Real Property Agent/Real Property Agent, Senior

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About OCTA:

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is the county’s primary transportation agency. OCTA creates funds and delivers efficient transportation for Orange County. We keep Orange County moving with extensive bus and paratransit service, Metrolink commuter rail service, the 91 Express Lanes Toll Road, motorist services and freeway, street and road improvement projects. OCTA began in in 1991 with the consolidation of seven separate transportation agencies. OCTA is dedicated to its organizational mission and core values. OCTA’s mission is to develop and deliver transportation solutions to enhance quality of life and keep Orange County moving. OCTA’s core values consist of integrity, teamwork, communication, customer focus, and can-do spirit.




Under general direction, performs a wide range of complex duties related to the negotiation, acquisition, appraisal, sale, development, lease, management of real property, relocation of utilities, eminent domain support, and relocation of displaced individuals and businesses from properties that have been acquired. Oversees and administers right of way delivery of various projects for the Agency.

Real Property Agent- This is an exempt position in Salary Grade P: Min $64,958.40- Mid $80,204.80- Max $95,430.40 per year.

Real Property Agent, Senior- This is an exempt position in Salary Grade S: Min $80,828.80 - Mid $100,235.20 - Max $119,620.80 per year.

The starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.


The application deadline for this position is Wednesday, September 20, 2017.


This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.


  • Performs, plans and/or oversees the performance of technical tasks in the areas of property valuation, relocation of displaced individuals and businesses, right-of-way engineering, business goodwill estimation, real estate purchase and sale, property demolition and clearance, relocation of utilities, and eminent domain support. Coordinates relocation assistance and services with outside consultants and explains relocation benefits, when required. Serves as liaison among all parties in pre-acquisition environmental services. Consults with Agency and various governmental agencies’ professionals, property owners, professional people, and other agencies as well as answers general inquiries from the public regarding processing land dealings such as selling, buying and acquiring land, rights of way or agreements.
  • Negotiates with property owners or their agents for the purchase, voluntary transfer, or management of real property needed for the Agency and other public agency projects, including preparing for conferences with property owners, lessees or tenants by reviewing the property appraisal, title information and construction plans as well as inspects property to be acquired, collects real estate data and meets with property owners. Prepares offers, purchase agreements, escrow instructions, leases, deeds, joint development agreements, and other legal documents related to real property. Serves as a liaison among all parties involved in purchase, such as construction staff, consultants, contractors, attorneys, etc. May also provide oversight, modifications and approvals of external contractors’ and/or agents’ performance of these duties.
  • Solicits, reviews, and evaluates appraisals. Prepares work specifications and plans for selection and guidance of independent appraisers. Reviews title reports, appraisals, and similar supporting documents and reports. Prepares parcel information for condemnation activities in cooperation with attorneys.
  • Provides support to local public agencies involved in right-of-way activities connected with regional transportation and Measure M1 and M2 projects.
  • Procures and oversees right-of-way services provided by consultants and by government agency staff, primarily Caltrans and local public agencies, as well as by private consultants. Manages consultant contracts, including preparation of contract task orders, review and correction or work product, issuing progress payments, and related activities.
  • Prepares correspondence, reports, and other documentation necessary to acquire and track interests in real estate. Compiles budget reports estimating real estate acquisition costs. Directs the review of construction plans to ascertain easement, right of way, land needs and the effects on other land situations involved. Reviews legal documents such as deeds, easements, construction easements and permits and performs technical review of right-of-way elements of cooperative agreements.
  • Manages property management activities, including oversight of rental revenues. Prepares lease, easements, and similar real estate contracts, as well as normal property management functions such as court actions, delinquencies/collections, insurance follow-ups, etc. Reviews claims and supporting documents for relocation payments.
  • Generates revenue and/or disposes of surplus property as well as safely manages and oversees non-operating railroad right-of-way property located in Orange County. Manages property not required for immediate projects including rental collection. Manages real estate contract portfolio for revenue and non-revenue property.      
  • Prepares staff reports, fact sheets, and other Board items. Prepares Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Independent Cost Estimates (IDPs), Contract Task Orders (CTOs) and other contracting documents.


Real Property Agent-Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, or Economics, with a minimum of approximately three years increasing responsible professional right-of-way experience, preferably in the transportation area.


Real Property Agent, Senior-Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Public Administration, Business Administration, Economics, Real Estate, or related field with a minimum of approximately five years real estate experience in right-of-way activities (preferably diversified in street and highway, rail, bus, and other transportation modes), three of which are at the journey level in right-of-way. Current California Real Estate Appraiser License desired. Professional certificates/licenses in appropriate field, i.e., Right-of-Way Acquisition, Right-of-Way Engineering, Relocation Assistance for Residences and Businesses, Land Titles, Eminent Domain, and Real Estate Appraisal, etc., are preferred. Designation as Senior Right-of-Way Agent (SR/WA) is highly desired.


Knowledge of:


  • Procedures and federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations governing real estate practices, i.e., The Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisitions Act of 1970 (The Uniform Act), The Uniform Standard of Professional Appraisal Practices (USPAP), etc., and subsequent amendments.
  • Legal instruments required for real estate transactions.
  • Federal and state regulations and requirements related to relocation and business goodwill valuation.
  • Principles and practices of effective consultant oversight.
  • Eminent Domain process.
  • Theories, principles, and practices of appraisal, real estate acquisition, relocation, property management, environmental, condemnation, contracts, and general real estate law.

Ability to:


  • Understand and interpret legal documents, appraisals, engineering plans, maps, and related documents.
  • Assist in negotiations for real estate transactions.
  • Assist in relocation of individuals and businesses displaced by agency projects.
  • Assist in relocation of utilities.
  • Negotiate favorable real estate transactions, prepare appropriate contract documentation, and recommend appropriate strategies.
  • Understand, interpret, and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, contracts, budgets, etc.
  • Analyze situations, identify problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Compile and analyze complex data. Prepare comprehensive reports and correspondence.
  • Present real property related information to the Board of Directors as well as at public meeting, i.e., City Councils, etc.
  • Represent agency before the public. Interact professionally with various levels of agency employees and outside representatives.
  • Travel to offsite locations within a reasonable timeframe.


Working Conditions/Physical Activities:


(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Positions in this class typically require:

  • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
  • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
  • Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.


OCTA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and ensures that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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