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Appraisal Institute Praises House for Passing Valuation-Related Bills
Fri, 20 Sep 2019 08:00:00 GMT

The Appraisal Institute, the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers, today applauded the U.S. House for passing consumer-friendly legislation that will address long-standing concerns surrounding residential appraisals.

Don’t Like Your Home’s Appraisal? Here’s What You Can Do
Tue, 17 Sep 2019 08:00:00 GMT

Buyers and sellers who are concerned about a home’s appraisal have options available to them, the president of the nation’s largest professional association of real estate appraisers said today.


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NCREIF Issues Agricultural Appraisal Guidelines
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:40:00 GMT

The National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries released its Agricultural Appraisal Guidelines Sept. 11. Developed by members of the NCREIF Farmland Committee with input from organizations such as the Appraisal Institute, the guidelines are intended to provide clearly defined standards fo [...]

Flex Office Space to Claim Bigger Market Slice: CBRE
Wed, 18 Sep 2019 11:38:00 GMT

The U.S. market for flexible office space is expected to boom during the next 10-plus years, according to a report released Sept. 12 by real estate firm CBRE. By 2030, flex space is expected to account for 13% of overall office space, up from 1.8% today, and total 600 million square feet, up from 71 [...]


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Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CCIM, CRE, FRICS

Tom Hamilton, PhD, MAI, CCIM, CRE, FRICS is the Fogelson Distinguished Chair at Roosevelt University's Chicago School of Real Estate and founder and president of Karvel-Hamilton Real Estate Analytics. For over 20 years Dr. Hamilton has taught graduate and undergraduate real estate valuation courses, and for 30 years he has conducted valuation and appraisal services for the telecommunication and public utility industries and for numerous local and state agencies in the valuation of real property. Dr. Hamilton holds a BS, MS and a PhD (Real Estate) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MS (Finance) from the University of Wyoming...

Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA

Jeff Jacobson, MAI, SRA is Vice President at Jacobson and Associates, Real Estate Appraisals and Consulting, in Sycamore, Illinois. During his 25+ years in the valuation and consulting of real estate, Jeff has extensive experience as an appraiser, consultant, expert witness, and investor. Jacobson is an approved instructor for the Appraisal Institute and the State of Illinois and actively teaches qualifying education courses including the Supervisory Appraiser/ Trainee Appraiser Course, Income Capitalization, among others. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Bradley University in Business Management and Administration with a minor...

Joe Mags, Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS

Joe Mags, Joseph Magdziarz, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, AI-RRS has been an active instructor for AI for the past three decades. He was the 2011 National President and has served on the Education Committee in many capacities including Chair. Joseph is qualified to facilitate numerous courses and seminars.

Joe Wallace, MAI

Joe Wallace, MAI, is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner, at Praedium Valuation Group (PVG), which is headquartered in Chicago, IL. Mr. Wallace began PVG in 2001 and today the firm has a diverse service offering, which includes commercial valuations, residential valuations, litigation support and consulting services. PVG's clients include attorneys, developers, title companies, mortgage lenders and public agencies, as well as corporate and institutional owners and investors.

John Urubek, MAI, CCIM

John Urubek, MAI, CCIM has been an appraiser for 40+ years and heavily involved in the Appraisal Institute's educational system for more than three decades. He is now approved to teach all general level and all advanced level courses needed to become an MAI. On a national level, he has served on the Curriculum, Body of Knowledge, and Education committees. Presently, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. He is a recipient of the national President's Award and the President's Award for the Chicago Chapter. He was extremely honored when inducted into the Instructor's Hall of Fame for the Chicago Chapter...

Kerry M. Jorgensen, MAI

Kerry M. Jorgensen, MAI is an active real estate appraiser and owns a small firm in Utah. He has been an instructor for the Appraisal Institute for more than 30 years and has served that organization as a chapter president and on the national board of directors, as well as on numerous committees and project teams. He has authored courses and seminars and is a contributor to the current editions of The Appraisal of Real Estate and The Dictionary of Real Estate Appraisal. Among his awards and honors are the 2014 Armstrong-Kahn Award - For Outstanding Original Article in the Appraisal Journal, the 2015 Dr. William N. Kinnard, Jr...

