Duplin County NC

Senior Real Estate Appraiser

DEPARTMENT:   Duplin County Tax Department 

SALARY:   $ 17.5111 – $ 31.0971 Hourly / $ 36,423 – $ 64,682 Annually  

OPENING DATE:  March 18, 2020           “OPEN UNTIL FILLED”                                                                                                                                        

APPLY AT: Duplin County Personnel Office
                     County Administration Building
                     224 Seminary Street
                     Kenansville, NC  28349

                     Website Address:  www.duplincountync.com

                     “Equal Opportunity Employer”



Performs difficult and/or complex appraisals for ad valorem tax purposes which involves administrative and technical work in overseeing the appraisal of new parcels of land and structures for tax assessment purposes.  Keeps abreast of all economic trends and defends property values at the local and state level.  Work involves preparing building permits, preparing correspondence, performing data entry, responding to taxpayers’ inquires, and performing field work and research. Work is performed under general supervision.


Appraises residential dwellings, farm, and more complex commercial and industrial properties, and building improvements; determines exterior and interior dimensions of building, including the foundation, exterior walls, type of roofing, number of rooms, basement area, interior finish, type of insulation, type of heating and air conditioning, and type of fireplace; determines functional and physical depreciation of the structure; and determines the grade of the structure according to a predetermined schedule of values.

  • Studies building plans, information pertaining to sales, & specifications to obtain data regarding size, type of construction, & other factors that affect property value.
  • Appraises subdivisions and tracts of land newly split among owners; re-appraises land affected by rezoning or other factors expected to affect value.
  • Confers with property owners and general public to explain appraisal methods and to defend value determinations; appears before committees and agencies to explain appealed property appraisals, as necessary.
  • Receives approved applications for building permits; prepares permits.
  • Maintains knowledge of market trends, costs and other factors affecting values of real property.
  • Assists and advises less-experienced appraisers, as necessary.
  • Prepares and distributes notices of value changes to taxpayers.
  • Defends tax appraisals before the Board of Equalization and Review, preparing and presenting appraisal data and supporting documentation
  • Researches deeds for property verification
  • Performs routine clerical and customer service duties as necessary
  • Other projects and responsibilities may be added at Duplin County’s discretion


Education:  Prefer graduation from a four year college with a Bachelor’s degree in business specializing in real estate or appraisal along with experience in real estate, tax evaluation or related field including supervision; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Training Requirements (licenses, programs, or certificates): 

Knowledge Requirements:

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, techniques and standards used in appraising farm, residential, commercial and industrial property.
  • Knowledge of the North Carolina Machinery Act and County tax policies as applicable to tax assessment.
  • Considerable knowledge of current construction costs and materials, current property values, and future real estate and property issues.
  • Knowledge of the use and interpretation of statistics and statistical inference.
  • Working knowledge of the application of information technology to property appraisal and valuation.
  • Working knowledge of modern supervisory practices and of the County’s purchasing, budgeting and personnel policies and procedures.
  • Skill in the use of mathematics and statistics to perform statistical analysis and develop equitable tax valuation schedules and perform sales ratio schedules.
  • Ability to use information technology equipment & associated software products including word processing, spreadsheets & databases used in area of property appraisal.
  • Ability to make decisions and to defend appraisals to property owners, the general public, Tax Administrator and the Board of Equalization and Review and Property Tax Commission.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in oral & written form & to exercise considerable tact, discretion & firmness, when necessary, in frequent contact with taxpayers & the general public.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, managers, coworkers, realtors, attorneys, property owners, contractors, and the general public.
  • Ability to coordinate and work effectively in appeals and controversial tax evaluation situations.
  • Ability to conduct an effective and fair tax appraisal and assessment program.
  • Ability to exercise considerable independent judgment and initiative in appraising property, advising appraisers and carrying out details of the work.


Experience: 3 to 5 years of experience in residential or commercial property appraisal; or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.


Special Information (Travel required, physical requirements, on-call schedules, and so on):

  • Certification as a real property appraiser by the Property Tax Division of the North Carolina Department of Revenue.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • The following courses must be successfully completed within 2 years of employment: Fundamentals of Property Tax Listing and Assessing as well as Fundamentals of Real Property Appraisal.