Bulletin Board


To post a message to this Bulletin Board or for further information about the NSREAA , contact:

Davida Mackay, Registrar/Executive Director
Nova Scotia Real Estate Appraisers Association
5670 Spring Garden Road, Suite 602
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1H6

Ph:  (902) 422-4077     Fax:  (902) 422-3717     email:  nsreaa@nsappraisal.ns.ca


Job Postings

Position: Commercial Assessor, Full time – Permanent (2 Positions)
Location: Dartmouth

Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) is responsible for assessing all property in Nova Scotia. The assessment information we produce is used by municipalities as a way to fairly and equitably distribute property taxes among residents.  With seven offices across Nova Scotia, we provide annual property assessments to 54 municipalities and produce approximately 600,000 notices for property owners.

At PVSC, our people are our greatest asset and fundamental to achieving excellence across our business. We believe leadership is part of every employee’s job, at all levels of the organization. Therefore, we attract, develop and retain highly motivated leaders with a passion for learning and continuous improvement who also share our commitment to openness, accountability and excellence.

Working together in a fast paced environment that encourages and supports innovation and collaboration, our employees excel at delivering valuable service to our clients, partners and stakeholders.  In return, we offer a competitive salary and a full range of benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan (Public Service Superannuation Plan).

Position Summary

Under the general supervision of the Area Manager, the Commercial Assessor in accordance with legislation and internal policies and procedures, is responsible for the investigation and analysis of all information required for the valuation and defense of market value for a portfolio of commercial properties throughout the province.  He/she as part of the valuation team ensures that valuation methodologies are consistently and fairly applied throughout the province.

Summary of Duties

  • Determines market value assessments for a portfolio of commercial properties by using accepted valuation practices and mass appraisal standards in compliance with the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) and in accordance with the Nova Scotia Assessment Act and generally accepted appraisal principles.
  • Investigates and analyses market transactions through sales ratio studies to measure the degree of activity, identify and correct valuation deficiencies, determine market changes and fluctuations by neighbourhood ensuring fairness, equity and uniformity of the assessment base.
  • Determines and reviews commercial neighbourhood boundaries and values by analysing data obtained through internal and external sources for commercial market data.
  • Conducts initial appeal inspection for commercial and/or resource properties, provides an explanation of value, determines specifics of appeal, and ensures accuracy of property characteristics and other relevant information affecting value. 
  • When required, prepares for and appears as an expert witness before the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
  • Reviews and recommends revisions to existing policies and procedures as they relate to the assessment of commercial properties.
  • Ensures effective public relations when visiting properties and when responding to inquiries from the general public, lawyers, real estate brokers, municipal officials, provincial government departments and others.
  • Reviews, updates and corrects information in iasWorld.
  • Performs other related duties such as assists in special projects or developmental opportunities.
     

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

Bachelor’s degree and an Appraisal Institute of Canada’s Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation, the Canadian Residential Assessor (CRA) designation with the Appraisal Institute of Canada or any other recognized IAAO designation plus three (3) years’ experience in mass appraisal valuation OR an acceptable combination of relevant training and work experience.

 Demonstrated Skills

  • Knowledge of the basic principles, techniques, terminology and valuation methodology including cost, market analysis and the income approach. 
  • Knowledge of the economy and its impact, business versus real estate, as well as trends affecting real property values is essential. 
  • Knowledge of business practices relating to ownership, rental, management and sale of real property and ability to interpret financial statements, leases, contracts, deeds and other documents required.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the NS Assessment Act and other related legislation.
  • Familiarity with real estate conveyance practices. 
  • Proficiency in the principles and practices of real estate appraisal and understand local market conditions. 
  • Excellent research and analytical skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to serve as an expert witness. 
  • Working knowledge of the iasWorld system and relevant software and commercial costing programs.
  • Familiarity with computers and windows based software applications is essential.

 In addition, PVSC expects all employees to demonstrate the following leadership competencies:

Communication, Relationship Building, Decision Making, Client & Stakeholder Partnerships, Performance Excellence, Business Acumen, Pride & Ownership.

 For more information about Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), please visit our website:   www.pvsc.ca.

 Competition: 2016-014

Classification Range: PR 13 ($2,361.32 – $2,870.39 biweekly)

Closing Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2016

All applications may be sent by email to: PVSC-Careers@pvsc.ca.  Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date. 

Click here to download a PDF copy of this Job Posting.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

 


Job Postings

Position: Consultant, Research, Valuation and Advisory
Location: Halifax, NS.