Randall Neff, MAI, SRA

Randall Neff is a partner in Neff Valuation Group in Peoria, Illinois. Neff Valuation Group is a diverse practice that completes valuations of residential, multifamily, commercial and industrial properties for a variety of client types. Randall has been an appraiser since 1982, primarily involved in the valuation of commercial and industrial properties. He has been an instructor for approximately 20 years.

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Find An Appraiser

Search the Appraisal Institute's comprehensive appraiser database that lists professionals from all over the world. It has become an indespensible resource to those seeking valuation services, as well as a source of business for appraisers themselves.

This Directory lists real estate appraisers who are Designated Members, Candidates for Designation, or Practicing Affiliates of the Appraisal Institute.

Designated members who hold the MAI, SRPA, SRA, AI-GRS and AI-RRS designations have met rigorous requirements relating to education, experience and demonstration of knowledge, understanding and ability.

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What Our Members Say

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute offers the best real estate appraisal education in the industry. The Chapter offers many gatherings, ranging from meetings, seminars, classes and social events which allowed me to meet and mingle with like minded professionals and expand my network"

-David Binz, SRA

"Being a designated member has opened many doors. I get inquiries from all around the country looking for work from MAI's. I have also made many friends and have enjoyed the classes and seminars. I think anyone involved in the real estate industry would benefit working with AI. The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute is a comfortable facility with a friendly and knowledgeable staff."

-Bruce Darata, MAI

"CCAI has a proud history as being "the" innovative leader and influence in the Appraisal Institute. An aspiring appraiser cannot find a better environment or mentor network that encourage success. It offers outstanding opportunities in appraisal education and leadership. Many members have developed national fame for their specialties, published books and journal articles, seminars, and contributions to the profession. CCAI is truly a treasure. Nearing the end of my career, I personally realize the importance of CCAI in where I've been, what I've done, what I've learned."

-Richard C. Sorenson, MAI

"Whether just starting your career or already established, membership in The Appraisal Institute provides a wide variety of quality education options, consistently high ethical standards, and a variety opportunities to network with other appraisers, and related real estate and financial market participants."

-Karen T. Emerle, SRA

"Benefits of membership include up-to-date continuing education, opportunities to serve the appraisal professionals in the industry in various capacities, social interaction and access to a vast network of appraisal professionals. An MAI since 1984, and a member of the Chicago Chapter since1981, I strongly believe the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute could be an advantageous association for anybody who desires to be in the appraisal industry."

-Michael A. Wolin, MAI SRA

"The Appraisal Institute is the premier professional organization in the appraisal industry and the MAI designation is the most prestigious in the industry and widely recognized world-wide. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute is an important appraisal industry organization that advocates for its members through educational services, legislative activities and social activities."

-John C. Satter, MAI

"Being a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has provided me with many wonderful networking opportunities with other appraisers from all over the country. Classes are offered at convenient locations both downtown and in the suburbs. The Chicago Chapter has provided me with an outstanding education through their vast offerings of qualifying education on my path to designation as well as continued education course offerings to help maintain my state licenses. I have made many great friends and colleagues at the Chicago Chapter, and am honored to be a part of this professional organization."

-Alexandra M. Meade, MAI, AI-GRS

"I joined the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute because of the excellent educational resources afforded members and the ability to speak with seasoned veterans of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. It is truly difficult to find fellow appraisers that truly understand the business and have such a depth of insightful knowledge. The Chicago Chapter is the proverbial North Star of chapters, in my opinion, as the depth of appraisal knowledge in the Chicago chapter runs from rural to urban properties and from nationwide to worldwide properties. Every commercial and residential appraiser would benefit from joining the Chicago Chapter just to be well informed and to have the ability to call a knowledgeable fellow appraiser for those complex assignments or insight into running a fee shop."

-Mark T. Gasick, SRA, AI-RRS

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has been a great source of education to advance my career in the real estate appraisal industry. It also offers many opportunities for networking with my peers, as well as serving the organization."

