Land Economists and Valuers assess the value of land and property, as well as smaller personal items like antiques or works of art. They also advise clients on the upkeep, administration, and use of land.
Duties and tasks
- Advising governmental officials, private businesses, and other clients on appropriate and beneficial uses of land
- Determining the value of a particular plot of land or piece of property by studying financial documents and information about the surrounding community
- Helping clients to manage assets
- Predicting future trends in land use and demand by studying market data and using this information to advise clients and developers
- Researching information about land and the nearby areas to best determine an accurate value for land
- Working with commercial property developers to maintain up-to-date files on current land and property values
- Working with the legal system as needed to provide evidence, act as official witnesses, or to help in mediation and arbitration
- Active listening
- Negotiation skills
- Persuasion capabilities
- Reading comprehension
- Use of logic, reasoning, and critical thinking
Valuers are often based out of offices or similar settings where they study documents and research land values and estimations. However, they also do much work in the field or on-site to best determine the value of particular plots of land.