Columbia Bank.
  • Team Play. We win together. Individuality is encouraged to advance and enrich the work of the team.
  • Problem Solving. Bring creative, problem-solving mentality to every situation. See alternatives, take initiative and assume responsibility for your actions.
  • Communication. Keep others informed and up-to-date. Actively listen and learn from each other.
  • Have a Sense of Community. We firmly believe that we’re only as strong as the communities we serve. Your involvement is an important part of who we are.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Ability to sit at a computer monitor for extended periods of time
  • Ability to perform repetitive finger, hand, and arm movements
  • Ability to lift up to 15lbs.
  • Ability to effectively discern information and formulate appropriate action
  • Ability to reach, squat, bend, and manually manipulate standard office equipment
  • Ability to drive to various locations
  • Ability to think critically and provide appropriate solutions

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principle functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned by management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.98402Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Entry Level Junior Appraiser – Newmark Knight Frank – (posted 7/11/17)

Junior Appraiser – Newmark Knight Frank

Seeking entry level employee to join the Valuation and Advisory group of Newmark Knight Frank in their Seattle, WA office.  Newmark Knight Frank is a growing national real estate valuation company with offices in many major US markets.

The position offers the opportunity to learn the techniques and skills necessary to become a successful commercial real estate appraiser through one-on-one mentorship.  We are offering a full-time, permanent, entry level opportunity to analyze different types of commercial properties including apartments, shopping centers, office buildings, industrial properties, and others.  Applicants must have a four year degree, preferably in the fields of economics, finance, real estate, mathematics, or accounting, though other degrees will be considered.  At a minimum, the applicant should be strong in the following:

  • Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Desire to learn and have a strong work ethic

Please submit a resume to stan.wolf@ngkf.com

Managing Director/Senior Level Commercial Appraiser – CG Valuation – (posted 7/11/17)

Managing Director/Senior Level Commercial Real Estate Appraiser

CG Valuation is accepting resumes for a Senior Level Commercial Real Estate Appraiser. Along with normal functions of a commercial real estate appraiser, this position has additional opportunities for career growth above and beyond what is currently available in this market.

What we offer

  • Above industry standard fee split
  • Competitive benefits package
  • Potential to participate in an organized marketing process and opportunity to develop your own clients
  • Potential to choose your own specialty
  • Potential to develop a team of associate appraisers and/or trainees
  • CE and memberships paid
  • Ability to work remotely or in a professional downtown Seattle setting
  • Potential for participation in overall business planning and strategy

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree (BA or BS) from a four-year college or university. Master’s degree preferred
  • MAI designation or other appraisal designations desirable
  • Minimum of 7 years of commercial appraisal experience
  • Must possess a Washington State Certified General License
  • Friendly demeanor and ability to work with a group

CG Valuation (www.cgvaluation.com) is an independent commercial real estate appraisal firm based in downtown Seattle. For consideration, please email your letter of interest and resume to careers@cgvaluation.com. All inquiries will be confidential.

Senior Commercial Appraiser – Sound Transit – (posted 7/6/17)