-Cameron Rex, MAI

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute has established itself as one of the leading providers of appraiser education and training in the country, and actually the world. With the expansion and establishment of the four different designations, MAI, SRA, AI-GRS, and AI-RRS, education and training is more important than ever in the advancements of our careers as appraisers. Become a member of the Chicago Chapter and give some of your time and energy to make it great. It really is going to give back to you as much as you give to the organization and more. Whether it be sponsorships, or donations of time, it will make a difference in your life and career as an appraiser."

-Mark S. Whitsitt, SRA

"Prior to joining the Chicago Chapter, the leadership was very helpful to me, when I approached them with questions. So, I joined the chapter. Since joining, leadership opportunities have been made available to me that were not available at other chapters. I have also participated as a member. The members have been very supportive of me and helpful in my journey. I have enjoyed my time with the chapter members and hope to continue to do so."

-L. Stacy Letton, MAI, SRA

"As the owner of a small appraisal firm, I often struggle to find new opportunities to meet leaders and experienced appraisers in our industry. Becoming a member of the appraisal institute and getting involved in the chapter, has given me access to a vast network of these professionals, and has been the single greatest decision I have made as a leader, appraiser and a business owner."

-Sam Louise, Standard Valuation Services

"The Chicago chapter of the appraisal institute is a wonderful resource for continuing education and appraisal networking. I look forward to the annual conditions of the market seminar every year."

-Susan Z. Ulman, MAI

"Joining the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute was a defining moment in my career and over time has converted my business into a professional firm. The appraisal industry is changing and building strong relationships with other professionals is essential to staying ahead. Nowhere else can you find better real estate valuation experts."

-Kenneth J. Mrozek, Jr., MAI, SRA

"The Chicago Chapter’s website is my go-to resource in finding appraisers for my firm. In addition to being able to post available positions, I also can take a look at appraisers who are seeking work. This is a great resource available to Appraisal Institute members and affiliates."

-Kent D. Steele, MAI

"Becoming a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute provided me an opportunity to network, as well as, employment opportunities. The majority of my employment opportunities were due to membership and access to the CCAI website. The benefits are surmountable when it comes to membership discounts on courses, educational offerings, employment postings, scholarship opportunities, etc. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute is a professional powerhouse for real estate appraisers and other professional organizations of real estate services."

-Barbara Neal

"I have found the instructors at the Chicago Chapter and the fellow members are extremely willing to help others in this profession to succeed. Their help extends beyond the classroom into ones daily business practice. The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute has provided me with the tools to help me be better prepared for the challenges facing our profession. CCAI has been and continues to be made up of people who recognize a need and are willing to work to fill that need to improve the organization or a fellow member, often at great sacrifice to their own to their own needs."

-John G McMahon, SRA, AI-RRS

"The local chapter has the most comprehensive and frequent CE and QE offerings available to appraisers. The Staff at CCAI always WOW's the membership in customer service."

-Keith Wolf, SRA, AI-RRS

"The Chicago Chapter of The Appraisal Institute provides one of the largest networks of appraisers in the US. To be a part of the Chicago Chapter has not only benefitted person growth but professional growth as well. I believe any company would benefit with working with the CCAI. With an extensive membership and networking opportunities there is no limit to the cross impacts between business. The CCAI values its members and looks out for their best interests. To be as successful as it has been year over year is a testament to the strength its community."

-Kenneth Konrath, MAI

"I feel honored to be affiliated with what I considered to be some of the best appraisers in the country. The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute keeps me up to date with issues and I stay informed of the changes in the profession, some I even had to privilege of participating in their development. The Chicago Chapter gave me a good foundation for my career and has sustained me as I near retirement. But, one of the most important benefits are the relationships I developed with other members of the Chapter that have created lasting friendships."

-Sharon Bagby, SRA

"The Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute provides high quality professional education, industry support, interesting social events and chances to become involved and meet with other appraisers. If you are looking to expand your appraisal knowledge and network with other appraisers, the chapter is by far the best option."

-Keith Solomon, MAI

Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute. To learn more about the Chicago Chapter of the Appraisal Institute’s Scholarships visit this site. To make a donation or if you have any questions please contact LA Anderson at LA@ccai.org.