Altus Group has an immediate opening for a Consultant within our Research, Valuation and Advisory business unit in Halifax, NS.

The Consultant will prepare appraisal and/or consulting reports.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Preparing accurate appraisal reports using the latest market information obtained from various internal / external partners;
  • Developing cash flow projections to be used in the appraisal process, using industry standard software such as Argus, or other appropriate software;
  • Ensuring data collected as part of ongoing assignments is entered accurately into the company database in a timely fashion;
  • Performing property inspections;
  • Continuously upgrading the level of knowledge regarding market and industry trends;
  • Managing client relationships in a manner that leads to contract renewal, referrals and service expansion including up-sells and cross-sells;
  • Maintaining ongoing client communication and resolving issues; and
  • Coaching, training and mentoring junior staff by transferring skills and knowledge.

Job Requirements:

The preferred candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • University Degree in a related discipline;
  • AACI designation or close to obtaining the designation;
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a commercial appraisal / real estate valuation role;
  • Good knowledge of the commercial real estate industry and market dynamics in Canada;
  • Very good knowledge / expertise in valuation and advisory consulting;
  • Good skills in creating financial modeling in Excel, Argus, Marshall & Swift, etc.;
  • Good research, quantitative and analytical skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Good communication skills – interpersonal, written & oral presentation;
  • Ability to work in a team and independently;
  • Ability to takes initiative and be resourceful;
  • Ability to multi-task and meet tight deadlines;
  • Self-motivated with a high degree of integrity, honesty and ethics;
  • Ability to coach, mentor and train and to tach others how to use the latest technology;
  • Availability to work outside of core business hours when required; and
  • A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle.

Altus Group Limited is a leading provider of independent advisory services, software, and data solutions to the global commercial real estate industry. All of our five core practices – Research, Valuation and Advisory, ARGUS Software, Property Tax Consulting, Cost Consulting and Project Management, and Geomatics – embody and reflect decades of experience, a broad range of expertise, and leading edge technology. Our offerings empower clients to analyze, gain insight and recognize value on their real estate investments. Headquartered in Canada, we have approximately 2,300 employees around the world, with operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Our clients include some of the world’s largest real estate industry participants, spread across a broad variety of sectors.

Enthusiastic individuals interested in applying for this position are encouraged to submit their cover letter and resume to:   careerscanada@altusgroup.com   quoting:  5102016041 Consultant in the subject line.

Please note that only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Altus Group is committed to fostering an inclusive and accessible environment where employees feel valued and respected, and where every employee has the opportunity to realize their potential. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations, if required, and will work with you to meet your needs.

If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please contact us at:    careerscanada@altusgroup.com    or   416-641-9500.

Click here to download a PDF copy of this Job Posting.

 


Job Posting

Position:   Field Assessor, One Year Term position
Assignment:  Port Hawkesbury
Location:  Work Unit 3 – Port Hawkesbury/Sydney

Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) is responsible for assessing all property in Nova Scotia. The assessment information we produce is used by municipalities as a way to fairly and equitably distribute property taxes among residents. With seven offices across Nova Scotia, we provide annual property assessments to 51 municipalities and produce approximately 600,000 notices for property owners.
At PVSC, our people are our greatest asset and fundamental to achieving excellence across our business. We believe leadership is part of every employee’s job, at all levels of the organization. Therefore, we attract, develop and retain highly motivated leaders with a passion for learning and continuous improvement who also share our commitment to openness, accountability and excellence.  Working together in a fast paced environment that encourages and supports innovation and collaboration, our employees excel at delivering valuable service to our clients, partners and stakeholders. In return, we offer a competitive salary and a full range of benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan (Public Service Superannuation Plan).

Position Summary
Reporting to the Area Manager or designate and in accordance with legislation and internal policies and procedures, the Field Assessor is responsible for conducting inspections of properties, determining taxable or exempt classification, gathering information on land or improvements, and inputting notes and observations on external and internal factors which affect value to the iasWorld system. The Field Assessor maintains effective public relations while conducting inspections or when responding to public inquires and may occasionally appear as a witness before the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and/or the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board. 

