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Appraisers Wanted

Right of Way Agent (Bay Area)

PG&E is actively looking for a new Right of Way Agent to join our Land Acquisition team in Concord. 

Job Posting Date: February 8, 2017
Requisition #: 53675435-E04
Job Category: Real Estate / Facilities
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Employment Type: ESC
Business Unit: Corp Svcs and Human Resources
Schedule: Full-time
City: Concord

Based in San Francisco, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. And we deliver some of the nation’s cleanest energy to our customers in Northern and Central California. For PG&E, ‘Together, Building a Better California’ is not just a slogan. It’s the very core of our mission and the scale by which we measure our success. We know that the nearly 16 million people who do business with our company count on our more than 24,000 employees for far more than the delivery of utility services. They, along with every citizen of the state we call home, also expect PG&E to help improve their quality of life, the economic vitality of their communities, and the prospect for a better future fueled by clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer that actively pursues and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability status, medical condition, protected veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the job.

Position Summary
Under direction of the unit Supervisor, the Right of Way Agent (‘ROW Agent’) provides support to the unit and other Land Services team members and assists in all phases of acquisition activities. The ROW Agent also negotiates the acquisition of land rights for fee title, easements, leases, and other interests required for Company utility facilities. Research and analyze property and comparable sales data to complete internal valuation estimates on non-complex acquisitions.

Minimum Qualifications
BA/BS in related field or equivalent education and/or experience

Notary Public – current or obtained within six (6) months of employment

Desired Qualifications
Training: International Right of Way Association courses or equivalent
Minimum 1 year work experience with any of the following:
o Commercial Real Estate Brokerage;
o Real Estate or Right of Way Appraisal;
o Public Agency/Utility Right of Way.

Essential Job Functions:
Under the direction of the Supervisor, Principal, or Senior ROW Agents:

Acquisition: negotiates or assists in negotiating the acquisition of real property and property rights for Company utility facilities.  Coordinates the preparation of documents for acquisition of property and land rights, generates property owner lists, provides property owner notification for survey and biological studies, construction, vegetation management, and other projects, and prepares Release to Construction letters.

Appraisal: assembles the necessary documentation required for delivery to the designated project appraiser(s). Under direct supervision, review and analyze appraisal reports. Support for Condemnation Proceedings: provides file history and necessary information for condemnation proceedings; orders the condemnation package, and upon review and approval by senior staff, insures delivery to the appraiser and attorneys. In less complex negotiations, the ROW Agent may request initiation of condemnation actions as instructed by the Supervisor or Principal ROW Agent to ensure timely release of projects to construction.

Valuation: Research and analyze property and comparable sales data to complete internal valuation estimates on non-complex acquisitions.

Real Estate/Escrow Responsibilities: responsible for: requesting checks for condemnation proceedings; monitoring the State Condemnation Fund statement and account; depositing checks with State Condemnation Fund; processing refund checks; drafting escrow instructions; ordering title reports and updates as necessary; processing payment for reports; obtaining title reviews as necessary.

Acquisition Administration: responsible for inputting information into project estimating and project tracking programs. Obtain/request project cost data and compile information as requested. Assist in preparing payment schedule spreadsheets. Track and process Land documents, process land drafts for IRS reporting by clerk and process requests for checks
for payments for land rights and other expenditures.

File Management Coordination: establish job folders, obtain all necessary project specific data, prepare working file folders, prepare and maintain ownership folders containing all pertinent letters, appraisals, summaries, documents and condemnation exhibits. Contract Administration: assist with the development of Contract Work Authorizations, Contract Change Orders, or other associated documents as requested to obtain services of contract appraisers and right of way agents.

The position can be found and applied to at http://careers.pge.com/jobs/7146064/right-of-way-agent-bay-area-concord-ca/


WELLS FARGO: Residential Staff Appraiser / Valuation Specialist 1 — San Francisco and San Jose

2+ years valuation experience, Certified Appraiser.  Balance appraisal and review backlogs, determine scope of report needs and perform appraisals.  Understand and adhere to USPAP.  Proficient in analyzing data using computer technology.  Detailed job descriptions and link to complete a profile at https://www.wellsfargo.com/careers (Job Search Requisitions: #5311044/5307424).


Joseph J. Blake & Associates, Inc.

As national firm which began in 1946, Joseph J. Blake & Associates is one of the largest private real estate appraisal companies in the country.  We are not franchised but operate under one company with offices nationwide.  Joseph J. Blake & Associates is large enough that we work with national and global clients but retain the feel of a smaller firm.  The San Francisco regional office is currently expanding and seeking a qualified appraiser to join our firm.  We are seeking an experienced appraiser who will be involved with complex assignments to work out of our East Bay office.  Assignments will be for a wide variety of clients including investment funds, pension advisors, lending institutions, public agencies, attorneys, mortgage brokers and many others. The ideal candidate will have superior analytical skills and an ability to work under the direction of a manager on multiple appraisal assignments.

We offer a competitive compensation package as well as the following:

- Health, dental and vision insurance

- Funded flexible spending account

- 401(k)

- Continuing education reimbursement

- Mileage reimbursement

- Appraisal Institute dues

This is an excellent opportunity to join a growing national company and gain exposure to the valuation of a wide variety of property types.  If interested, please send inquiries to Brian Rapela at brapela@josephjblake.com. Our office is located in Walnut Creek, CA.