Appraisal Institute Scholarships

These scholarships are funded by the Appraisal Institute Education Trust (AIET). To learn more about the AIET, visit the Appraisal Institute Education Trust. Or visit the Charitable Entities section to make a donation. Please email educationtrust@appraisalinstitute.org if you have any questions.

Newly Designated Members

MAI Members

MAI Members

Robert D. Becker, MAI
Peter D. Helland, MAI
Mark Munizzo, MAI
Jacob Johnston, MAI
Nicholas T. McGinn, MAI
Donald A. Hall, MAI
Kari A. Kreiter, MAI
Anne F. Gompel, MAI
Paul Finch, MAI
Jorge Carlos Paredes Sanchez,MAI 
Robert J. Anton, Jr, MAI
Rebecca Rae Franklin, MAI
Craig A Schumacher, MAI
Robert A Tafaro, MAI
Randall L Neff, MAI, SRA
Robert S Huth, MAI
Ibiyinka A. Aboyade-Cole, MAI
Brent Baldwin, MAI
Kyle James Bryant, MAI
William C. Cantrell, III, MAI
Shillah Enayat, MAI
Douglas B. Jirka, MAI
Erik J. Lekberg, MAI
Antonino Salvatore Mule, MAI
Theofanis Nicholas, MAI
James T. O'Leary, MAI
Nenad Trichkovski, MAI
Gary J. Wager, MAI
Adam K. Zimmerman, MAI
Douglas V. Duda, MAI
Nicholas Masella,Jr., MAI
David Ibarra, MAI
Nikolas R. Bex, MAI
Charles Brigden, MAI
Clayton P. Conn, MAI
Eileen M. Lach, MAI
Joseph M. Miller, MAI
Oluwaseun Olatoye-Ojo, MAI
Virginia C. Evely, MAI

SRA Members

SRA Members

Glenn D. Brandt, SRA
Jonathan Michie, SRA
Dennis F. Smith, SRA

AI-GRS Members

AI-GRS Members

Martin Casey, MAI, AI-GRS
Bradley R. Braemer, MAI, AI_GRS
Thomas P. Lowery, MAI, AI-GRS
John W. Von Santen MAI, AI-GRS
Donald A Hall, MAI, AI-GRS
Jill C. Linder, AI-GRS
Lorraine M. Apiecionek, MAI,AI-GRS
Julie A. Broman, AI-GRS
Matthew M. Magdziarz, MAI, AI-GRS
John H. Urubeck, MAI, AI-GRS

 

        

AI-RRS Members

AI-RRS Members

John Y Paslawsky, SRA, AI-RRS
John G McMahon, SRA, AI-RRS

 

