Appraiser I

posted Jan 3, 2019, 2:43 PM by Debra Williams-Baker

Socorro County

Job Description


Job Title:          Residential Appraiser I                                                                Job Code:              313

Division:          Residential Property                                                                   Effective Date:     04/15

Department:     Assessor                                                                                   Last Revised:       




Performs a variety of entry level professional property assessment duties related to residential property to determine market value for county tax purposes.




Works under close to general guidance and direction of the Chief Appraiser.








1.        Real Property Appraisal: Conducts reappraisal and new appraisal efforts for all types of residential and commercial properties including personal property, vacant land, condominiums, mobile home, and greenbelt (agricultural) to arrive at estimated fair market value; assists in scheduling appraisal workload in establishing appraisal priorities; records appraisal information on standardized report forms; reviews appraisal decision for appraisal consistency to assure equity between tax payers; interviews persons familiar with property, takes measurements and makes sketches of the same; inspects property for construction, condition, and functional design; takes photos and compiles data according to established procedures; processes appraisal results.


2.        Performs public relations in the process of conducting appraisals; travels through designated areas being alert to new construction and land development; researches building permits records, sales and leases, plat and tax rolls; locates new property developments, contacts property owners to arrange for appraisals.


3.        May participate in board of equalization hearings and subsequent appraisal work as needed to defend valuation decisions during appeals procedures; may be required to testify in court in defense of appraisal decisions.


4.        Responds to questions from property owners related to the evaluation and assessment of property; composes replies to correspondence on related appraisal questions, telephone and personal questions pertaining to property values.


5.        Maintains accurate sales logs and ratio analysis; keeps accurate sales maps; conducts yearly sales ratio analysis; maintains County vehicles; assist with customer service;


6.        Performs related duties as required.




1.             Education and Experience:


A.             One (1) year of specialized training related to above duties;


B.             Two (2) year of responsible experience performing the above or related duties;


C.            An equivalent combination of education and experience.


2.             Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:



Working knowledge of terminology unique to the appraisal field;  the income approach to property valuation;  current principles, procedures, techniques and approaches to value used in the appraisal of real property;   computer assisted property appraisal;  tax laws of the State of New Mexico as they relate to property tax and the taxing process;  taxation appeals processes related to board of equalization and court proceedings;  public relations and interviewing methods; inter-relationship with other                                                                                                    

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county offices;  material quality and cost of construction;  appraisal methodologies related to market, cost and income; technical report writing; interpersonal communication skills. Some knowledge of blue print reading; drafting principles and terminology; county geography; methods of land appraisal including the terrain, capacity of soil, and comparable value; sales ratio studies and coefficient of dispersion.


Ability to analyze and interpret valid sales activity within the property market and to translate findings into meaningful functional sales ratio studies; visually observe the details of property and arrive at a accurate and equitable appraisal; apply appropriate methods of valuation; make mathematical calculations in determining percentages, volumes, areas, acreage,  etc.; ability to interpret cost manuals used in the appraisal of property and apply appropriate methods of valuation; make judgment decisions in the appraisal process; ability to read legal descriptions, deeds, plat books, maps, and blue prints; operate a variety of tools and equipment i.e. calculator, computer, typewriter, camera, drafting instruments, measuring devices, etc.; communicate effectively verbally and in writing;   develop and maintain effective working relationship with the public, fellow employees, and supervisors;  follow written and verbal instructions; interpret, develop and analyze cost manual


3.             Special Qualifications:


                Must become certified to be a designated Ad Valorum real property appraiser completing one of the four courses as established by the State Department of Tax & Revenue and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO). Within the first two years of being hired.


Must possess a New Mexico Driver’s License and undergo periodic State DMV license status verification.



4.             Work Environment:


Incumbent of the position performs generally in a typical office setting with appropriate climate controls.  Frequent travel and exposure to outside weather conditions. Tasks require variety of physical activities, periodically involving muscular strain, such as walking, standing, stooping, sitting, and reaching. Talking, hearing and seeing essential to job performance.    Common eye, hand, finger, leg and foot dexterity exist.  Mental application utilizes memory for details, verbal instructions, emotional stability and discriminating thinking.



This is the first of a four-level series in the Commercial Appraiser job family.


Distinguishing features of this description:


At this level the incumbent receives instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise. This work involves steps, processes, and/or methods that require the application of policies and procedures. The incumbent exercises initiative and judgment in distinguishing amongst variables and identifying the applicable standards. Work is performed under direct supervision with new tasks explained in detail. As experience increases and tasks become familiar, work is performed under more general supervision