Commercial Appraisers Needed

Commercial appraisers needed for premiere global real estate firm in the Northern California region.  Looking for CA State Certified appraisers with 3+ years’ experience as well as senior MAI’s.  Competitive compensation package and extraordinary benefits provided. Please contact:

Elizabeth Champagne, MAI, FRICS
Executive Managing Director
Northern California/Pacific Northwest Leader
Valuation & Advisory
Direct:  +1 415 852 5168
Mobile: +1 415 235 2370
Fax:     +1 415 956 3381


Residential Trainee Wanted

Seeking appraiser trainee in the East Bay covering the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. Trainee license and completed coursework in residential appraising required. Contact Kelly Royer, SRA, East Bay Property Valuations: kelroyer@gmail.com.


Senior Commercial Appraisal Associate

The Property Sciences Group, Inc. – Pleasant Hill, CA

We recognize the future of our organization is dependent upon the quality of our staff. We seek individuals who possess well-rounded education, professionalism, and motivation. We take great pride in having assembled a group of some of the most experienced and qualified appraisers in the industry today.

Demand for our services and our client base continues to grow. We are strategically expanding and seeking to hire a full-time Certified General Appraiser in Pleasant Hill, California .

This person will prepare and supervise real estate appraisals on properties located throughout the United States. Depending on experience and performance, and job complexity, appraisals will be reviewed by Managing Directors or other Senior Level Appraisers. Highly complex assignments must be approved by a Risk Review Committee.

Candidate may also manage a team of trainees and assistants of various levels of experience. Trainees and assistants will help with all aspects of preparation, research, inspection and analysis, subject to your supervision and approval. Your team will be responsible for all of the following:

  • Identify the problem to be solved and scope of work.
  • Communicate with client recommended methodologies and obtain agreement on scope of work.
  • Prepare reports using proprietary report writing software and databases.
  • Adhere to Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) on all assignments.
  • Maintain client, assignment and corporate confidentiality.
  • Update job tracking software throughout the work process and supervise the work flow of Trainees and Associates.


  • Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) from a four-year college or university. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Three to five years commercial appraisal experience.
  • Must possess a state Certified General License or be very close to completing requirements.
  • Must have excellent computer skills and be proficient with ARGUS Enterprise.

Job Type: Full-time

****If interested please send your resume to Resumes@propsci.com.


Smith & Associates: Full time positions in Danville, Folsom and San Mateo

Smith & Associates is one of the largest local, independent commercial real estate appraisal firms in Northern California. We are looking for experienced commercial appraisers, advanced trainees or those with a Certified General license for full time positions in our Danville,Folsom and San Mateo offices. Compensation is predicated on a generous split on billings.  Considering our extensive client base, volume and repeat business our appraisers are able to concentrate on specific submarkets and property types, increasing efficiencies and compensation.  Equally important, this allows appraisers to gain in depth knowledge of their markets, trends and broker contacts which strengthens the quality of their reports.

Our firm has an average retention of over 11 years resulting in a very experienced appraisal staff. Seven appraisers hold the MAI designation and one has the ASA designation.  We have an exceptional client base of lenders, attorneys, CPA’s, financial planners, developers, government agencies, and private property owners. Our services include lending, arbitration, mediation, litigation support, right-of-way, estate planning, expert witness, and special purpose properties. We are looking for detail oriented, motivated individuals with strong computer and writing skills. Right-of-way experience is a plus. In addition to a generous fee split we offer a 401K plan. If you meet the above referenced qualifications and are interested in discussing further please contact Dennis Smith, MAI at 925/855-4950 ext. 224 or dsmith@smithassociatesinc.com.



Real Estate Appraiser Position Available at Kidder Mathews

Kidder Mathews Valuation Advisory is looking for smart, entrepreneurial, and highly-motivated individuals to work as appraisers in our San Jose, Redwood Shores, and San Francisco offices.  We offer the highest compensation package in the industry, along with a full spectrum of benefits including health insurance; a 401k retirement plan; payment of Appraisal Institute dues and BREA fees; and an education stipend for AI Candidates.  Each office also provides full administrative and technical support in a professional environment.


  • State of California AG certification and/or Appraisal Institute MAI designation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, math, and analytical abilities
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, and Argus
  • Highly professional image and demeanor

Kidder Mathews is one of the largest, independent commercial real estate firms on the West Coast, with over 550 real estate professionals and staff in 14 offices in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, and Arizona.  We provide a complete range of brokerage, appraisal, property management, consulting, project & construction management, and sustainability services.  Recently, Kidder Mathews was named a Business Journal “Best Workplace” and a Bay Area News Group “Top Workplace”, and has also made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing, privately-held companies.

Qualified applicants should submit a résumé to jenright@kiddermathews.com.


WELLS FARGO: Valuation Consultant 3 — San Francisco

10+ years of valuation experience, Certified Appraiser, 1+ year of leadership experience.  The ideal candidate will have the ability to effectively partner and influence executive leadership while also ensuring the business runs efficiently, supports the customer needs, and always remains in compliance. 

Detailed job description and link to complete a profile at https://www.wellsfargo.com/careers
(Job Search Requisition: # 5300269)


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