Summary of Duties

  • In accordance with the NS Assessment Act and generally accepted appraisal procedures, the Field Assessor inspects residential, commercial and resource properties by measuring sites and site improvements to determine size, shape, and quality of construction, physical characteristics, and legislative classification, and records observations of all factors which enhance or detract from the market value of the property.
  • Conducts business occupancy inspections recording all pertinent tenant data, and processes and tracks business occupancy changes.
  • Conducts sales investigations of all types of properties to record the factors that may have influenced the sale to ensure the record accurately reflects the property characteristics at time of sale and to determine if the sale is an “arm’s length” transaction; qualifies and/or makes recommendations for qualifying the sale.
  • Conducts the initial appeal inspection for residential, commercial and resource properties, provides an explanation of value, determines specifics of appeal, and ensures accuracy of property characteristics and other relevant information affecting value and updates findings to iasWorld. Must, at all times, ensure effective public relations when visiting properties and when responding to inquiries, either in the field or office, from the general public, lawyers, real estate brokers, representatives of municipal units and others. Maintains notes, documents and inquiry records database.
  • Processes park fee applications, examines deeds, wills, leases and subdivision plans to update records and assess market value, as required by legislation, in support of the property valuation by the Residential and/or Commercial Assessor.
  • Updates and verifies information for relevance and accuracy, inputting same to iasWorld, either in the field or office.
  • Assists the Residential Assessor in determining market and CAP value assessments for a portfolio of residential and resource properties.
  • In conjunction with the Residential and/or Commercial Assessor, reviews, updates and corrects information in response to weekly edit reports.
  • May also appear as a witness before the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and/or the Nova Scotia Utility & Review Board.
  • Performs other related duties and may assist in special projects or development opportunities.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities Qualifications:

  • Two years post-secondary education plus one (1) year related work experience

OR

  • An acceptable combination of relevant training and work experience.
  • A Bachelor’s degree would be considered an asset.

Skills and Abilities:

The candidate must:

  • Be able to establish and maintain effective client relationships when inspecting properties and responding to inquiries.
  • Have experience dealing with difficult situations.
  • Be able to input data accurately to the iasWorld system.
  • Be able to work independently and as a team player.
  • Have a commitment to on-going training.

The following will be considered assets:

  • Knowledge of the NS Assessment Act and land registration systems.
  • Working knowledge of the iasWorld system.
  • Knowledge of building construction and related terminology so as to describe and evaluate the quality of buildings and construction methods inclusive of depreciation analysis.
  • Knowledge of the real estate market and its impact on the valuation process.
  • Ability to interpret survey plans, deeds, wills and other legal documents.
  • Familiarity with real estate conveyance practices in the assigned region.
  • Proficient in the principles and practices of real estate appraisal and understand local market conditions.
  • Familiarity with computers and windows based software applications is essential.

In addition, all employees must demonstrate PVSC leadership competencies of Communication, Relationship Building, Decision Making, Client & Stakeholder Partnerships, Performance Excellence, Business Acumen and Pride and Ownership.

Special Requirements:  Travel throughout the work area and province (as required).
Competition:  2016 04
Classification and salary:  TE19 ($1,762.49- $2,069.39) bi-weekly
Closing Date:  Friday, March 18, 2016

In the cover letter/resume, please quote competition number & position title. All applications may be sent by email to: PVSC-Careers@pvsc.ca. Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

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Job Posting

Position:  Residential Assessor 1 (one) Permanent position
Assignment:  Port Hawkesbury
Location:  Work Unit 3 & 4 – Port Hawkesbury/Sydney/Truro/Wolfville

Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) is responsible for assessing all property in Nova Scotia. The assessment information we produce is used by municipalities as a way to fairly and equitably distribute property taxes among residents. With seven offices across Nova Scotia, we provide annual property assessments to 51 municipalities and produce approximately 600,000 notices for property owners.

At PVSC, our people are our greatest asset and fundamental to achieving excellence across our business. We believe leadership is part of every employee’s job, at all levels of the organization. Therefore, we attract, develop and retain highly motivated leaders with a passion for learning and continuous improvement who also share our commitment to openness, accountability and excellence.  Working together in a fast paced environment that encourages and supports innovation and collaboration, our employees excel at delivering valuable service to our clients, partners and stakeholders. In return, we offer a competitive salary and a full range of benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan (Public Service Superannuation Plan).

Position Summary
Reporting to the Area Manager or designate, a Residential Assessor is responsible for the investigation and analysis of all information required for the valuation and defense of a fair, uniform and equitable estimate of market value for a portfolio of residential and resource properties. A Residential Assessor must maintain excellent public relations while dealing with clients, and may appear as an expert witness before the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.