Sound Transit
SENIOR COMMERCIAL APPRAISER
Job #17-01068

SALARY: $70,504.00 – $88,130.00 Annually

OPENING DATE: 06/20/17
CLOSING DATE: 07/20/17, 5:00 PM

GENERAL PURPOSE:
Under general direction, performs a variety of complex senior level or lead duties in assigned area of responsibility in support of Sound Transit’s (ST) real property program including property appraisal, appraisal review, acquisition, relocation, surplus property sales, and related activities and services; manages schedule, budget, and interface with project controls; monitors and supervises assigned consultants hired to carry out tasks and provide advanced technical support, analysis and leadership to staff and consultants regarding real estate on various assigned projects; counsels project managers on alternative ways to achieve real estate objectives; performs complex appraisal evaluation of properties using specialized technical concepts; directs and reviews appraisal valuation support for planned ST projects and real estate project budgets; and resolves conflicts and problems that occur as a result of property acquisitions projects.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
• Develops scopes of work for appraisals and provides consultants with appropriate recommendations; coordinates these activities with Sound Transit staff, consultants, and the legal department; negotiates, drafts, and reviews documents; meets with supervisor about project related problems and issues; discusses strategies for solutions.
• Applies ST’s policy and procedures for appraisal process; reviews appraisal process to ensure consistency with federal and state regulations; coordinates with line of business project manager to prioritize parcels; determines appraisal scope, fees and delivery schedule on a property by property basis; communicates with ST environmental, consultant appraisers and reviewers to coordinate assignments, property owner contacts and schedule; conducts field review of properties and discusses any issues with ST environmental, appraisers, and reviewers.
• Tracks appraisal assignments and provides status updates to stakeholders; recommends work authorization and coordinates delivery of relevant property information to appraisers; Monitors, coordinates, schedules, assigns, and reviews the work activities of appraisal consultants and contractors.
• Leads, coordinates, schedules, assigns, and inspects the daily work activities of consultants and contractors. Provides oversight to consultants in due diligence process including title, survey, and appraisal; reviews benefit calculations conducted; conducts and coordinates weekly meetings with Sound Transit staff and consultants regarding project status to validate scope, schedule and budget; determines issues to be resolved to maintain schedules, including acquisition, relocation, title and/or legal issues; and provides direction to consultants in acquiring real estate and relocation.
• Reviews and approves internal document packages for requesting displaced relocation payments; oversees relocation program functions; and ensures compliance with federal regulations regarding relocation activities of the Agency; reviews claim packages for signature for property acquisition closings and document packages sent to legal for condemnation.
• Represents the Agency in sensitive briefings related to relocation issues; prepares supporting documentation prior to briefings and prepares detailed summaries documenting interactions with property owners to identify all requests by all parties; summarize commitments approved during each briefing to all stakeholders for record in coordination with agency stakeholders.
• Assembles complete federal transit administration (FTA) package to associated FTA checklist for concurrence and approval as required; upon receipt of concurrence, forwards copy of FTA concurrence letter to acquisition project manager; and updates appropriate project tracking databases with all changes.
• Consults with ST legal on real estate acquisition mediation and relocation court cases; provides real estate valuations services and/or relocation estimates for the development of real estate budgets for existing and planned projects; researches, analyzes, and makes recommendations on a variety of real estate issues as they may impact budget forecasting process to include relocation for comparable replacement properties and comparable rents.
• Develops and maintains the Agency’s policies and procedures related to the overall appraisal program; reviews appraisal process to ensure consistency with federal and state regulations; coordinates with line of business project manager to prioritize parcels; determines appraisal scope, fees and delivery schedule on a property by property basis; communicates with appropriate stakeholders to coordinate assignments, property owner contacts and schedule; conducts field review of properties and discusses any issues with ST environmental, appraisers, and reviewers.
• Tracks appraisal assignments; submits work authorization and property information to appraisers according to established procedures; identifies partial takes that can be cured and forwards to appraiser; requests construction cost estimates to affect the cure including any necessary sign relocations to be included in appraisal; identifies needs and problems, including fixtures, parking, building consultant requirements; updates appropriate project tracking databases with new information; reports issues and changes to the ST line of business project manager; and coordinates delivery of environmental cost information to appraiser as necessary.
• Provides support to the department on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of committees as assigned; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
• Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in business administration, insurance and real estate, finance, or closely related field and six years of experience in real estate including real property acquisition, relocation assistance, and real estate appraisal and review that includes one year leading or supervising staff and projects; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Possession of valid Washington State Driver’s License.
Current Washington State Certified General Appraiser License

Required Knowledge of:
• Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisition.
• The Uniform Relocation Act
• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of a real property program including real estate appraisal, acquisition, relocation, property management and disposition.
• Principles and practices of program development and administration.
• Real estate principles and practices related to the appraisal, acquisition, management, and sale of public real property assets.
• Relocation assistance principles and practices and laws governing condemnation proceedings.
• Laws, practices, and legal instruments involved in real estate transactions and contracting.
• Principles and methods utilized in the management of real property.
• Principles and practices used in contract preparation and administration.
• Negotiation practices and techniques.
• Principles and practices of customer service, confidentiality, and sensitivity when working with the public.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Principles and practices of governmental budget preparation and administration.
• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.
• Supervisory/lead principles, methods and techniques.

Required Skill in:
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other division staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
• Applying principles and techniques of acquiring real property including handling complex negotiations, mediation, and/or managing the condemnation process.
• Applying sensitivity skills when working with the public.
• Reading, understanding, and interpreting complex documents involved in land transactions including title reports, right-of-way plans, legal and technical documents, and financial statements.
• Reading and understanding terms and symbols as used in engineering, architectural drawings, and construction plans.
• Reading, understanding, and interpreting documents involved in real property transactions.
• Working effectively under pressure, meet deadlines, and adjust to changing priorities.
• Applying project management techniques and principles.
• Preparing clear and concise administrative and financial reports.
• Applying appropriate oral and written communication techniques to various individuals ranging from • Agency employees, the general public, elected officials, community leaders, and local, state, and federal agencies.
• Monitoring program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.
• Leading and delegating daily tasks, communicating, and providing feedback and work direction.
• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT:
• Work is performed in a standard office environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather conditions, physical harm, and extreme noise when visiting construction sites and when working in the field.

The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.

Apply online: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/soundtransit/default.cfm

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and value workplace diversity. We seek to create an environment and culture that embraces the differences of our employees. You will find an exceptionally diverse group of people at Sound Transit with regard to culture, beliefs, communication styles, and life and work experiences.