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Appraiser Trainee

Fri, 30 Aug 2019 12:41:26 GMT

Appraiser Trainee Looking for Rock Stars Appraisals are real estate valuation puzzles and at PahRoo Appraisal and Consultancy, we solve those puzzles so that our clients can make confident decisions today that will transform their tomorrows. And guess how many tomorrows we want to impact? 100,000 tomorrows. Yes, you read that right. 100,000. We want to transform tons and tons of lives. We are currently looking for one Real Estate Appraiser Trainee to help us change lives. We’re not looking for the average trainee. We want an eager beaver. A go-getter. Someone who’s looking to learn through hard work. Someone always looking for ways to help our appraisers. They need help gathering and organizing market data. Done. Preparing site plans and maps? Done. Writitng reports? Done. You’re proactive and you want to help any way you can. There’s more, though. We have core values. Not the cliché kind, not the kind that are on a plaque in the lunchroom, not the kind we never talk about. The kind that we live every day. • Results, Not Excuses - you made the commitment. Are you willing to do what it takes to follow through on that commitment? You might miss lunch or be home a little late. If you make a mistake or need help, are you going to ‘fess up and step up? Got to own the outcome because transforming people’s lives is at stake. • Do Right Even When No One Is Watching – Make Mama Proud. You know what we’re talking about here. If she’s wagging her finger at you, you know you shouldn’t be doing it. No shortcuts, nothing shady. Do what you know in your heart is the right thing for the client, for the company and for the team. • Us Before Me – Golf, chess, and swimming are one-player sports. But appraisal at PahRoo is a team sport where 1+1=3 . We are dedicated and committed to each other’s success because we all have a genuine desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. • Growth Through Learning – even super heroes know that there’s always something to learn, a different perspective, a new insight. Are you open to listening, learning, and growing? Do you Thrive on learning new things? • Committed to Excellence – well, this one is pretty self-explanatory. You expect the best from yourself and you don’t settle for less. You know people’s lives depend on your work and you exceed expectations. There’s more though. Can you check all of these boxes? Technical Skills: • Holds an Appraisal Trainee Certificate • Bachelor’s degree • Ability to balance priorities and workload in an ever-changing environment (even when things are moving fast). • Effective written and verbal communication skills • Excellent writing and analytical skills • Detail obsessed (Perfect is your middle name) • A thirst for knowledge Advanced Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) skills • Ability to travel within the state (possibly out of state too. There’s talk of a team meeting in Florida). The People Skills • Ability to interact with integrity and a high level of professionalism with all levels of team members, management and clients • Ability to provide strong customer service while processing complex transactions and performing extensive research to resolve complex client issues • Ability to work in a team environment, contributing to peers and learning from peers, as well as work independently when remote • Ability to check your ego at the door and take constructive criticism Responsibilities • Completely research items necessary for each property (“folder research”). This includes identifying zoning, demographics, aerials, etc. and able to upload all of this information into reports and databases with proper labeling. • Successfully search for data in reports and databases, accurately input and update data • Accurately enter verified comparable land and improved sales into reports and databases • Look up pertinent information on the subject property and to describe the subject property, neighborhood, region, market in the report including trends and ideal improvement • Compile and complete neighborhood and market research using all company and public resources • Navigate software and server with ease to locate and save files • Efficiently scan and print large documents for workfiles • Attend appraisal appointments with appraisers • Read previously completed appraisal reports to develop familiarity • Complete grammar and content review on appraisal reports prior to distribution • Attends weekly and monthly PahRoo meetings and participates in Daily Huddles. • And that’s just for starters…as a trainee you’ll be doing even more as you progress towards getting your appraisal license The “Fun” Stuff • A business, casual office that’s close to the highway and has plenty of parking • An environment where each person has a voice and is encouraged to use it • A team of really cool people who truly love their work and enjoy company swag • A culture of celebration and recognition…did we mention that we like to get together for socials • A place to do the best work of your life and evolve yourself and your role into the best versions of themselves If you rolled your eyes at any time while reading this job posting and are thinking that this is all a bunch of “hold hands and sing a song” nonsense, we are not the right company for you. And that’s ok. But if you didn’t roll your eyes and are thinking “this place sounds cool” and “these are my people” - we want to hear from you. If you’re the rockstar trainee we’re looking for, respond to this post with your cover letter and resume to humanresources@pahroo.com Company Description PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy is a 20-year-old company with a strong track record of growth and thought leadership. Our office is located in the Northwest corner of Chicago, in Lincolnwood. The company is expanding and growing, with creativity, resourcefulness and accountability at the core. The founder has created an office environment that is honest, transparent, and empowering.

Lori Brutvan
humanresources@pahroo.com


Illinois Certified Residential Appraiser

Tue, 27 Aug 2019 15:32:31 GMT

We are looking for an Illinois Certified Residential Appraiser to join our Appraisal Firm. We cover the following counties: Will, Grundy, Kendall, Livingston, Kankakee, Southern DuPage and Southern Cook County. We are a 30 year full time and established appraisal firm. Residential and Commercial. Above average compensation. No AMC work. Good client base. Please contact Lisa Rodgers at 815-727-2550 9am- 12pm weekdays or email us at jvsmith@ameritech.net with credentials and license.

