Commercial Appraiser
Hastings, MN 
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DEPARTMENT: Assessing Services
HOURS: Full-time
SALARY RANGE: $62,661.00 - $97,908.00 Annually (108 Grade level)
LOCATION: Hastings
CLOSE DATE: Continuous until filled.

Dakota County offers rewarding career opportunities that make a real difference in people's lives. From maintaining roads to maintaining property records, protecting the environment to protecting our children's health, finding homes for those in need to finding justice for crime victims -- the work we do touches the lives of each of our residents every day. We're proud of what we do. You can be too. Join our team of nearly 2,000 and launch a career where you can truly "Be More."

The Commercial Appraiser is responsible for accurately and equitably valuing and classifying commercial, industrial, apartment, and complex special purpose properties according to relevant state statutes, for Ad Valorem (property) tax purposes; responds to difficult questions or concerns; involved in all aspects of appeals filed; performs related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Two years of post-secondary education or training AND
  • Three years' experience in appraisal and/or assessment of real and personal property OR
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience to total 5 years AND
  • Licensed Certified Minnesota Assessor (CMA) with Income Property Appraisal endorsement by MN Board of Assessors OR Licensed Certified General Appraiser by the MN Department of Commerce AND
  • Valid Driver's License
  • Must continue to meet all qualifications set forth by the Minnesota State Board of Assessors, including obtaining licensure as an Accredited Minnesota Assessor from the State Board of Assessors by July 1, 2022, or within five years of having become licensed as a Certified Minnesota Assessor, whichever is later.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Real Estate, or related field
  • License: Accredited MN Assessor (AMA), Senior Accredited MN Assessor (SAMA) license, assessment designation from the IAAO (CAE, AAS, RES), or appraisal designation from the Appraisal Institute (MAI, SRPA, SRA, RM)
Duties & Responsibilities

These examples do not include all possible tasks in this work and do not limit the assignment of related tasks in any position of this classification. Regular attendance according to the position's management approved work schedule is required for all positions.

  1. Appraise commercial, industrial, apartment, and complex special use properties using the three approaches to valuation and mass appraisal statistical modeling techniques.
  2. Inspect vacant land, and improved properties to gather physical attributes and characteristics.
  3. Perform market research by gathering data including actual income and expense data, occupancy levels, rental rates, expense rates, and capitalization rates to determine potential market performance of income producing properties.
  4. Verify and compile data on all transactions of assigned properties. Verify sales by interviewing buyers, sellers, and operators of real estate to determine their validity for inclusion in the Department of Revenues annual sales ratio study. Compile sales data and enter in ACE-Assessor Commercial Exchange database.
  5. Maintain a complete record of each property, which may include over 150 fields of data.
  6. Respond to complex questions and concerns from taxpayers, attorneys and tax representatives regarding the assessment process, property valuation, classification, and tax calculations.
  7. Investigate and review requests for reduction of assessed valuation or change in classification. Complete review appraisals including Market grids and Income Proformas. Deal effectively with property owners at open book and Board of Review meetings resolving appraisal issues.
  8. Responsible for the litigation of court petitions. Handle all aspects of commercial, industrial, apartment, and special purpose property tax petitions including: reviewing compliance with income data disclosure, negotiating fair settlements with tax attorneys, preparing narrative appraisals, and defending values through testimony in Minnesota State Tax Court.
  9. Work with other commercial appraisers on appropriate application of appraisal/assessing techniques, and provide work direction to others, such as county attorneys, assigned to assist in the commercial appraisal division.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities and Work Environment

  • Knowledge of the statistical methodologies involved in mass appraisal of commercial, industrial, apartment, and special use properties, as well as State mandated guidelines monitoring our overall level of assessment.
  • Knowledge and skills of implementation associated with appraisal techniques including, but not limited to, the Cost Approach, Income Approach, and Sales Comparison Approach.
  • Ability to implement appraisal techniques with mass appraisal modeling to establish annual market valuations of all commercial, industrial, apartment and special use properties throughout Dakota County.
  • Ability to utilize personal tablet for day to day activities including organization and effective time management.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret instruments of transfer for reliability and validity.
  • Ability to work independently and make quality decisions while prioritizing workload to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to apply complex problem solving techniques in response to customer disputes and tax issues.
  • Ability to read and interpret blueprints and knowledge of the terminology pertaining to the development of real estate and associated building costs.
  • Ability to interpret income and expense statements and understand investor motivations pertaining to capitalization rates for specific property types.
  • Ability to work effectively with real estate professionals, attorneys, local officials and the public in a professional manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is performed in a County office building and at various properties as required. Lifting requirement of up to 20 pounds on an occasional basis. Exposure to hazardous physical conditions such as mechanical parts, electrical currents, and vibration; atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dusts, gases and poor ventilation; extreme temperatures, inadequate lighting, and intense noise may occur on the job. Must have the physical ability to work outside in all weather to inspect properties. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, computer, printer, telephone, calculator, tablet, copy and fax machines, CAMA Appraisal System, cash flow programs, tape measure, laser measuring device, recording devices, digital camera, mass mailing, statistical software, internet based ACE commercial data exchange system, letters, brochures, and spreadsheet programs.

SELECTION PROCESS: The examination/selection process for this classification will consist of a rating of your training and experience from the application materials submitted. The top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration. Dakota County welcomes and is inclusive of diverse people, backgrounds, and perspectives. The County aims to reflect the community and clients it serves, and fosters an equitable and respectful working environment where everyone is empowered to be their authentic selves.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Experience
3+ years
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