All qualified applicants are considered in accordance with applicable laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital status or veteran status or any another legally protected status.

 

Junior Appraiser – Cushman & Wakefield – (posted 6/13/17)

Seeking employees to join our firm as Junior Appraisers within the Valuation and Advisory division of Cushman & Wakefield. The position creates an opportunity to learn through a successful apprenticeship- and education-oriented program via a one-on-one junior to senior commercial appraiser mentorship. Individual will learn how to become a highly efficient producer using latest technological advances, learning from some of the nation’s most knowledgeable and successful commercial appraisers specializing in both product types and locations. High earning income potential for a self-motivated individual including reimbursement of education, travel, and offering competitive compensation and benefits.

Applicants must have a four year degree, preferably in the fields of economics, finance, real estate land use, mathematics, engineering, or business. Must be a self-starter, highly motivated, and comfortable with a commission position. This is a rare opportunity to learn from some of the best senior appraisers within a highly collaborative work environment. We are looking for candidates with strong analytical and communication skills, who are interested in advancing their careers.

Please email resumes to rob.taylor@cushwake.com and elizabeth.champagne@cushwake.com

Senior Appraiser – Cushman & Wakefield – (posted 6/13/17)

Cushman & Wakefield Valuation is seeking experienced Commercial Real Estate Appraisers for its Seattle office. As part of a strong national appraisal organization, the selected individual will be involved in a high percentage of institutional investment assignments on a wide variety of property types including portfolio and individual assets. Our national platform is an industry leader in providing advanced technology.

We are looking for candidates with strong analytical and communication skills, who have the ability to handle local, regional and national accounts, and are interested in advancing their careers. Qualified candidates must hold a Certified General Appraiser license in the State of Washington, and the MAI designation is a plus. We offer a highly competitive compensation and benefits package.

Please email resumes to rob.taylor@cushwake.com and elizabeth.champagne@cushwake.com

Appraisal Services Solicitation open on FedBizOps – U. S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Northwestern Division – (posted 5/24/2017)

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Northwestern Division, via Walla Walla District, has just advertised an appraisal services contract on Fed Biz Ops (www.fbo.gov). The geographic area will cover 14 states, roughly encompassing the Great Plains and Pacific Northwest areas of the continental United States. It is expected multiple vendors will be awarded service agreements against the government’s $1,000,000 Blanket Purchase Agreement, with vendors dispersed throughout the 14 states. Appraisers who meet the minimum qualifications identified in the announcement are encouraged to submit quote packages.

The advertisement and details can be found here

Any questions regarding the solicitation can be directed to the Ruth Johnson, NWW Contract Specialist at (509) 527-7222 or send an email to ruth.a.johnson@usace.army.mil.

 

Commercial Real Estate Analyst – The Property Sciences Group – (posted 5/23/17)

Property Sciences (www.propsci.com) is a national real estate valuation firm with offices in several major US cities. We work with clients such as banks, insurance companies and Wall Street investment firms to value commercial real estate for lending, financial reporting and investment purposes. Our staff utilizes cutting edge proprietary software in our analysis, report production and data management. We are focused on a high level of professionalism and continued, rapid growth.

Position Description
We are offering full-time, permanent opportunity for motivated college graduates. We require exposure and understanding of commercial real estate and finance principles. This is an excellent entry-level opportunity to immediately learn about and analyze different types of commercial properties. Commercial real estate is one of the most dynamic industries in California, and this a great position to immediately become involved in numerous transactions. The types of tasks you will develop expertise in include the following:

  • Assembling and analyzing macro and micro economic data relating to commercial real estate market fundamentals
  • Researching commercial real estate market transactions (sales and rentals) to understand market participants’ motivations and investment criteria
  • Conducting field work to inspect individual building construction components and condition as well as neighborhood characteristics
  • Reviewing historical operating statements for various types of properties
  • Preparing income and expense projections based on research and industry benchmarks

The types of properties analyzed include a variety of commercial real estate, such as apartment buildings, shopping centers, industrial warehouses, hotels/motels, subdivision land, and office buildings. Many of our associates concentrate and become experts in one or two property types.

Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in Real Estate, Finance, Accounting, Architecture or Economics. Masters Degree Preferred. Other degrees will be considered, but commercial real estate knowledge and analytical skills are crucial to success.

Excellent verbal and written communications and attention to detail.
Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
Preferred knowledge in ARGUS
Strong time management skills.
Desire to learn and have a strong work ethic.
Ability to travel locally in Bay or LA Area.
Legally able to work in US.
Trainee License not required.

To Apply: Please submit a resume along with a cover letter detailing your interest and/or experience in Commercial Real Estate to Hannah.Robrecht@propsci.com.

 


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