James Smith
jvsmith@ameritech.net


Residential and Commercial Staff Appraisers

Tue, 13 Aug 2019 13:52:30 GMT

Residential and Commercial Staff Appraisers Looking for Rock Stars Appraisals are real estate valuation puzzles and at PahRoo Appraisal and Consultancy, our appraisers solve those puzzles so that our clients can make confident decisions today that will transform their tomorrows. And guess how many tomorrows we want to impact? 100,000 tomorrows. Yes, you read that right. 100,000. We want to transform tons and tons of lives. We are currently looking for one additional Residential and one additional Commercial Appraiser to help us change lives. But we’re not looking for plain vanilla appraisers. Those are a dime a dozen. We’re looking for the rock star appraisers. Steven Tyler. Mick Jagger. Janis Joplin. Jon Bon Jovi. Pink. Justin Timberlake. You. Yes, we want quality reports. Every report. On time. Every time. That’s you? Awesome. There’s more. Yes, we have core values. Not the cliché kind, not the kind that are on a plaque in the lunchroom, not the kind we never talk about. The kind that we live every day. • Results, Not Excuses - you made the commitment to our client. Are you willing to do what it takes to follow through on that commitment? You might miss lunch or be home a little late. If you make a mistake or need help, are you going to ‘fess up and step up? Got to own the outcome because transforming people’s lives is at stake. • Do Right Even When No One Is Watching – Make Mama Proud. You know what we’re talking about here. If she’s wagging her finger at you, you know you shouldn’t be doing it. No shortcuts, nothing shady. Do what you know in your heart is the right thing for the client, for the company and for the team. • Us Before Me – Golf, chess, and swimming are one-player sports. But appraisal at PahRoo is a team sport where 1+1=3 . We are dedicated and committed to each other’s success because we all have a genuine desire to be part of something bigger than ourselves. • Growth Through Learning – even super heroes know that there’s always something to learn, a different perspective, a new insight. Are you open to listening, learning, and growing? Do you Thrive on learning new things? • Committed to Excellence – well, this one is pretty self-explanatory. You expect the best from yourself and you don’t settle for less. You know people’s lives depend on your work and you exceed expectations. There’s more though. Can you check all of these boxes? Technical Skills: • Holds a Certified Residential or Certified Commercial Appraisal License (or higher) in the State of Illinois; FHA approved. • 3+ Years Appraisal Experience • Have a clean appraisal record (no appraiser blacklists) • Bachelor’s degree • Expert knowledge and experience performing complex and high end residential or commercial appraisal assignments • Have an understanding of local real estate markets throughout the market area of Northern Illinois • A reputation for writing clean, organized, and well-researched reports (our Operation Department will love you, so will our clients). • Detail obsessed (even when things are moving fast). • A thirst for knowledge and the ability to check your ego at the door and take constructive criticism • Excellent time and priority management skills—the thought of missing a deadline makes you cringe. It makes us cringe too. • Thorough working knowledge of computer technology, appraisal software, mapping software, laser measuring tool and County Record systems • Advanced Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook) skills • Ability to travel within the state (possibly out of state too. There’s talk of a team meeting in Florida). The People Skills • Ability to interact with integrity and a high level of professionalism with all levels of team members, management and clients • Ability to provide strong customer service while processing complex transactions and performing extensive research to resolve complex client issues • Ability to work in a team environment, contributing to peers and learning from peers, as well as work independently when remote • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills Responsibilities • Independently balances a mix of appraisal assignments and review assignments, determines scope of work and report needs, and performs appraisals while meeting quality, service and production expectations. • Completes exterior and interior property observations, narrative, full, and/or desktop appraisals, and appraisal reviews - regardless of transaction size. • Understands and adheres to USPAP, PahRoo appraisal standards and regulatory guidelines. • Solves complex appraisal problems using recognized appraisal methodologies. • Prepares restricted-use appraisal reports for tax assessment analyses. • Attends weekly and monthly PahRoo meetings and participates in Daily Huddles. Benefits • Base salary plus commission • Medical insurance • Paid vacation • Education reimbursements to support your professional development and career advancement. The “Fun” Stuff • A business, casual office that’s close to the highway and has plenty of parking • An environment where each person has a voice and is encouraged to use it • A team of really cool people who truly love their work and enjoy company swag • A culture of celebration and recognition…did we mention that we like to get together for socials • A place to do the best work of your life and evolve yourself and your role into the best versions of themselves If you rolled your eyes at any time while reading this job posting and are thinking that this is all a bunch of “hold hands and sing a song” nonsense, we are not the right company for you. And that’s ok. But if you didn’t roll your eyes and are thinking “this place sounds cool” and “these are my people” - we want to hear from you. Company Description PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy is a 20-year-old company with a strong track record of growth and thought leadership. Our office is located in the Northwest corner of Chicago, in Lincolnwood. The company is expanding and growing, with creativity, resourcefulness and accountability at the core. The founder has created an office environment that is honest, transparent, and empowering.

