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Senior Real Property Agent - City of Bellevue ( Job # 13-0004)

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Minimum Salary: $5,936.92 per month
Maximum Salary: $8,192.32 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Civic Services
Closes: September 10, 2014 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


The City of Bellevue Senior Real Property Agent works in the Real Property Division of the Civic Services Department and handles significant property transactions on behalf of the City with a high degree of responsibility and independence.  This position provides professional services to all City departments relating to real estate including: property negotiations, acquisitions, condemnation, relocation, dispositions, title review, document preparation, closing, property research, property inventory, leasing, and property management.  Secures and manages outside professional services for appraisals, feasibility studies, and relocation.  This position will report to the Real Property Manager.


Essential Functions of the Job

  • Acquires property and/or property rights to construct and maintain rights-of-way for transportation and utility projects and other City facilities.  This involves managing all aspects of a broad variety of property acquisition projects, including complex real estate transactions that may be highly sensitive and/or have long-term political ramifications. 
  • Acquisition activities include negotiating with property owners and coordinating activities among multiple participants including project manager and consultants, appraisers, attorneys and escrow agents as well as staff from other public agencies, as applicable.
  • Prepares project funding estimates.
  • Reviews design, right-of way and construction plans to confirm scope and accuracy of rights needed to construct and maintain City projects.
  • Advises property owners of project purpose and scope, impacts to their property and their rights under Federal, State, local laws, policies and procedures.
  • Works with project managers and engineers to resolve owners’ issues regarding property impacts from the City’s projects.
  • Performs property acquisitions in accordance with WSDOT and federal land acquisition requirements, including maintaining diary and other file documents required for federal grant approvals
  • Oversees the provision of relocation assistance to business and residential property owners and tenants displaced by the City’s projects.
  • Works with Real Property Manager assisting City Attorney’s Office in prosecuting and settling condemnation actions.
  • Obtains approval of all conveyance documents, consultant contracts and property leases.   Writes conveyance documents that accurately reflect the rights needed to construct City projects. Collaborates with City Attorney’s Office and Real Property Manager in determining the type, scope and form of documentation appropriate to the transaction.  Obtains proper title for the City’s purchased rights.
  • Secures and oversees appraisal and review appraisal services, as well as provision of feasibility studies, commercial rental and maintenance rate studies, and other outside professional services relating to real estate analysis, acquisition and disposition.
  • Administers appraisal, acquisition and other service contracts.
  • Serves as technical advisor to other City staff.  Works closely with Transportation and Utilities project managers and work teams regarding property rights, acquisition/disposition processes and property transactions.
  • Maintains strong, constructive working relationships with staff of other public agencies.
  • Researches property issues as requested by departments; updates and maintains the real property inventory.
  • Works with Real Property Manager and Real Property team to manage City's real property assets.
  • Processes street vacations.
  • Prepares materials for City Council action and attends City Council meetings as needed.


Education & Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in business or public administration, real estate, architecture, planning or related field.
  • Six or more years of professional related experience in property acquisition and appraisal, right-of-way acquisition, including federally-funded projects, and management of real property assets.
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Ability to obtain Notary Public immediately following employment with City of Bellevue.
  • Must have a valid Washington State Driver’s License and ability to complete a Defensive Driving Course, administered by the City immediately after employment.


Additional Qualification Criteria

  • Advanced knowledge of real estate terminology, principles and practices. 
  • Considerable knowledge of appraisal theory and principles including market data comparison methods and techniques.
  • Strong knowledge of Federal and State real property acquisition and relocation assistance policies and procedures, as well as negotiation principles.
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and procedures as they relate to project design and property acquisition; ability to read and interpret engineering plans, profile drawings, surveys and maps.
  • Knowledge of survey principles, property legal descriptions, land title reports and title research, knowledge of instruments of ownership.
  • Knowledge of property management and leasing.
  • Familiarity with real estate and condemnation law fundamentals of accounting and property management, zoning and building codes, map reading and specialty appraisals. 
  • Experience managing complex projects from early design through construction.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team environment with strong customer-service orientation and dedication to thoroughly assisting Real Property team’s customers.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other employees, property owners and/or their representative and a range of professionals, including appraisers, engineers, bankers, attorneys, and title companies.
  • Ability to work flexibly and creatively to accommodate property owners’ schedules; maintain positive relationships with the property owners in stressful atmosphere which may frequently hold conflict and hostility.
  • Ability to negotiate real property transactions involving significant public, legal and economic consequences with a large measure of independence.
  • Ability to work successfully in a political environment.
  • Skill in effective, clear and persuasive oral communications to individuals and groups; ability to clearly explain technical information.
  • Strong ability to communicate and express ideas effectively in writing; prepare clear, concise reports of activities.
  • Ability to organize, analyze, interpret and evaluate problems and provide practical, cost effective solutions.
  • Ability to plan, organize, work on and monitor multiple assignments, sometimes of a complex nature or involving competing priorities, based on established schedules and deadlines, and to produce work products that are accurate, thorough and on-time. 


Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

  • The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift, and/or carry up to 20 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet.
  • Work requires use of City vehicles to attend off-site meetings and visit project/construction sites.


How to Apply

Click "Apply Now" to complete the application for this position.  For further information about the job, please contact Max Jacobs at 425.452.4182.  If you need technical assistance with the online application, please contact our IT helpdesk at 425.452.4340.


Payroll Title: Senior Real Property Agent     Position ID#: 0215


Bellevue City Hall
450 110th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004