Summary of Duties

  • Determines market and CAP value assessments for a portfolio of residential and resource properties by using accepted valuation practices and standards.
  • Reviews and recommends revisions to existing policies and procedures.
  • Processes and examines documents to update records and inputs information into iasWorld.
  • Determines and reviews residential neighborhood boundaries and values.
  • Conducts research and analysis supporting market value assessments.
  • Conducts initial appeal inspections.
  • Prepares for and appears as an expert witness before the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
  • Ensures effective public relations when visiting properties or when responding to inquiries.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Appraisal Institute of Canada’s Canadian Residential Assessor (CRA) designation or the International Association of Assessing Officers’ Residential Evaluation Specialist (RES) designation.
  • Two (2) years’ experience in mass appraisal valuation.

OR

  • An acceptable combination of relevant training and work experience.
  • Additionally, the candidate must have knowledge of:
    • Provincial and municipal legislation.
    • Trends affecting real property values.
    • Computer assisted mass appraisal systems and relevant software and costing programs.
    • Real estate conveyance practices in the region.
    • Principles and practices of real estate appraisal and understand local market conditions.

Candidates are required to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and be able to work independently or as a team player. Research and statistical analysis skills are essential.  All employees must demonstrate PVSC leadership competencies of Communication, Relationship Building, Decision Making, Client & Stakeholder Partnerships, Performance Excellence, Business Acumen and Pride and Ownership.

Special Requirements:  Travel throughout the work area and province (as required).
Competition: 2016 03
Classification and salary: PR11 ($2,148.35 – $2,609.49) bi-weekly
Closing Date: March 18, 2016

In the cover letter/resume, please quote competition number & position title. All applications may be sent by email:  PVSC-Careers@pvsc.ca.  Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

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 Job Posting

Fennell & Associates Appraisers Ltd has been servicing Nova Scotia since 1992. Fennell& Associates is a leading full service real estate appraisal and consulting firm, which operates from Halifax. We currently have openings for an AACI and a CRA or AIC Candidates who are close to obtaining an AIC designation. The ideal individual may have the opportunity to become a partner in the firm.  All applications will be discretely dealt with and all applications will be kept strictly confidential.

  • The applicant must be a member in good standing with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
  • The applicant must have professional liability insurance with the Appraisal Institute of Canada.
  • The applicant should be able to manage clients in a professional manner.
  • The applicant should possess good analytical and communication skills.
  • The applicant should be able to multi-task and have good time management skills.
  • A reliable vehicle is required.

Interested applicants please email cover letter and resume to:    novascotia.appraiser@gmail.com

Please note, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


 

Job Posting

Sr. Commercial Assessor
Full time – Permanent (2 positions)
Location: Dartmouth

Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) is responsible for assessing all property in Nova Scotia. The assessment information we produce is used by municipalities as a way to fairly and equitably distribute property taxes among residents. With seven offices across Nova Scotia, we provide annual property assessments to 54 municipalities and produce approximately 600,000 notices for property owners.

At PVSC, our people are our greatest asset and fundamental to achieving excellence across our business. We believe leadership is part of every employee’s job, at all levels of the organization. Therefore, we attract, develop and retain highly motivated leaders with a passion for learning and continuous improvement who also share our commitment to openness, accountability and excellence. Working together in a fast paced environment that encourages and supports innovation and collaboration, our employees excel at delivering valuable service to our clients, partners and stakeholders. In return, we offer a competitive salary and a full range of benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan (Public Service Superannuation Plan).

Position Summary
Under the general supervision of the Senior Manager Commercial, the Sr. Commercial Assessor, in accordance with legislation and internal policies and procedures, is responsible to ensure a fair, accurate and equitable real property tax base within the Province of Nova Scotia by determining and defending the market value of designated properties. This includes the assessment, valuation and defense of complex commercial properties as determined by management. The incumbent will also lead assigned special projects and is responsible for the mentoring of PVSC assessor staff. Employees are required to assist the CEO, PVSC with provision of assessment services at a level appropriate for their particular position.