Lori Brutvan
humanresources@pahroo.com


Manager of Special Properties

Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:10:14 GMT

Notice of Job Availability MANAGER OF SPECIAL PROPERTIES Reporting directly to the Director of Special Properties, the Manager of Special Properties is responsible for supervising the operations and staff of the Special Properties Assessments Unit within the Valuations and Assessments Department of the Cook County Assessor’s Office (CCAO). The Manager’s duties include providing direct oversight of the Special Properties Assessments employees’ work performance, assigning work and ensuring proper workflow, addressing and resolving employee concerns and questions, approving time-off requests, issuing performance evaluations, initiating disciplinary action, and ensuring the Special Assessments Unit provides good customer service. Additional duties include assisting the Director of Special Properties with the assessment and valuation of industrial and commercial real properties (excluding those handled by the Commercial Valuations Division). The Manager ensures such industrial and commercial real property is assessed in a fair and uniform manner and is responsible for meeting all of CCAO’s prescribed deadlines. Essential Job Duties • Supervises and directs the employees within the Special Properties Assessments Unit. • Recommends to the Director of Special Properties the appropriate assessed values on all special properties, including but not limited to industrial (non-rent producing), stadiums, hotels, landfills, assisted living facilities and nursing homes, bowling alleys, convenience stores, and other categories of real property designated by the Assessor, the Deputy Assessor – Chief Valuations Officer (“CVO”) and Director of Special Properties, from time to time (“special properties”), as part of the initial assessment process. • As part of the appeals process, approves changes to assessed value of special property that fall within parameters established by the Deputy Assessor – Chief Valuations Officer and recommends for approval to the Director of Special Properties changes to assessed value of such property that are outside such parameters. • Assists the Director of Special Properties in developing the final estimation of special property by reviewing all initial calculations and final valuations. • Coordinates the regular reviews of properties within the jurisdiction to evaluate changes to the assessed value due to remodeling, additions or demolition. • Evaluates features where properties are situated, considering locations and trends or impending changes that could influence future values. • Verifies descriptions of properties by using commercial Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal models, and Geographic Information System analysis. • Verifies zoning classifications and examines spatial patterns, such as traffic, employment centers, shopping centers, and other neighborhood features in order to evaluate their impact on property values. • Interviews persons familiar with properties and their immediate surroundings (e.g. appraisers, contractors, lenders, owners, and realtors), to obtain relevant data and information. • Directs searches of online databases to obtain market data for comparative analysis of rents, expenses, occupancy, capitalization rates, and financial data. • Works with the Director of Special Properties to develop assignment deadlines for subordinate staff based on the triennial assessment cycle. • Communicates assessment methodologies and final assessments to other CCAO departments and taxpayers, as needed. • Assists the Director of Special Properties in creating summary valuation reports for each assessed Township for publication. • Testifies at appeals hearings on how the estimated value of the real property was developed, as needed. • Reviews valuation decisions made by subordinate staff when developing estimated special property values. • Analyzes the work of subordinate staff involved in reviewing and processing of applications for appeals and certificates of error. • Reviews summaries prepared by subordinate staff for the Property Tax Appeal Board appeals. • Assists in ensuring staff productivity and the development of performance measures for subordinate staff. • Conducts performance evaluations of subordinate Special Properties Assessments Unit staff. • Works with the Director of Special Properties and the Director of Training & Continuous Improvement to identify training needs within the Special Properties Division; serves as a trainer to other staff in the Valuations Department, as needed. • Helps to administer CCAO policies and procedures and works with staff to resolve issues as they arise to ensure operational efficiency of the Unit. • Develops employee work schedules to ensure operational coverage throughout the year. • Performs other duties and assignments, as required, to achieve the overall goals of the Valuations Department. • May work extended hours and weekends as assigned. The duties described above are not set forth for purposes of limiting the assignment of work. They