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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 179I
Category: Financial Services

Class Series Concept

Positions in this category perform a variety of specialized activities in real or personal property that include, but not limited to, the following: real or personal property appraisals and/or audits, property management, negotiations, relocation, title examination, acquisition, leasing, valuation, and/or project management. Some positions administer a statewide program such as a senior tax deferral or public utility district privilege tax or serve as a technical expert in the development and implementation of various state and/or federal programs.


Under close supervision, positions perform, or assist in the performance of, routine activities covering negotiations, property management, relocation assistance, appraisal, title examination, and/or property inspection. Incumbents gain knowledge and experience by learning the laws and principles covering real estate transactions, how to apply appraisal and/or audit principles and techniques, research methods, interpreting legal and/or property descriptions, collecting statistical data, and/or maintaining public relations.

Typical Work

Contacts property owners and assists in negotiating for purchase, lease, or donation of the property;

Assists in the preparation and maintenance of property records;

Collects data and assists in the preparation for right-of-way funding, surplus property value estimates, appraisals, or audits;

Assists in performing housing inspections;

Inspects improvements and recommends disposition by rental, public sale or demolition; prepares rental agreements, authorizes sale and payment of assessments;

Assists in advising property owner of relocation assistance available;

Prepares a variety of legal instruments necessary to acquire rights of way;

Assists in preparing title examinations, inventory control of property and advising affected persons on relocation assistance;

Participates in the appraisals of real property, personal property, exempt property, or public utility property;

Examines property and/or financial records for initial determination of taxable status of various types of properties

Researches and/or prepares reports.

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.

Class Specification History

New class consolidates 61150 Property Tax Auditor/Appraiser 1, 61860 Right of Way Agent 1, 61160 Property Tax Auditor/Appraiser 2, and 17380 Real Estate Agent 1; effective January 1, 2006.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 177I), adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.