Summary of Duties

  • Determines market value assessments for a portfolio of complex and sensitive commercial properties by using accepted valuation practices (cost, market, income) and mass appraisal standards in compliance with the International Association of Assessing Officers and in accordance with the N.S. Assessment Act and generally accepted appraisal principles.
  • Investigates and analyses market transactions through sales ratio studies to measure the degree of activity, to determine market changes and/or fluctuations by specific
    neighborhoods, and to identify and correct valuation deficiencies which impact on the assessment base.
  • Investigates, analyses and disseminates relevant data to all PVSC offices so that Commercial Assessors can apply these factors in the valuation of complex properties for
    which they are responsible.
  • Reviews documentation and reports prepared by Commercial Assessors on all valuations pending before the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board, consulting extensively with legal counsel, and provides the necessary expertise, guidance, direction and/or participation as required in order to prepare the Commercial Assessor to effectively appear before the Board.
  • Develops and maintains effective relationships with high-level stake-holders, such as municipal CAOs and owners/representatives of complex commercial properties, for the purpose of efficiently and effectively carrying out the property assessment function within the province. Relationship building with stakeholders is key to ensuring the success of initiatives.
  • When required, provides functional supervision of Field and Commercial Assessors which includes technical guidance, instructing, directing, monitoring and evaluating work assignments, and mentor by acting as a resource person in the interpretation of valuation principles and the NS Assessment Act, as well as assisting in their orientation and training and providing input to the performance management process.
  • Will establish and maintain a national network of industry professionals in order to stay current with valuation practices and issues which will help to facilitate the resolution of potential appeals.
  • May act as the main contact for industry professionals for energy, manufacturing and processing and renewable resource sectors.
  • Makes presentations to senior executives in industry and government (local, provincial and federal) on PVSC initiatives.
  • Develops or assists in developing training programs on new technologies for PVSC staff.
  • Assists in the technical training of all provincial Commercial Assessors in such areas as, but not limited to, theoretical and practical applications used in the valuation process, use of costing manuals, collection and analysis of data, use of statistics, application of micro-computers, determination of capitalization rates, etc.
  • Conducts appeal inspections for complex commercial properties, prepares valuation reports and provides expert testimony in defense of valuations in appearances before the Nova Scotia Assessment Appeal Tribunal and the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board by reviewing notices of appeal and submissions, both oral and written, made by the ratepayer or representative, consulting extensively with legal counsel.
  • Reviews and recommends revisions to existing policies and procedures as they relate to the assessment of complex commercial properties.
  • Conducts research on industry trends, plus reviews and recommends revisions to existing policies and procedures as they relate to the assessment of complex commercial properties.
  • Ensures changes regarding current trends, theories and practices in the industry are incorporated into valuation practices and policies and are disseminated to all PVSC offices.
  • Leads, manages and/or provides expertise on various complex valuation projects which examine trends and methodologies to ensure a fair, accurate and equitable real property tax base.
  • Leads special projects and mentors staff in development opportunities by assisting in orientation and training plus directing and evaluating work assignments.
  • Performs other related duties.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

  • Bachelor’s degree, plus
  • Six (6) years’ experience in mass appraisal valuation
  • The Appraisal Institute of Canada’s Accredited Appraiser Canadian Institute (AACI) designation, the International Association of Assessing Officers’ Certified Assessment Evaluator (CAE) designation, or equivalent accreditation in another recognized stream is required.
    OR
    An acceptable combination of relevant training and work experience.

Demonstrated Skills

  • Extensive knowledge and expertise in the appraisal process, including valuation methods, appraisal report writing and court presentation.
  • Thorough knowledge of the provincial Assessment Act, costing manuals, case law, assessment principles and practices and corporate policies and procedures are necessities.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of financial accounting and real estate investment analysis. The incumbent must be able to analyze market sales data, determine market trends, and anticipate future changes in the real estate market.
  • Proven experience in using micro-computer technology in the analysis of data and information and must be experienced with relevant software and commercial costing programs.
  • Must have the ability to perform quantitative methods.
  • Experience in mediation is an asset.
  • Familiarity with real estate conveyance practices in assigned region.
  • Proficient in the principles and practices of real estate appraisal and understand local market conditions. Accuracy and integrity of data entered into or transferred through computer systems must be ensured.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including effective presentation skills are essential, as is the ability to speak positively and persuasively about unpopular decisions or initiatives and the ability to serve as an expert witness.
  • Excellent research and analytical skills are necessary in preparing and presenting appraisal valuations, especially in the areas of special purpose properties and the impact caused by economic conditions.
  • Familiarity with computers and windows based software applications.

In addition, PVSC expects all employees to demonstrate the following leadership competencies:

Communication, Relationship Building, Decision Making, Client & Stakeholder Partnerships, Performance Excellence, Business Acumen, Pride & Ownership.

For more information about Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), please visit our website:  www.pvsc.ca .
Competition: 2015 – 036
Classification Range: PR 17 ($73,527.22 – $86,356.92)
Closing Date: Friday,  January 15, 2016.

All applications may be sent by email to:   PVSC-Careers@pvsc.ca . Submissions must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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