are not to be construed as a complete description of the many duties normally to be performed under a job title or those to be performed temporarily outside an employee’s normal line of work. This position is Actively Recruited and At Will Minimum Qualifications • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business, finance, economics, marketing, real estate or other business-related field IS REQUIRED. (Must provide original college/university transcript at the time of interview) • Five (5) years of full-time paid work experience in any of the following areas: industrial or commercial property assessment, or industrial or commercial property valuation, or industrial or commercial property appraisal, or related field IS REQUIRED. • Three (3) years of full-time paid work experience managing or supervising other employees IS REQUIRED. OR • Current employee of the Cook County Assessor’s Office. • High school diploma or GED certificate IS REQUIRED. (Must provide copy of diploma or GED Certificate at the time of interview) • Ten (10) years of full-time paid work experience in any of the following areas: industrial or commercial property assessment, or industrial or commercial property valuation, or industrial or commercial property appraisal, or related field IS REQUIRED. • Three (3) years of full-time paid work experience managing or supervising other employees IS REQUIRED. PLEASE NOTE: You must upload a copy of your current resume to be considered for the position. Preferred Qualifications Possession of any of the following preferred qualifications: • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Economics or other business related field. • One (1) year of full-time paid business enterprise valuations experience, or at least one (1) year of full-time paid work experience with a commercial and industrial lender. • Experience in industrial or commercial property appraisal. • Possession of the CAE designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) or MAI or SRPA designation from the Appraisal Institute. Post-Employment Minimum Qualification • Within three years of the hire date, obtain a CAE designation from the International Association of Assessing Officers. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities • Knowledge of CCAO operations, function, activities and the property tax system, as well as a thorough knowledge of CCAO’s procedures, policies, guidelines and other applicable rules and regulations related to valuation of real property. • Knowledge of the assessment cycle, assessment valuation standards, practices and techniques, and the three approaches to valuation. • Ability to meet CCAO and departmental deadlines, production goals and effectively utilize time with limited oversight. • Knowledge of materials, software, and equipment utilized by CCAO. • Ability to adjust to new techniques and procedures. • Ability to converse knowledgeably and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. • Ability to work with others; excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with co-workers. • Ability to coordinate and carry out instructions. • Must be computer literate, with skill and efficiency in entering and retrieving data, and have the ability to work with CCAO systems and databases, CoStar and other data platforms used to assess industrial and commercial property. • Working knowledge of CCAO Employment Plan, Employee Handbook, and any applicable collective bargaining agreement(s). • Extensive understanding of assigned industrial and commercial property classes. Physical Requirements • Visual acuity to review and edit written and electronic communications for long periods of time. • Repetitive use of hands to handle and/or operate standard office equipment. • Regular use of a telephone to communicate. • Required to lift and carry up to thirty (30) pounds of documents. JOB CODE: 7816 ANNUAL SALARY: $96,628 - $111,108, Grade 22 (Commensurate with experience) METHOD OF APPLICATION: Apply online at https://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Outreach/Job-Opportunities.aspx?type=current. Online submissions will close at 11:59pm on July 29, 2019. Applications of eligible applicants will be retained for consideration for six months following receipt of application, or until this Notice of Job Availability is withdrawn, whichever occurs first. ANY APPLICANT THAT FAILS TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS NOTICE OF JOB OPPORTUNITY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THE POSITION. The Office of the Cook County Assessor hires and promotes based on applicant qualifications and merit. The use of political factors as a condition of employment for the above job opportunity is prohibited. Any questions should be sent to Human Resources at 312-603-5155. COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Annette Moore
amoore@cookcountyassessor.com


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Appraisal Trainee

Tue, 25 Jun 2019 14:03:03 GMT

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+ICAP Speaks Out
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