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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 179J
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

See Property and Acquisition Specialist 1.


Positions apply laws, methods, and principles covering real estate transactions, negotiations, relocation, appraisals, audits, acquisitions, and/or valuation of residential, commercial, land, and agricultural properties.

Incumbents work with limited supervision and handle non-complex assignments such as assisting on relocation in project acquisition of a single family residence, total takes, strip acquisition; assisting in property management by determining lease values, preparing and maintaining property files; performing housing inspections, or appraising properties that typically don’t involve questions about benefits or significant damages for those that need an income approach or cost approach for solution. Positions typically appraise whole properties or simple strip takes; appraisals of land, single and multi-family residences, apartment complexes, neighborhood businesses and agricultural properties. Positions can also perform audits and appraisals of agricultural, small commercial and manufacturing personal property or exempt property applicants. Assigned duties are completed independently and work is subject to periodic review.

Typical Work

Conducts non-complex eminent domain real estate appraisals;

Prepares appraisal reports;

Negotiates real estate acquisitions;

Prepares and maintains property management functions;

Consults with other staff to determine qualities of property and property rights needed; assists in determining desirability and priority of need for property to be acquired;

Conducts title searches; orders surveys and maps required for sale or lease agreements;

Performs market value appraisals of land, single and multi-family residences, apartment complexes, neighborhood businesses and agricultural properties;

Appraises lands of public utility companies;

Assists in appraisal of large commercial, manufacturing or public utility properties under the direction of higher level appraisers;

Audits financial records of taxpayers for discovery of taxable property;

Appraises the market value of machinery, equipment and other personal property of various businesses such as commercial, manufacturing, or agricultural;

Appraises value of watercraft and motor vehicles;

May supervise lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require a Bachelor’s degree involving major study in business or public administration, real estate, economics, accounting, or related field


One to two years of  experience in activities such as acquisition, sales, leasing, appraisal, title examination, escrow closing, negotiations, property management, title examination, relocation assistance, or selling, leasing or buying commercial real estate, or auditing or appraising real or personal property for fair market value.


One year of experience as a Property and Acquisition Specialist 1.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 61170 Property Tax Auditor 3, 61870 Right of Way Agent 2, 61190 Property Tax Appraiser 3, 17390 Real Estate Agent 2, effective, January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 177J), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.